There is so much to say about the nutritional and medicinal (including preventative) properties of mushrooms.
Reishi works to adjust and fine tune the immune system, restoring immune health as well as liver function. It is essentially an “immune system
modulator”, balancing conditions that are either deficient or excessive. (SuperfoodEvolution).
Part of its secrets can be found in its high levels of polysaccharides and Beta-Glucans (polysaccharides that contain only glucose as structural components). These compounds “educate” the body, delivering powerful immune responses that increase the production of T-cells, B-cells and NK cell activity. (SuperfoodEvolution).
Cancer support – Reishi limits tumour aggressiveness by reducing blood supply to the tumour, activates the immune system and is reported to reduce the side-effects of chemotherapy (higher doses are required for effective cancer support).
Blood sugar stabilizer – in experiments reishi has been shown to reduce glucose, increase insulin release and enhance glucose metabolism in the liver.
Anti-oxidant – with radical scavenging activity it is able to assist in detoxifying the liver.
Liver protection and support – in treatments lasting from 2 to 15 weeks, the overall rate of efficiency was 70 to 98%.
Anti-allergy/anti-inflammatory – significantly inhibits all four types of allergic reactions, including positive effects against asthma and contact dermatitis
During an eight-month study of Alzheimer’s disease, patients taking a Reishi mycelium product demonstrated significant improvement.
Stiff joints are also treated with Reishi.
Anti-aging tests with reishi have shown that it is limits skin DNA damage.
Anti-cholesterol – reishi showed significant preventive and therapeutic action against plaque build-up in the arteries which leads to atherosclerosis.
A study in China found that low density lipoprotein (LDL, the harmful cholesterol) levels dropped in 68% of 90 patients, following one to four months of Reishi use.
What a fascinating fungus. The more I read on Cordyceps the more intrigued I become. I was recently told that this is the season (May/June) to search for fresh Cordyceps.
If you have never heard of them, then it is worth researching the many health benefits of this unusual mushroom that grows on the back of a caterpillar larvae found in Tibet, China and Nepal. Who would believe that this Cordycep mushroom’s origins are known to enhance physical and sexual performance!
You won’t find Cordyceps for consumption just anywhere – South Africans are only just beginning to embrace the medicinal benefits of mushrooms, and there are only a ‘handful’ of health stores that stock medicinal mushrooms – we do have them in our on-line store
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