Why is Reishi good for you?
Ahhh Reishi, the modern day fountain of youth, the mushroom of immortality! We could use more buzz words and cheesy nicknames, but let’s talk about what Reishi is, what it does and why it’s actually good for you.
Reishi, pronounced “ray-shee,” has been used medicinally in China for over 2,000 years. It is predominantly known for itspromotion of longevity, hence the nicknames. However, it’s not only ancient wisdom that we trust in using this fine medicinal mushroom. Modern science has taken an interest in testing its medicinal properties in clinical trials and has found some pretty astonishing results.
Since it seems to be a hot topic, let’s first talk about its effect on longevity. Is it all just new aged hearsay? Not anymore! The most important component of Reishi in regards to its promotion of longevity are its polysaccharides, or long chains of carbohydrates. These polysaccharides were found to have life-span expanding properties specifically through their ability to boost the immune system and induce autophagy, a process that cleans out the body’s damaged cells in order to regenerate new, healthy cells. We stand by the nickname.
Not only do the immune boosting properties of Reishi aid in promoting longevity, it has been proven to boost humoral immunity which deals with antigens and pathogens that are freely circulating in the body and as a result contributes to strengthening the body’s immune response.
If you don’t care for the physical benefits of Reishi, we may have you convinced by the evidence of its potential to boost mood. A study of 132 patients with neurasthenia, a medical condition mainly associated with emotional disturbance, showed that patients reported an increase in sense of well-being and a decrease in fatigue after 8 weeks of treatment.
Perhaps the most exciting research though is the effects of Reishi in treating cancer. Reishi has been used for thousands of years to treat various diseases, including cancer, but more recent scientific exploration has proven why. Extensive research has shown that ganoderic acid, a triterpenoid found in Reishi mushrooms, not only suppresses tumor growth but also induces apoptosis (cellular death) of cancer cells. These findings make Reishi an attractive candidate in further research for cancer treatment.
Although we would have taken the word of the ancient traditions to heart, it’s sure nice to know the science behind this magical mushroom. It’s so beneficial that we wanted you to have some everyday! That’s why we added it to Dose My Coffee. With Dose My Coffee you can build better health practices into your existing routine. Just add a dose to your favorite coffee and reap all the benefits of this ancient mushroom.
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