- Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum or Ling Zhi) has been used in the Far East for over 2000 years. Reishi is an adaptogen and immunomodulator (beta-glucans), and has antiviral (especially herpes, flu, Epstein-Barr, HIV), anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activity. Helps to balance hormones and reduce impact of environmental toxins (triterpene activity). Reishi also inhibits 5-alpha-reductase activity by blocking conversion of testosterone to DHT, the more potent harmful testosterone linked with prostate enlargement.
- Supports healthier stress response and improves resilience, calms anxiety (polypeptides act as neurotransmitter and endorphin precursors, the alkaline fraction has an anticholinergic effect and relaxes the nervous system). Is a useful sleep promoter. May help to reduce seasonal allergies by inhibiting histamine release and response.
- Supports healthier circulation, oxygen flow (high content of germanium) and may reduce absorption of cholesterol (ganoderic acid activity blocks HMG CoA-reductase activity to reduce LDL and triglyceride levels). Supports the liver (triterpene), gut microbiome and can help to improve weight control.
- Useful in cancer protocols, and has anti-angiogenic and cytotoxic activity.
- Should not be used during pregnancy, lactation and professional advice should be sought if on blood-thinning medication as reishi may have an additive effect on the inhibition of platelet aggregation.