Ganoderma (Reishi) Health Benefits
What is Ganoderma (Reishi)?
Ganoderma Lucidum (Red Reishi), also known as Ling Zhi, is a medicinal mushroom that has been revered as the “King of Herbs” and has become increasingly popular due to it’s profound and comprehensive health benefits. It also has been praised by world renowned authorities on nutrition such as David Wolfe for it’s highly medicinal qualities and overall “tonic” effect on the body.
What Is the History of Ganoderma (Reishi)?
Ganoderma (Reishi) has been studied for over 2000 years, primarily in Asia. At that time, it was highly revered but very difficult to find in nature, as it was only found on approximately 1 in a 1000 dead fig (or plum) logs.
As a result, royalty often sent out workers to find this miraculous mushroom to bring back for their benefit.
It’s only been since the early 70′s that researchers discovered a way to cultivate this herb on a larger scale, thus providing the general public with an opportunity to discover its wide array of health benefits.
What Are the Overall Benefits?
- Ganoderma (Reishi) is well known in the health and scientific community as being a powerful adaptogen and balancer of the body. Since mushrooms have evolved through different periods of strife on the planet, their ability to “adapt” is a direct benefit to the end consumer.
- This powerful adaptogen also strives to normalize the functioning of all organs and systems, and return the body back to it’s natural state. The natural state of the human body is one of health and balance.
- It has also been recognized as a general tonic, helping to increase energy and stamina.
- Finally, this medicinal mushroom has been identified as a potent immune modulator, which essentially means that it works to regulate and therefore strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system is the key component to warding of illness and disease, and keeping the body in it’s natural, balanced, and therefore healthy state.
These are a few of the reasons why this herb has been dubbed the “herb of immortality”, and revered as the #1 anti-aging herb in the world.
How Quickly Will I Notice the Effects?
This will vary greatly from individual to individual, depending on your current state of health.
Depending on your personal circumstances and diet, you can typically expect to feel the benefits as quickly as 10 days to two weeks, but will notice more significant improvements after continued use up to 3 months, as it allows the herb to revitalize and tone the immune system for optimal functioning.
Can Anyone Take Ganoderma (Reishi)?
Ganoderma (Reishi) is a food and is suitable for all age groups, however one needs to recognize it’s powerful effects may produce detoxification symptoms that mimic “side effects”.
Of course, it is recommended to consult your health care practitioner before starting any dietary supplement.
How Do I Take Ganoderma (Reishi) for Best Results?
For best results, take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. As with any strong detoxifier, it’s action will be compounded through the consumption of liberal amounts of water (8-10 glasses a day) to help remove the toxic build up in your system.
You may also want to take it with Vitamin C which helps absorb the it more effectively.
How Do I Maximize the Impact?
To maximize the impact of of this ‘smart’ herb, one should clean up their diet to avoid taking in the very toxins that ganoderma is trying to eliminate.
In general terms, a diet that is more heavily weighted towards fruits and vegetables is preferred. The consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugars (like processed foods), and non-organic foods should be limited to avoid stressing the immune system and liver with toxins, so that they can take a rest and be properly revitalized by this highly prized herb.
Are There Benefits to a Ganoderma (Reishi) Extract?
Ganoderma in it’s natural state is very “woody” and not edible, and therefore needs to go through further processing to extract the medicinal ingredients so they are easily absorbed.
In ancient times, it was cut up and boiled in hot water, then used as a tea or put into soups in order to properly digest the medicinal ingredients.
Today, sophisticated equipment and technology allows for the extraction of the active ingredients of this medicinal mushroom so that the fully potency can be enjoyed on a much larger scale.
Does Ganoderma (Reishi) Have Side Effects?
Ganoderma is non-toxic and can be taken on a daily basis without producing any side effects. This is based on 2000 years of research with no side effects reported in available literature and clinical studies.
It should be noted, however, that it is a strong detoxifier and can produce detoxification symptoms, which can be perceived as a negative side effect (even though detoxification is required to return the body to it’s natural, balanced, and healthy state). However, this does indicate recovery and will go away once you are properly detoxified.
For more on side effects, check out this article.
What Is the Recommended Dosage?
To learn more about guidelines when consuming ganoderma (reishi), visit this resource.
Can I Take Ganoderma (Reishi) While Pregnant or Nursing?
You should always consult with a health care professional before embarking on any new regimen while pregnant or nursing, and ganoderma is no different.
However, one should keep in mind that the benefits of this herb may be very beneficial in ensuring the mother maintains good health, for the benefit of her and baby, so pregnant and nursing moms may want to consider that as well.
Why Put Ganoderma (Reishi) In Coffee?
Coffee is the second most consumed beverage next to water, and is widely regarded by natural health advocates as unhealthy, especially at the rate it is consumed.
Adding ganoderma (reishi) to coffee changes the experience by negating those side effects that make coffee unhealthy, so that the world’s biggest addiction can now be turned into a healthier one.
Can I Take Ganoderma (Reishi) with Medication?
Yes. There are no reported contraindications in over 2000 years of study.
However, care should be taken due to it’s immune modulating and natural blood thinning effects for those undergoing organ transplants and on blood thinning medication.
As always, consult a health care specialist who is knowledgeable in the area of complimentary medicine.
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