It is amazing that reishi mushrooms have started coming into the limelight only recently, even though they have been around since the last 2000 years in eastern medicine. The health benefits of this mushroom are so astounding that it is a shame we didn’t come to know about them sooner. Vegetarians, vegans, and even non-vegetarians can make this mushroom a steady part of their diets to ensure great immunity and good health, both inside and out.
Reishi mushrooms were believed to have the power of immortality and were only allowed to be consumed by the elite in ancient times. But you don’t have to be an elite to consume this mushroom anymore. And if you are still wondering why you should give this mushroom a try, read on to know all about its incredible health benefits.
1. It Can Boost Your Sex Drive
Libido in women is increasingly plummeting, especially in postmenopausal women. The reasons for low desire can be due to many reasons like stress, poor nutrition, age, etc. The prevalence rate of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) has been reported to be close to 10% in women whereas low sexual desire prevalence rate has risen up to 43%.1 Unfortunately, men aren’t doing much better either in this matter. Doctors are yet to find pharmacological solutions for this problem. But thankfully, reishi mushrooms can help.2
2. It Can Protect Your Brain From Oxidative Damage
3. It Can Safeguard Your Respiratory System
4. It Can Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure
High blood pressure has become increasingly common today. Dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and stress can all contribute to this condition in a big way. Among other the things, the easiest thing to fix is diet. You can cut down on certain foods like salt and add certain foods to your diet like reishi mushroom to improve your blood pressure.
5. It Can Improve Your Gastrointestinal Health
The inside of your body is built to protect you from everything bad. The natural defense system of your body can filter most of the toxins that enter your body through the foods and drinks. The helpful fauna of your gut plays a very important role in maintaining your defense system and in eliminating all the bad bacteria.
But sometimes, your body can falter and develop conditions that can take a heavy toll on your gut health. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) can be one such thing. This is an umbrella term used for many diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis etc. These conditions are known for causing inflammation. Reishi mushrooms are known for their ability to reduce inflammation by allowing re-absorption of water.7 Thus, you can improve your overall digestive health by adding some reishi mushrooms to your diet.
It Can Protect You From Cancer
Look around you. You are surrounded by carcinogens. From the shampoo to the dishwasher, everything that you use contains at least one chemical that has been found to be carcinogenic. We could discard everything and live au naturel. But that is not practical now, is it? So, one way to deal with this is to make sure that you eat foods that have anti-cancer properties.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been using reishi mushrooms for treating a plethora of diseases for over 2000 years. Western medicine is discovering the miraculous abilities of reishi only now. But better late than never. If you are prone to allergies or have a preexisting medical condition, talk to your doctor before you start having reishi mushrooms.
|↑1||Kingsberg, Sheryl A., and Roya L. Rezaee. “Hypoactive sexual desire in women.” Menopause20, no. 12 (2013): 1284-1300.|
|↑2||Willard, Terry. Reishi mushroom: herb of spiritual potency and medical wonder. Lubrecht & Cramer Limited, 1990.|
|↑3||Zhou, Yan, Ze-qiang Qu, Yuan-shan Zeng, Yu-kun Lin, Yan Li, Peter Chung, Ricky Wong, and Urban Hägg. “Neuroprotective effect of preadministration with Ganoderma lucidum spore on rat hippocampus.” Experimental and toxicologic pathology 64, no. 7 (2012): 673-680.|
|↑4||Akihisa, Toshihiro, Yuji Nakamura, Masaaki Tagata, Harukuni Tokuda, Ken Yasukawa, Emiko Uchiyama, Takashi Suzuki, and Yumiko Kimura. “Anti‐Inflammatory and Anti‐Tumor‐Promoting Effects of Triterpene Acids and Sterols from the Fungus Ganoderma lucidum.” Chemistry & biodiversity 4, no. 2 (2007): 224-231.|
|↑5, ↑7||Akihisa, Toshihiro, Yuji Nakamura, Masaaki Tagata, Harukuni Tokuda, Ken Yasukawa, Emiko Uchiyama, Takashi Suzuki, and Yumiko Kimura. “Anti‐Inflammatory and Anti‐Tumor‐Promoting Effects of Triterpene Acids and Sterols from the Fungus Ganoderma lucidum.” Chemistry & biodiversity 4, no. 2 (2007): 224-231.|
|↑6||Kabir, Yearul, Shuichi Kimura, and Tsutomu Tamura. “Dietary effect of Ganoderma lucidum mushroom on blood pressure and lipid levels in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR).” Journal of nutritional science and vitaminology 34, no. 4 (1988): 433-438.|
|↑8||Jin, Xingzhong, J. Ruiz Beguerie, Daniel Man-yeun Sze, and G. C. Chan. “Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi mushroom) for cancer treatment.” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2 (2009).|