It seems like every other day, there is a super food making its debut in the market. The latest on the list is the reishi mushroom. This beautiful red mushroom that looks almost like a work of art, has been used for many medicinal purposes for several years, especially in traditional Chinese medicine. In fact, the Chinese have been reaping the benefits of reishi mushroom tea for thousands of years by drying, cutting and boiling it in hot water. It is also known as Lingzhi (mushroom of herb and immortality) in China and Korea.
The Chinese regard this beneficial mushroom as something that has spiritual potency and an essence of immortality. It symbolizes success, well-being, divine power, and longevity. It is more revered for its pharmaceutical than nutritional value and its health benefits include blood sugar control, immune system modulation, liver protection and more.
The mushroom is too tough to be edible but its many parts are used for sundry medicinal benefits. It is consumed in the form of tincture, tonic, tea, powder and extract. But are the health benefits of reishi mushrooms backed by science? Or are they just passed along by folklore?
What Are The Health Benefits Of Reishi Mushroom?
1. Powers Up Your Immune System
Reishi mushrooms, known scientifically as Ganoderma lucidum, helps boost your immunity. How? It contains a high concentration of active components like organic germanium, polysaccharides, and triterpenes. These are proven to strengthen our immune cells.