The Health Benefits of Mushrooms: Make Room For This Healthy Shroom
Mushrooms that can fight cancer, boost immunity, improve liver function and help cope with stress? Reishi Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years due to their amazing healing capabilities. Studies have shown that reishi mushrooms have antioxidant abilities which support the bodies defenses against cancer, autoimmune conditions, heart disease, allergies, infection and much more. Find out how you can incorporate these into your daily life to boost the nutritional content of your favourite meals and beverages.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ganoderma lucidum (commonly known as reishi) is considered a spiritual herb, one of the top Taoist herbs believed to nourish our ‘shen’- the spiritual essence of our being. It has been revered as one of the most sought-after and powerful tonics in TCM with the ability to relax the nervous system, calm the mind and induce a state of relaxed focus.
Reishi Mushroom is packed with antioxidants and contains many health promoting compounds. As an ‘immune-modulator” reishi has the ability to bring the body back to its natural state and regulate the activity of the immune system. However, the actions are not limited here and reishi has been shown to regulate many cellular functions of the body in numerous body systems.
Reishi can help restore hormonal balance within the body due to the plant compounds acting as precursors to hormones. Studies have shown medicinal mushrooms including reishi have the ability to fight cancer by inhibiting tumor formation and blocking the growth and spread of cancer cells whilst increasing immune function. Reishi has been shown to have hepatoprotective (liver protective) effects on acute liver damage due to being so high in antioxidants. Reishi can help lower inflammation within blood vessels and arteries which may improve high blood pressure. Furthermore, it can help improve circulation, lower and high cholesterol levels. Reishi helps prevent allergies and histamine reactions which are associated with asthma and therefore can be used as an effective asthma treatment. As a natural antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, reishi can help protect against infections as well as reduce pain and fight fatigue.
It is safe to say this amazing mushroom does it all!
With a slightly bitter and earthy taste, reishi mushroom powder can be stirred into hot water or plant milk for an instant tea or tonic, it can be added into broths or soups, mixed into curries and is a great addition to your morning coffee to keep that buzz constant and stable throughout the day. You can find reishi mushroom in our popular Reishi Cappucino, Super Immunity and Herbal Hot Chocolate tonics at the Refuel Bar. We use semi-wild duanwood-grown, dual-extracted red reishi mushroom powder sourced from China’s Dabie Mountains to ensure the quality is high in order to gain optimal benefits. Perfect for a morning pick-me-up after your favourite workout or post-yoga in the evening to bring on a state of calmness and encourage restful sleep.