The health benefits of reishi mushrooms are abundant in nature. They are known to enhance cognition, stamina, sleep quality, adrenal health, energy levels and so much more.
Research in Asia has even proven the reishi mushroom as beneficial in regards to preventing leukopenia, which is the death of white blood cells due to cancer or the use of chemotherapeutic drugs. Even in the world of Western medicine, there is an abundance of research documenting the broad array of ways reishi mushrooms are able to positively impact your health.
Not only is there a wealth of data indicating reishi’s life extending properties, but there is also an extensive amount of impressive research documented signifying the herb’s ability to stimulate brain neurons, to search and destroy cancer cells, and to prevent the development of new fat cells in obese individuals. Furthermore, it is specific for immune modulation and works as a potent antioxidant. Scientists researching reishi mushrooms have demonstrated the life extending qualities of reishi mushrooms using laboratory mice. The mice showed a nine to twenty percent increase in lifespan. In human terms, this is the equivalent of approximately seven to sixteen years.
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When searching for reishi mushrooms to purchase, it is preferred that the “fruiting body,” rather than the “mycelium,” is the part contained in the jar. The “fruiting body” is the sexual part of the mushroom, the part we associate them with visually. This part contains twenty times the concentration of immune potentiators, and beta 1-3, 1-6, 1-9 glucans than the mycelium. Mycelium, on the other hand, is the unseen fuzzy fungal matter growing on the inside of the log or underground that is feeding on the deteriorating wood and oxidizing decaying plant matter in the soil. While the mycelium actually compromises the largest bulk of the fungal body as a whole, it only contains a fraction of the immune and spirit power that the fruiting body does. Many reishi products contain the mycelium, so be sure to check with the supplier to find out the mycelium and fruiting ratio of the product. Be careful of reishi supplements on the shelves, as I have found many to be composed of nothing other than ground up mycelium. In this case, make sure to check the ingredients on the bottle or find a specialist if you are unsure. It is not that taking reishi mycelium is bad for you, as doing so will still prove beneficial.
However, the fruiting body remains more concentrated than the mycelium, thus making it more efficacious. To test the quality of a reishi supplement, open a capsule and stir it into an ounce or two of hot water. Good quality reishi will be thick in consistency and dark brown in color, and will taste like bitter, black coffee. If the color reminds you of orange pekoe tea with chunks of sediment lying at the bottom of the substance, then the product is mainly mycelium and is therefore not as potent. Larger doses are spiritually more effective.
Taking large doses is also a safe way to dissolve the much dreaded brain fog that a large part of society now experiences due to disease, prescription drugs, processed food, GMO, and the alarming amount of toxins flooding the environment. It may be appropriate to start out with the dosing indicated on the bottle, and then work your way up until you reach your desired result. If you prefer using the powdered form, it tastes great when added to teas or smoothies. As always, listen to your body. It will always tell you what it needs, meaning you alone are the single best judge on what you should and should not take.