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Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits. Reishi, without a doubt, is one of the most famous medicinal mushrooms. It has been used for thousands of years to treat liver disease (such as hepatitis), nephritis (kidney inflammation), high blood pressure, arthritis, neurasthenia, insomnia, bronchitis, asthma, and gastric ulcers. It is also said to benefit the heart. Today this magical fungi is used especially for aging-related and degenerative conditions, such as cancer, and as an immune stimulant.
Red Reishi is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumour, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.
Another major active ingredient found in Red Reishi are triterpenes , called ganoderic acids. Preliminary studies indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions. Triterpenes are bitter in taste and the level of the triterpene content contained in a product can be determined by the bitterness.
Regular consumption of red Reishi can enhance our body's immune system and improve blood circulation, thus improving better health conditions. Generally, Reishi is recommended as an adaptogen, immune modulator, and a general tonic. Red Reishi is also used to help treat anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma.
The following table was found in a published article titled Medicinal mushrooms: their therapeutic properties and current medical usage with special emphasis on cancer treatments from Cancer Research UK.
Table - Pharmacological effects of whole Reishi extracts in vivo and in vitro
- Anti-allergic activity
- Bronchitis-preventative effect, inducing regeneration of bronchial epithelium
- Antibacterial, against Staphylococci, Streptococci, and Bacillus pneumoniae (perhaps due to increased immune system activity)
- Antioxidant, by eliminating hydroxyl free radicals
- Antitumor activity
- Antiviral effect, by inducing interferon production
- Lowers blood pressure
- Enhances bone marrow nucleated cell proliferation
- Cardiotonic action, lowering serum cholesterol levels with no effect on triglycerides, enhancing myocardial metabolism of hypoxic animals, and improving coronary artery hemodynamics
- Central depressant and peripheral anticholinergic actions on the autonomic nervous sytem reduce the effects of caffeine and relax muscles
- Enhanced natural killer cell (NK) activity in vitro in mice
- Expectorant and antitussive properties demonstrated in mice studies
- General immunopotentiation
- Anti-HIV activity in vitro and in vivo
- Improved adrenocortical function
- Increased production of Interleukin-1 by murine peritoneal macrophages in vitro
- Increased production of Interleukin-2 by murine splenocytes in vitro
Key active constituents :
- Polysaccharides Beta and hetero-Beta-glucans (antitumour, immunostimulating )
- Ling Zhi-8 protein (anti-allergenic, immuno-modulating)
- Ganodermic acids – triterpenes (anti-allergenic agents, cholesterol and blood pressure reducing
Active Contents: 30%, non-linear polysaccharide (beta glucan)
Who can use it? Anyone
Method of Extraction: Double extraction (hot water and organic grain alcohol)
Ingredients: Organic Duanwood Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) fruiting body extract
Other Ingredients: None
Recommended Usage: Begin with 1/8 tsp, gradually increase to 1/2 tsp or more; twice daily, AM and PM, or as directed by a healthcare professional
Add to elixirs, tonics, smoothies, homemade ice creams, puddings, fruit and/or vegetable juices, water, etc.
* If you are new to this herb, its best to start small (1/8 tsp), and gradually build up as your body adapts to its potency.
 Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing, & Culture (Herbs and Health Series), Christopher Hobbs. 1996. pp. 96-104
 Today's Herbal Health: The Essential Reference Guide, Louise Tenne. 2007 pp.93-94
 Guide to Reishi Mushrooms. Reishi.com 1996-2010
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.