Medicinal mushrooms are one of the most studied herb groups there is, not only in vitro (under glass), but also in vivo (in life/environment) which have had clinical trials for both humans and animals. Of all the mushroom varieties, the one that rose to the top of the clinical trials and various studies is the Reishi, or ‘Lingzhi’ mushroom (ganoderma species; ganoderma lucidum)
Reishi Mushrooms— Profound effect on cognitive ability?
Staying mentally alert as well as active is top of mind for a lot of people, and including nutraceuticals (food that has health-enhancing benefits) as well as supplements. The beneficial effects of Reishi mushrooms or cordyceps on cognition are an important attribute to discuss– and the research backs it up.
Recent experimental evidence shows that Reishi spore oils have a ‘neuroprotective effect’ on dopamine receptors/neurons in mice during clinical trials. This, in plain english, translates into possible protection from Parkinson’s for humans.
Other extraction forms of Reishi mushrooms/ cordyceps also show neuro-protective qualities during clinical trials and has show that G. lucidum may also be effective in improving the function of mitochondria in aging rat brains. This suggests the possible therapeutic abilities against age related, neuro-degenerative diseases.
The Important Parts:
The important active ingredient in Reishi Mushrooms is called triterpenoids. These key compounds are generating so much excitement during research that many companies have begun to prepare synthetic triterpenoids to mimic the benefits…as well as studying the naturally occurring ones found in Reishi Mushrooms.
At least two naturally occurring triterpenoids from Reishi Mushrooms have been shown to encourage nerve growth and promote ‘factor-like neuronal survival promoting effects.’ That means that they act in a manner similar to other nerve growth factors. This protects the health of neurons in your brain.
Reishi Mushrooms Help Target and Eliminate Cancer Cells.
Studies on the Reishi Mushroom have identified them as containing immune system building and anti-aging properties. The most recent studies have also shown that Reishi Mushrooms have several cancer fighting properties.
There are approximately 14, 000 known mushroom species. Possibly the most natural and potent organic medicines on the face of the planet, but scientific studies have only deciphered benefits from 7% of the 140, 000 fungi available on the planet.
The immune system is a collection of organs, special cells and substances that help protect us from infections and other diseases. If the immune system acts as a protector against germs and parasites, then it is vital to keep it strong in order to stay healthy. (1)
Typically, when people have cancer, the immune system is very weak because it has become vulnerable to a host of parasites and viruses that can harm the body.
Top 3 Ways Reishi Mushrooms Fight and Kill Cancer Cells.
It has been found that Reishi Mushrooms induce specific antibodies that target cancerous tumors and prevent resulting secondary infections. Cancer is toxic on the body’s systems anyways, but secondary attacks from environmental pathogens can make the body more susceptible to ongoing issues.
Another study that was done shows that Reishi Mushrooms can actually help breast cancer patients by inhibiting cancer cell growth and reduce the ability for them to invade the body. It interrupts cell spheroids that are involved in the invasive nature of cancer cells. Research shows that whole mushroom reishi extract can significantly reduce cancer cell viability by 50%.
Reishi mushrooms have also been shown to have the ability to cause a reaction called apoptosis– stopping cancer cells dead in their tracks. Healthy cells eventually die, but certain cancer cells do not go through apoptosis and actually can continue to divide, endlessly. This cell division can cause more issues inside the body, but luckily, Reishi mushrooms intervene and assists in this process a great deal.
Reishi Mushroom Supplements- How Can You Benefit From Them?
Now, be aware that these are only three ways that Reishi Mushrooms have proven to be effective in fighting the spread of cancerous cells. There are numerous studies that support other healing benefits from these amazing mushrooms…and you should consider adding them into your supplement regimen.