Support for the Immune System
Keeping your immune system in good working order is a proactive and preventative strategy. Reishi supports the immune system through:
Polysaccharide compounds found in reishi mushrooms benefit the immune system in multiple ways. By activating immune cells such as macrophages and helper-T cells, reishi influences cellular immunity. As a stimulus to increase immunoglobulin levels, reishi also impacts humoral immunity. In this way, reishi promotes the body’s defense against pathogens like bacteria and viruses by supporting a heightened immune response.
An overactive immune system can cause allergic reactions and inflammation. Reishi helps to down-regulate the immune system when appropriate to avoid these overreactions.
Has Adaptogenic Effects
Reishi is revered in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as the premier adaptogen in the Chinese Pharmacopeia. Adaptogens are natural substances that help your body to overcome and adapt to physical, chemical, and biological stress factors. Through actions that include mediation, down-regulation, and up-regulation, reishi’s bioactive compounds work together to support the body’s responses to stress.
Reishi is highly regarded for its support of the endocrine system, especially the adrenal cortex, helping to balance levels of stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.‡ Studies have suggested that taking reishi regularly can help you:
Find more stable, long-lasting focus‡
Restore balance and tranquility to promote restful sleep‡
This benefit is especially helpful in dealing with the effects of a fast-paced, high-stress day.
Contains Powerful Antioxidants
Antioxidant polysaccharides like those found in reishi can neutralize free radicals: atoms, molecules, and ions produced normally as a result of many cellular processes. Their unpaired electrons make them highly reactive and capable of causing tissue damage. Research studies with animals and cell cultures suggest the powerful antioxidants in reishi may help the body keep damaging free radicals in balance. Since oxidative stress ages the cells and tissues of the body, reishi may help to combat the age-accelerating and cell-damaging effects of free radicals.
Has Cardioprotective Properties
Reishi is often regarded for several cardioprotective properties. Researchers have reported that active compounds in reishi, especially triterpenes, can support blood pressure and cholesterol management. Reishi supports blood flow and oxygen consumption in the cardiac muscle. It may also inhibit platelet aggregation and complement activation that cause dangerous blood clots.‡