Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), also known as the “mushroom of eternal youth”, has been used as a medicine in traditional Asian medicine for centuries. In its natural state, this fungus grows at the base of forest trunks or on fallen stumps, nourishing itself on their wood.
Its medicinal reputation, so deeply rooted in oriental culture, has led to a multitude of scientific studies since the last century to validate its properties. It is currently considered one of the most studied medicinal mushrooms with thousands of publications on its history, composition and benefits.
Due to its use as a therapeutic supplement, it has been cultivated artificially, and its fame as a highly beneficial food supplement for health is growing day by day. Reishi is usually sold in capsules or in powdered form to add to smoothies, yogurts, soups, or any other healthy recipe.
Preliminary studies suggest that Reishi:
Reduces fatigue and improve symptoms of depression
Helps keep high blood pressure at bay
Increases “good” cholesterol and decreases triglycerides
Allows the body to flush out toxins and bacteria more efficiently
Helps regulate blood glucose levels
Has a modulating effect on the immune system