Lingzhi mushrooms

Also called Reishi, is a type of woody mushroom well-known for its medicinal properties over 2000 years. Scientific name for this mushroom is Ganoderma spp.

Fruiting Body

A fruiting body is the mushroom itself. It is fleshy and contains spore. The fruiting body of Lingzhi mushrooms also consists of cap, stem and gills which act as a reproduction component. Unlike other mushrooms, Lingzhi mushrooms do not grow on the ground but it grows on hardwood especially oak.

How to use Lingzhi mushrooms

In ancient holistic medicine practices (Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM) the full-grown mushroom was dried, cut into slices then boiled in hot water and steeped to make a healing tea or soup. These days, however, you are more likely to find them in the form of a tincture, powder or supplement.

As reported by the website Dr. Axe, Lingzhi mushrooms are most useful if  take them in the morning on an empty stomach. Additionally, pairing them with water and vitamin C improves the absorption of the healing compounds, including several types of antioxidants. Because vitamin C helps break down the complex polysaccarides into smaller manageable pieces for the body to absorb.

Lingzhi mushroom extracts, powders or capsules are widely available in the market, especially health food stores or online. Therefore, when purchase any Lingzhi products, make sure to opt for the one that certified pure and produced in Asian countries.

Medicinal Properties

Boost Immune System

Lingzhi mushroom is believed to promote health and longevity, lowers the risk of cancer and also boosts the immune system [1].

Anti-cancer Properties

Lingzhi mushroom contains triterpenes and polysaccharides, which prevent spreading of tumors, boost the immune system and also fights off cancer [2].

Lowers Cholesterol Level

Lingzhi mushroom contains an organic fractions, oxygenated lanosterol which inhibit cholesterol synthesis and will lower the cholesterol level [3].

Decrease Blood Sugar Level

A clinical study conducted by using polysaccharide fraction of Lingzhi mushroom in 71 patients with confirmed diabetes mellitus type II. Results show that the polysaccharide fraction from Lingzhi was efficacious and safe in lowering blood sugar level [4].

For new consumer

Generally, Lingzhi mushrooms are safe and well-tolerated for most people. However, if you notice any discomfort, such as digestive issues or skin rashes, may stop using them and visit your healthcare provider.

References:

  1. Wachtel-Galor, S., B. Tomlinson, and I.F. Benzie, Ganoderma lucidum (‘Lingzhi’), a Chinese medicinal mushroom: biomarker responses in a controlled human supplementation study. British Journal of Nutrition, 2004. 91(02): p. 263-269.
  2. Kao, C., et al., Anti-cancer activities of Ganoderma lucidum: active ingredients and pathways. Functional Foods in Health and Disease, 2013. 3(2): p. 48-65.
  3. Berger, A., et al., Cholesterol-lowering properties of Ganoderma lucidum in vitro, ex vivo, and in hamsters and minipigs. Lipids in health and disease, 2004. 3(1): p. 2.
  4. Gao, Y., et al., A phase I/II study of Ling Zhi mushroom Ganoderma lucidum (W. Curt.: Fr.) Lloyd (Aphyllophoromycetideae) extract in patients with type II diabetes mellitus. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, 2004. 6(1).

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