The Health Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms - Britt's Superfoods

The Health Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms

The Reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderma lucidum and lingzhi, is a fungus that grows in hot and humid locations. It is kidney shaped and red in colour.

It has long been used for medicinal purposes and today we are beginning to recognise the broad range of properties this mushroom has to offer.

1. May improve sleep and depression

Reishi mushrooms are adaptogens - plants that help the body combat stress. They are full of Triterpenes which naturally help the nervous system relax.

In one study it was found that fatigue was reduced and quality of life was improved after 4 weeks of taking Reishi in a group of 48 breast cancer survivors

What’s more, the people in the study also experienced less anxiety and depression.

2. Can reduce fatigue

This is a condition where tiredness isn’t relieved by getting enough rest. Experts think it could be triggered by a combination of factors like infections, immune system and stress. 

Studies show that Reishi mushrooms may reduce the severity of chronic fatigue. This effect may be due to the mushrooms ability to boost the immune system and fight free radical damage .

3. Supports immunity health

Recent research has shown that one of the benefits of Reishi is their ability to counteract immunosenescence, ageing and gradual loss of immune function. Immunosenescence raises the risk for infection, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. 

The complex sugars - beta glucans in mushrooms are thought to stimulate the immune system to prevent infection.

4. Rich in antioxidants

They're rich in antioxidants which are properties that can reduce the risk of disease and premature ageing.

5. They could be beneficial for cancer

 One small study  in the Journal of Oncology found that tumours shrank in three cancer patients that were taking Reishi mushrooms.

Researchers believe beta glucans in the mushrooms may prevent new blood vessel growth, which is key as cancer cells need a steady blood supply to grow.

While more research is needed in humans, lab studies also show that reishi mushrooms also stimulate a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells that target abnormal — including cancerous — cells. 

We add Reishi mushrooms to our Kale, Reishi & Maca juice

This delicious blend aids a healthy immune system, protects cells from oxidative stress and supports healthy skin. Kale, a fantastic source of dietary fibre, is high in magnesium. Maca is rich in zinc and magnesium and Reishi mushroom has immune-boosting properties.

To order yours visit our shop today.

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