Ganoderma Lucidum
Also Known As Reishi And Medical Mushrooms
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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.

It is however important to note that the use of Ganoderma Lucidum might have both positive and negative effects.

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.

Moreover, when you are under medication, and using ganoderma lucidum at the same time, then it can interfere with the medication and its side effects. Furthermore, blood thinning caused by ingestion of ganoderma may not be helpful to individuals with low blood pressure.

Conclusion Of Ganoderma Lucidum - Consult With Your Doctor Before Taking

In conclusion, it is highly recommended that you consult a medical practitioner before indulging in the ingestion of Ganoderma Lucidum. The pros may be many but you should also be aware the cons.