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Welcome to “Reishi Mushrooms for Immune System Health” article!
Before we talk about the amazing health benefits of reishi mushrooms, we wanted to share few interesting facts about it.
Interesting Facts about the Reishi Mushrooms
The scientific name for reishi mushroom is Ganoderma lucidum and the popular Chinese name is lingzhi.
The Japanese name is Mannentake and it is known by many other names in various countries.
It is also known by different names due to it’s amazing power as it is known as auspicious plant and immortality plant in the Japanese culture. It is also known as the plant of longevity in the Chinese culture. As per Wikipedia, there are many more local names in the Chinese culture because they love this mushroom and call it by different names such as ‘Herb of Spiritual Potency’, ‘divine mushroom’, ‘Marvelous Fungus’ and many more (Source: Wikipedia)
Also as per the Wikipedia, lingzhi (reishi mushroom) was first used in the Chinese Han dynasty more than 2000 years back. It was also known as the elixir of life.
Now let’s look at the reasons why this mushroom has been named with so many amazing benefits.
Scientific Facts about the Reishi Mushrooms
While a number of people are busy researching the health benefits of the reishi mushrooms, we will focus on some of the known facts.
As per our policy, we will not put any claims here even if some other websites do claim those benefits. Our goal is to present a balanced picture so that you benefit from this information without unnecessary influence from us.
Since the information shared by Wikipedia is so authoritative, we have decided not to do any commentary on this:
Ganoderma lucidum produces a group of triterpenes called ganoderic acids, which have a molecular structure similar to steroid hormones. It also contains other compounds often found in fungal materials, including polysaccharides (such as beta-glucan), coumarin, mannitol, and alkaloids. Sterols isolated from the mushroom include, ganoderol, ganoderenic acid, ganoderiol, ganodermanontriol, lucidadiol, and ganodermadiol. Fungal immunomodulatory proteins (FIPs) are bioactive ingredients within genera Ganoderma that have immune building properties. FIPs stimulate different cells and cellular components that enable immune response. Some of the molecules and cells that FIPs influence include T and B lymphocytes, natural killer cells, macrophages, and regulation of human monocyte DCs. Improved function of these cells will promote cytokine expression such as IL2, IL-4, and IFN-gamma which will support lymphocyte proliferation, immune cell initiation, and tumor inhibiting factors. Immunostimulation from FIPs could cause increased expression of costimulatory molecules and major histocompatibility complexes (MHC) which help to create a pathway for immune response to take place.
If you don’t like the difficult explanation of the Wikipedia, it simply means that reishi mushroom is good for immune system health.
Many studies are in progress to find out how reishi mushroom helps with the cardiovascular health, blood sugar health and gastric health.
As per the Chinese philosophy, it positively impacts the life-energy or Qi of the heart.
Different Ways to Use Reishi Mushrooms
Now a days lingzhi is effectively cultivated on hardwood logs or sawdust/woodchips for commercial purpose and it’s difficult to get this in the wild jungles as many mushroom enthusiasts go for the mushroom hunting.
Due to its’ bitter taste, it is not liked by everyone in their soup but some people like it.
It is also popular in the form of tea. It’s extract is used in many forms such as capsules or simply in the powder form for vitamins.
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