Benefits of Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi mushroom)

Dr. Khyati Dave

If you think mushrooms are only good to be used for cooking in some salads or making pizza toppings, wait and think again. Reishi mushroom’s numerous health benefiting properties are also well known and it is safe to call it a dynamic superfood.

Ganoderma lucidum is also known as Lingzhi or Reishi mushroom. It is a fungus, which has been widely used since ancient times in Chinese medicines and is regarded as the “Herb of Spiritual Potency”. It has a unique property of not only boosting the immune system when it is weak; but also lowering it when it is too active. Thus, it helps to regulate the immune system.

Ganoderma lucidum is a polypore mushroom belonging to the genus Ganoderma. It has a kidney-shaped, core-like texture that ranges in color from red-orange to black. Instead of gills, it has pores in the underside, which may be white or brown, depending upon the age of the mushroom. Reishi mushroom has a bitter and woody taste, but it tastes delicious when mixed with other foodstuffs in the right way and right proportion.

Ganoderma lucidum is also known as Lingzhi mushroom, Reishi mushroom, Yeongji, Mushroom of Immortality, Herb of Spiritual Potency, 10,000 years Mushroom, Antlered Reishi, Rokkaku-Reishi and Ganoderma spores.

Nutritive Information of Reishi:

Reishi mushrooms are rich in rare health-enhancing compounds. Reishi mushroom is composed of 90% water and 10% of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and fiber. Although, the exact percentage varies depending on several factors including its growing conditions. They are a good source of minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

It has 400 different bioactive compounds which make it beneficial for your health. It is rich in antioxidants, polysaccharides, beta-glucans, triterpenes, ganaddoral, luceidenic acid B, enzymes, and ergosterol.

Health Benefits of Reishi mushrooms:

  1. Supports the Immune System:

It contains polysaccharides, which promote longevity by boosting immune system function and preventing abnormal blood vessel formations.1 

  1. Helps to Fight Free-Radicals and Reduces Inflammation:

Reishi contains antioxidants that help prevent damage to your cells, fight with free radicals, address inflammatory conditions and detoxify the body.2, 3

  1. The functioning of Liver and Kidneys:

It helps to improve the functioning of the liver and kidney and aids the flushing of toxins from the body. 

  1. Neuro-Protective Properties:

Reishi may help to improve the memory, focus, concentration and raise the ability to be calm and focus the mind. Thus, it was famous among sages, monks, and yogis who used it during long periods of meditation.

  1. Improves Mood and Aids Depression:

Reishi contains substances that are natural Adaptogens. These substances have adaptogenic qualities, which are believed to help the body in combatting physical, mental and environmental stress.

  1. Promotes Cardiovascular Health:

Helps to support cardiac health and regulate blood pressure.4

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Reference links:

  1. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-905/reishi-mushroom
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22203880
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25271985
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21801467