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The benefits of Reishi mushroom supplements

The benefits of Reishi mushroom supplements

Supreme CBD Reishi Mushroom Capsules have been designed to support your wellbeing through the finest quality ingredients. But what are reishi mushrooms, and how can they help to improve your wellness?

A popular food in the East, resihi mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to help support the immune system. In more recent years, extracts of the mushroom are provided alongside treatments for cancer in China and Japan.

The mushroom is now becoming increasingly popular around the world as a nootropic substance and is often used either alone or in combination with other nootropics.

Let’s dive into the world of Reishi and learn more about these fascinating fungi.

Resihi mushrooms

A reddish-brown, fan-like or ‘bracket’ mushroom, reishi is most commonly found throughout East Asia and America, often on dead birch, oak and spruce, for example.

Traditionally, it is believed that these mushrooms hold a number of health benefits such as boosting the immune system, and reducing fatigue, stress and depression.

Reishi mushrooms contain a number of compounds that are thought to contribute to these effects such as polysaccharides, triterpenes, ganoderma lucidum peptides, sterols and other bioactive compounds.

These compounds have been shown to hold potentially immunomodulatory effects, anti-inflammatory effects, neuroprotective effects and cholesterol lowering effects – like sterols – for example.

Can Reishi help with stress and relaxation?

So how can reishi help support you on your way to relaxation?

As a nootropic or, adaptogenic, mushroom, the compounds in reishi mushrooms are thought to help the body adapt to stress and maintain balance through the modulation of stress responses.

The mushroom is suggested to reduce cortisol levels, and high levels of cortisol have been found to be associated with stress.

Additionally, some compounds found in reishi, such as triterpenes and polysaccharides, may also have anti-anxiety effects as they impact neurotransmitters including GABA – a neurotransmitter that has been found to be associated with the promotion of relaxation and feeling calm.

The suggesting anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects may also help to reduce overall stress and promote a sense of wellbeing.

As noted, while the mushroom has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine, scientists have suggested that more research is needed to clarify the therapeutic effects of reishi and its mechanisms of action.

Reishi research

There is a large body of research on reishi that shows the mushroom is generally safe to consume with limited adverse side effects.

It is believed that reishi mushrooms have high antioxidant activity, protecting the body from cell damage that can increase the risk of chronic diseases.

For example, a review of studies on resihi mushrooms found that results indicated the mushroom may reduce oxidative stress.

Additionally, the review found the mushroom extracts also showed potential beneficial effects in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and as having potential anti-viral effects and immunomodulatory properties.

However, despite its long use in traditional Chinese medicine, researchers emphasise that more research is needed on reishi’s therapeutic effects to understand its potential as a food supplement and in disease treatments.  

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