Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum), also known as Lingzhi, originally come from China.
They had been used in Asia for thousands of years to improve health and treat numerous medical conditions, and had even earned a title of "mushroom of immortality". (Ref. 1)
Reishi powder, like many other medicinal mushroom species, may help us achieve great health-related results thanks to being loaded with wonderful healing compounds.
For example, reishi's chemical profile famously includes polysaccharides. (Ref. 2)
Polysaccharides deliver a fantastic boost to the immune system, fight all sorts of bacteria and viruses, many deep-seated chronic conditions, act as anti-oxidants and help with the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the cells. (Ref. 2, 3, 4 and 5)
Reishi also contain some triterpenes, mostly ganoderic and lucidenic acids, which are similar to steroid hormones, and are believed to work against allergies, support the liver function and the immune system. (Ref. 2, 6, 7 and 8)
As we can see, polysaccharides and triterpenes, in synergy with other valuable compounds - ex., organic germanium, perform a function of immuno-modulation - that is, the realignment and fine-tuning of the immune system when it is "out of balance". (Ref. 2)
In this sense, we assume that reishi's immunomodulation may somewhat be related to it also being an adaptogen. This means that it can help the body manage stress and protect it from stress-related damage.
Among many other benefits, reishi powder may help support the cardiovascular and central nervous systems, thus healing the body as a whole. (Ref. 9 and 10)
As a great general tonic, reishi is specifically used for the relief of chronic fatigue symptoms and to help increase energy levels naturally. (Ref. 11)
If there is anything at all that we can call a wonder food with a certain degree of confidence, Reishi Mushroom will definitely be one of them.
A good way to take reishi mushroom powder is by using a capsule machine and empty capsules, or buy ready-made capsules.
You can also add this powder to any food or drink but please bear in mind that it has a bitter taste.
Occasional side effects from taking reishi over 3 - 4 months may include dry mouth and throat.