1) Reishi Reduces Inflammation and Acts as an Antioxidant
Studies have shown reishi to reduce inflammation in rheumatism, asthma, inflammation of the membrane that lines the eye and eyelids without notable side effects (R).
14 days of reishi increased anti-inflammatory/antioxidant markers and protected the blood from oxidative damage. Researchers say this justifies the traditional use of Reishi by African and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent (R).
A study on people with advanced-stage cancer showed a decrease in TNF-alpha and IL-1 which are inflammatory cytokines (R).
2) Reishi Improves Anxiety and Depression
Breast cancer patients reported reduced anxiety and depression, as well as increased quality of life when they received reishi along with their cancer treatment. The group not receiving reishi did not report these effects (R).
3) Reishi Enhances the Immune System
Most people know about reishi for balancing immunity. G. lucidum can activate or deactivate certain parts of the immune system which is why it has a modulating role instead of a specific one area of action (R).
It contains high amounts of organic compounds that are proven to strengthen our immune cells and improve general immune system health(R).
It inhibits fungus growth up to 58% in 5 different fungal pathogens (R).
Reishi combined with antibiotics increased the antimicrobial activity much more than synthetic antibiotics alone (R).
The extract showed significantly enhanced wound healing activity (R).
Reishi extract has potent anti-malaria activity while at the same time protecting against liver damage (R).
4) Reishi Relieves Allergies
Studies have shown reishi extract to reduce and inhibit all four kinds of allergic responses (R).
Reishi has been used for various conditions, including chronic bronchitis because it reduces histamine. Studies reveal compounds found in reishi effectively inhibits the release of histamine from mast cells and stabilized mast cells at the same time (R, R, R).
5) Reishi Benefits the Heart
An extract of its protein has been shown to potently lower blood pressurewith effects lasting up to 8 hours (R).
It also reduced damage to the cells that line blood vessels (R).
In people with diabetes, reishi can help reduce both cholesterol and insulin resistance (R).
6) Reishi Helps Prevent Cancer
It has significant benefits for multiple types of cancer including prostate and breast cancer. It does this via various mechanisms: inflammation reduction, and inhibition of cell and tumor growth. G. lucidum is useful for both prevention and possible treatment (R, R, R).
Reishi suppressed cell adhesion and cell migration of highly invasive breast and prostate cancer cells, which means it can be potent at reducing tumor growth (R).
Also, it is an alternative way to aid the treatment of leukemia (R).
Reishi has been found to significantly decrease fatigue, anxiety, and depression and improve the subjective well-being of breast cancer survivors and patients (R).
Treatment with reishi for 13 weeks showed reduced tumor growth and weight by roughly 50% and potent inhibition of things like mTOR which promote cancer (R).
Preclinical studies have shown that reishi has potent anti-tumor activity and strengthens the immune system in advanced-stage cancer (R).
7) Reishi Helps You Sleep
Chinese and Japanese herbalists traditionally recommend it for insomnia due to its sleep-promoting ability (R).
Modern science has found that it is useful for sleep (R).
It goes well with melatonin and other sleep-promoting supplements. Here is a list of effective ways to enhance your sleep:
8) Reishi Heals the Liver and Kidneys
14 patients with proteinuria, a sign of kidney disease, used reishi. All 14 patients got rid of the proteinuria after using reishi and restored their immune system to proper balance (R).
Reishi protected against the damage done by moderate daily alcohol consumption on the liver in rats (R).
In malaria-infected animals, Reishi protected against liver damage while also potently suppressing the malaria infection (R).
9) Reishi Enhances Your Brain
Reishi also improved the brain function of the alcohol-consuming rats, both increasing the energy supply to the brain as well as decreased the amount of mind slowing neurotransmitters that alcohol increases (R).
- lucidum protects the brain against seizures. It reduced IL-1B and TNF-a, which are compounds that can cause seizures (R).
10) Reishi Aids Gut Health
It helps prevent ulcers from forming and lowers fat in the body as well (R).
11) Reishi May Treat Diabetic Symptoms
Some animal studies have shown the potential of reishi mushrooms in regulating blood-glucose levels. One study published in the “International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms” involving 71 participants with type 2 diabetes, investigated the effects of a reishi mushroom extract (R).
Laboratory studies show that the polysaccharides and triterpenes in Reishi extracts can prevent the development of new fat cells from pre-adipocytes, helping to limit excessive fat storage seen in obese people. (R) The extracts also have favorable effects on lipid profiles (cholesterol and triglycerides), which are frequently elevated in those with obesity and/or diabetes—and are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. (R)
Reishi extracts work to lower blood sugar by several different mechanisms. Reishi inhibits alpha-glucosidase, the chief enzyme responsible for digesting starches into sugars. (R) This inhibition prevents the sharp after-meal spike in glucose that is so dangerous as we age. (R) They also limit the destruction caused by advanced glycation end products (AGEs), the proteins whose malfunction promotes aging and inflammation. (R)