Nourishing Nutrition: Reishi

Reishi (RAY-she) is also called varnished conk, phantom mushroom, and ten-thousand-year mushroom. In China it is called ling zhi, which means “spirit plant.” This one mushroom offers immune support, reduces stress and anxiety, is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and much more.
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Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) contains carbohydrates, fiber, amino acids, protein, steroids, triterpenes, lipids, alkaloids, polysaccharides, glucoside, coumarin glycoside, volatile oil, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and ascorbic acid. It also contains the minerals calcium, zinc, magnesium, copper, and germanium. Additionally, reishi contains ganoderic acid, which is a free-radical scavenger, giving reishi antioxidant powers.
Reishi reduces the side effects from radiation and chemotherapy, boosts overall health, promotes longevity, speeds recovery from illness, detoxifies and regenerates the liver, improves circulation and stamina, increases blood flow, reduces platelet aggregation, enhances the immune system, and reduces inflammation in the joints.
Reishi is now used to treat an assortment of disorders;
  • inflammation
  • fatigue
  • frequent infections (urinary tract, bronchitis, respiratory infections, etc.)
  • liver disease
  • food allergies and asthma
  • digestive problems, stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome
  • tumor growth and cancer
  • skin disorders
  • autoimmune disorders
  • diabetes
  • viruses, including the flu, hepatitis
  • heart disease, hypertension, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • sleep disorders and insomnia
  • anxiety and depression
One of the best things about using reishi mushrooms is that they’re capable of doing so much, yet compared to medications they’re non-toxic and produce hardly any side effects of all. In fact, most people notice a quick improvement in their energy levels, mental capabilities and moods while also experiencing a reduction in aches, pains, allergies, digestive issues and infections.
Six different types of reishi, classified by color, have been identified. Each type has a different medicinal use:
• Red reishi has a bitter taste and is generally regarded as the most potent and medicinal of the reishi mushrooms. It is used to aid the internal organs, build vitality, and improve memory.
• Blue reishi has a sour taste. It improves eyesight and liver function and has a calming effect on the nerves.
• Purple reishi has a sweet taste. It enhances the function of the joints, muscles, and ears, and nourishes the complexion.
• Black reishi has a salty taste. It is used primarily to protect the kidneys.
• Yellow reishi has a sweet taste. It improves spleen function and has a calming effect.
• White reishi has a hot, pungent taste. It is used to assist lung function.
Reishi is found in tablet and liquid products the world over. Available forms of reishi include syrups, soups, teas, injections, tablets, tinctures, and extracts.
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