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Science-Based Health Benefits of Reishi Mushroom

Science-Based Health Benefits of Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is a fungus from Asia that’s also known as lingzhi.

It’s been recognized as a medicinal mushroom for over 2,000 years. It contains over 400 biologically active compounds but the main compounds are complex carbohydrates called polysaccharides.1

Traditionally it is been used to strengthen the immune system.

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1. Boosts Immune Function

In a 2003 study on the effects of reishi mushroom extract on the immune function of cancer patients, researchers found the mushroom extract enhanced the immune response of the study participants.2

Another study also supports finding that reishi extract has immune system modulating effects in patients with cancer.3

Researchers in a 28 day trial on football players found that reishi mushroom supplementation was able to strengthen the participant’s immune systems by increasing the counts of several immune cells and blood levels of cytokines. The researchers concluded that polysaccharides from the mushroom could be the main active compounds which strengthen immune function.4

Reishi may also increase increase the activity of natural killer cells which are a type of white blood cell that can help fight infections.5,6

Reishi extract can help strengthen the immune system.

2. Helps Reduce Inflammation

Reishi may also be able to fight inflammation and reduce oxidative damage.

A review into the effects of reishi mushroom have found it can reduce inflammation in people with asthma, rheumatism and pink eye.7

A double-blind placebo-controlled study found the polysaccharides and triterpenoids contained in the reishi mushroom act as an antioxidant and help to reduce oxidative stress.8 Another study also supports the antioxidant capability of the polysaccharides contained in the mushroom.9

A 14 day trial of reishi helped to increase anti-inflammatory and antioxidant markers which can help protect the body from oxidative damage.10

Other studies also support the anti-inflammatory capacity of reishi.11,12

Reishi mushroom can help reduce inflammation and oxidative damage.

3. Anti-Cancer

A strong immune system can help fight cancer and reishi mushroom extract has been shown to enhance immune response in people with cancer.13,14

A clinical trial on 225 participants with colorectal cancer found reishi extract was able to reduce the number and size of tumors.15

A 2014 study found that the polysaccharides from reishi mushroom can reduce immune system suppression in people with cancer. Researchers also noted that reishi has the potential to be used in cancer therapy.16

Reishi mushroom may be able to help the body fight cancer.

4. Heart Health

In a 2018 clinical trial involving patients suffering from angina or chest pain due to reduced blood flow to the heart, researchers discovered that polysaccharides isolated from reishi mushrooms acts as a potent antioxidant against atherosclerosis.17

Another study on reishi mushroom extract found it was able to reduce the damage done to blood vessels in people with kidney damage.18

Reishi extract was also able to lower cholesterol levels in people with diabetes.19

Reishi mushroom may help prevent damage to blood vessels and lower cholesterol levels.

5. Liver Health

Reishi mushroom has been shown to protect against liver damage from moderate alcohol consumption.20

In a 2017 clinical trial researchers found that a resihi mushroom extract was able to reduce oxidative stress on the liver and helped to reverse mild fatty liver.21

Reishi mushroom may be able to help protect against liver damage and promote liver health.


Reishi mushroom is an important herb that can help improve immune health and reduce inflammation in addition to other benefits.*

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