How Reishi Mushrooms Support a Healthy Immune System and More

Gandoderma lucidum

The fruiting body of Reishi has an exceptionally high content of beta-glucans and triterpenoids making it a powerful medicinal mushroom.

The powerful medicinal mushroom Reishi

2 ways Reishi beta-glucans and mushroom polysaccharides stimulates immune system

In summary, beta-glucans and other medicinal mushroom polysaccharides support your immune system via two routes:

1. Directly connecting with immune receptor sites to trigger the activation of white blood cells and their allies.

2. Indirectly, by ‘looking like’ a pathogen or cancer cell which stimulates a corresponding reaction within your immune system.

Moreover, unlike other stimulants, studies suggest that there seems to be no additional strain caused to your immune system by this medicinal mushroom.

In other words, the boost in immune function from medicinal mushroom polysaccharides seems to add no detrimental burden or toxicity on your body.

In fact, as a medicinal mushroom, Reishi is classified as an adaptogen, meaning it only stimulates what is needed within your body.

For example, if your immune system is working overtime because of emotional, physical or environmental stress, the Reishi mushroom calms the immune response down.

However, if your immune system is lacking, the very same medicinal mushroom will give it the boost it needs. The Reishi mushroom adapts to our internal environment, hence the term “adaptogen”.

Reishi Triterpenes as Anti-inflammatory and Anti-viral

Triterpenes such as betulinic acid and betulin are found in comparatively high concentrations within Reishi. Studies show Reishi triterpenes are bioactive within humans and act as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-viral.

Considering many illnesses such as asthma, peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and heart disease stem from chronic inflammation, it’s little surprise that Reishi is held in such high regard as a medicinal mushroom.

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