Ganoderma Lucidum is an oriental
fungus with a long history of enhancing health and longevity in
Japan, China, ant other Asian countries. It is a large, bitter, and
hard mushroom with a woody texture and a silky exterior. Lucidus is
Latin meaning shiny and it refers to the varnished look of the
surface of this mushroom. It is commonly referred to as Reishi and
it is commonly used as a medicinal mushroom. Medicinal enthusiasts
claim that ganoderma can heal and fight liver diseases, allergies,
diabetes, lung problems, and other diseases. Patients undergoing
chemotherapy and radiotherapy also use it for pain reduction. In
China, it is regarded as the herb of spiritual potency.
Components of Ganoderma Lucidum
It contains 1.85 ash, 3%-5% crude fat,
26%-28% carbohydrate, 7%-8% crude protein and 59% crude fiber.
Moreover, it contains a variety of bioactive molecules like
steroids, phenols, nucleotides and their derivatives, terpenoids,
polysaccharides, and glycoproteins. Its proteins contain essential
amino acids and specifically lysine and leucine. This contributes to
the health value of proteins.
Pros of consuming Ganoderma Lucidum
1. Anti-inflammatory effects. - Hot water from Ganoderma Lucidum Extracts has an anti-inflammatory effect.
2. Liver protection - Reishi is hepatoprotective per some stidies on the internet.
3. Oxygenation - It reduces the chances of suffering from attitude sickness by oxygenating blood.
4. Immunity benefits - In China ganoderma is used since it is said to boost the immune system.
5. Cardiovascular benefits - It is said that these mushrooms may inhibit the platelets aggregation in the body hence reducing the blood pressure.
6. Increase blood sugar balance. - It
has a blood sugar lowering effect due to the presence of
polysaccharides in its composition. Moreover, it increases the
glucose liver metabolism, boost peripheral tissue utilization of
glucose as well as enhancing plasma insulin levels.
Cons of taking Ganoderma Lucidum
People react differently to the use of
Reishi. Some tend to have throat dryness, dry mouth, while others
nosebleed after ingesting ganoderma. In addition, some people are
allergic to Reishi and its major components. They somehow experience
hypersensitivity to ganoderma components. Other individuals tend to
have an itch red skin rash.