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The Health Benefits Of Reishi Mushrooms

by Fabian Jackson

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The vast world of fungi boats unparalleled nutritional and health benefits and extends far beyond the button and portobello varieties. Keep reading to discover all about Reishi mushrooms and why they’re becoming an ever more popular supplement. 

Reishi, or lingzhi, as the mushroom is known in its native China, has long been held as a symbol of longevity and well-being within Eastern medicine. For over two thousand years it’s been recognised for its health benefits and spiritual potency – Taoist monks even use them to enhance their meditative practice.  

dried reishi mushrooms sliced

Reishi mushroom benefits list

Reishi’s most well-known property is that it’s immune-boosting. Studies have shown it may alter inflammation pathways in white blood cells which can help fight infection and even cancerous cells. 

Reishi mushrooms are also thought to: 

  • Help aid weight loss 
  • Promote better sleep 
  • Reduce fatigue 
  • They’re thought to ease anxiety and depression and 
  • As well as heighten focus 
  • Reishi is also believed to help promote heart health and blood sugar control, but more studies are needed in these areas

The plant-compound, triterpene, has calming properties and the recommended method of consumption is in tea or even as part of a chocolate dessert – sign us up 

reishi mushrooms

Reishi mushroom side effects

Whilst Western medicine doesn’t see Reishi as a cure-all, it does recognise its properties as a sidekick for your immune system – something to be eaten along with a well-balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. 

According to Healthline

‘Some studies of reishi mushroom have not provided safety information, but others have reported that several months of taking it is likely safe. Nonetheless, several cases of severe liver damage have been associated with reishi extract.’

Research isn’t conclusive at this point, but they’re something to be aware of if you decide to look more into Reishi. 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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