The red reishi mushroom has long been a trusted part of Eastern medicine, and modern research is beginning to identify the reasons why so many turn to this fungus for its potential healing power. The formal botanical name for reishi mushroom is Ganoderma lucidum, but it is commonly called lingzhi.
Some of the identified active molecules which are found in reishi mushroom include triterpenoids, polysaccharides, beta-glucans, and peptidoglycans—all of which may contribute to its documented health benefits and common nickname of Reishi, the Mushroom of Immortality.
Reishi Mushroom May Benefit the Immune System
Reishi has long been thought to potentially improve immune system function, and studies suggest this happens in a number of ways which may be unique to this mushroom.1
Research on the effects of molecules in reishi mushrooms in cancer patients suggests a possible increase in activity in natural killer cells, a type of white blood cell that has been studied for its relationship to fighting cancer and infection.2,3
Additional studies suggest there may be a positive connection between molecules found in reishi and other types of white blood cells, collectively known as lymphocytes, in fighting infection and cancer.4,5
Other Potential Benefits and Considerations When Taking Red Reishi Mushroom
While reishi mushroom can be consumed whole, it is usually taken in a liquid tincture or powdered form. Using a convenient reishi liquid extract allows you to make a delicious reishi mushroom latte, which is how Silo Wellness enjoys mushrooms.
Current research suggests reishi may have a positive effect in many areas, including:
- Heart health
- Blood sugar control6
Side effects of red reishi mushroom are usually few or none but can include an upset stomach. Those who have a blood disorder, low blood pressure, have an upcoming surgery planned, or are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult their health care practitioner about using reishi mushroom.7
Reishi Extract vs. Powder Formulas
As with most naturally therapeutic plants and fungi, the raw form is less potent than an extract. Unlike powdered forms of the raw mushroom, our reishi liquid extract is triple extracted to unlock the active molecules from the strong cell walls of the mushroom’s fruiting body.
At Silo Wellness, our process takes 100 days and extracts the active molecules into a concentrated and bioactive tincture. The finished product is free of GMOs, gluten, and agricultural chemicals, and is made from certified wild or organic sources.
Contact us today! Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have about this amazing reishi tincture that brings the benefits of this therapeutic mushroom to your kitchen counter, purse, or pocket.