Could the key to immortality be hidden in the small Reishi mushroom? Is it true that in order to find it, one has to check more than 10,000 trees? What is its relation to health?
Are its power exaggerated because of its rare origin and respectively expensive or rare substances? Learn today's scientific view on the mystery of "the phantom mushroom."
People in Japan call it Reishi or “the phantom mushroom”. The fungus is edible and has the characteristic shape of a horseshoe. It grows on trees as a parasite; it feeds on dead plants and thus improves the soil.
Reishi contains large quantities of active polysaccharides, ergosterol, coumarin, mannitol, lactones, alkaloids, vitamins, minerals, and last but not least- unsaturated fatty acids.
Studies show that Reishi affects immunity by changing the sensitivity to certain bacteria and viruses, cancer tissues, etc. But that does not automatically make it an immunity improving substance. It can just potentially improve immunity.
The general adaptogenic effect of reishi is proven on a lot of parameters indicating levels of stress. In the treatment of cancer (chemotherapy), Reishi is also used for preventing metastasis after surgery and others.
The prolonged intake of Reishi has a positive effect on various liver toxins, such as alcohol, and different medicamentation with effect on the hepatocytes. Reishi can be used as an adaptogenic supplement for prevention of liver health.
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