Monday, May 19, 2014

King of Herbs- Reishi Mushroom Health Benefits

Wonder how a little mushroom can offer you so many wellness benefits? Yea, I am talking about Reishi mushroom. If you hear the name for the first time, then I will tell you all about it.

So what is Reishi mushroom?

It is called the King of Herbs or supernatural mushrooms. It is a fungus described by people as tough and woody with a bitter taste.

But the good news is it has more than 400 bioactive compounds. It is one of the oldest medicinal mushrooms being used by Chinese for more than 2000 years. Now that’s eons back.

Health benefits of Reishi mushrooms

They are believed to boost the immune system. Antonia a health enthusiast, writes in Naturalnews.com that
·      These mushrooms improve the skin by eliminating dead surface cells
·      Fights chronic fatigue disorders
·      Regulates blood sugars
·      Fights altitude sickness
·      Inhibits platelet formation which prevents blood clots


Webmed says it is believed that Reishi mushroom fights
·      Flu
·      Kidney disease
·      Liver disease
·      HIV
·      Stomach ulcers
·      Herpes pain
·      Stress
But more research work is needed to prove all the points.

However the North American Journal of Medical Sciences has published a study saying that these mushrooms contain triterpenoids which has anti- HIV protease, anti- tumor and anti-complement activities. These might be its secret weapon to boost immunity.

Reputed names in health industry feel that Reishi mushrooms can boost the immune system of those suffering from cancers and HIV. It raises the T cell levels in the HIV patients.

Safety precautions

Wembed says it is possibly safe. But pregnant women, lactating mothers, people with low blood pressure and thrombocytopenia – clotting disorder must avoid it.

Take care,
Swarnam