Reishi mushroom has some major benefits rooted in history. Where in the world do you think most herbal medicine was discovered? If you guessed China then you are right. This mushroom can be grown in the countries of China, Japan and Korea.
Eating cooked mushrooms is huge on the list for natural cures for cancer but it is the medicinal mushrooms like Reishi that need to be used. Using cooked mushrooms is important because the cooked mushrooms are easier to digest, it releases more medicinal healing compounds and it can kill off any harmful organisms.
Reishi, also known as Ganoderma lucidum, has bioactive molecules and polysaccharides that have been shown to better activate natural killer (NK) cells reducing cancer metastasis. These natural killer cells are lymphocytes that perform immunosurveillance within the body, constantly on the lookout for “immuno-alerters” that signal a tumor presence.
There is evidence that Reishi can assist in slowing the growth (angiogenesis) of tumors as well as triggering programmed cell death in malignant cells. There is data to support the potential use of reishi as an adjunct therapy for colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer.
There is a study in the United States Library of Medicine which shows Reishi's effective as it can sometimes be used in combination with other treatments.
This herb can fight a growing problem in developed countries called diabetes. The reason diabetes is so bad is because prolonged periods of high blood sugar can lead to lots of problems.
Some experts believe this mushroom can help lower blood sugar by preventing an enzyme the liver uses to make glucose. In one study a total of 26 human patients received one dose of 44 grams of reishi or a placebo for 12 weeks. Insulin resistance went down and HDL (the good) cholesterol went up among the group that took this mushroom. This did not happen with the placebo group.
Reishi helps with anti-aging and is known as the Mushroom of Immortality as well as the King of Mushrooms.
In a study published in the journal "FASEB" researchers gave mice this mushroom and noticed that they had a life span extension of 9% to more than 20%. This is the equivalent of 7 to nearly 16 years in human terms.
In a study undertaken with humans, 1100 mg doses of reishi mushrooms were given to the healthy participants.
The scientists noted that the plasma antioxidant levels rose quite rapidly to finally peak after approximately 90 minutes, while the urine antioxidant capacity (the measure of what has been in the body to be expelled) increased by 29% after only 3 hours. No signs of toxicity or side effects were reported at the end of this study.
Ancient Chinese healers believed the Reishi mushroom had potent anti-aging properties and referred to it as an elixir of immortality.