Red Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) have been a part of some traditional medicine practices for more than 2,000 years.

According to one review article, reishi mushrooms contain polysaccharides, peptides, and triterpenoids, which may provide some of their health benefits. They also contain dietary fiber and various minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.

People grind them into powder or use extracts to make supplements and other products. While their use is widespread, the evidence supporting any benefits is still lacking.

Most researchers have done studies either on animals or in labs. The few human studies to date have not reproduced the same results, indicating that the mushrooms may not be as beneficial for humans.

Reishi mushrooms are best-known for their purported effects in boosting the immune system and helping fight off cancer. However, studies do not support the alleged benefits of reishi mushrooms.

reducing symptoms of an enlarged prostate
treating memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease
reducing noncancerous tumors in the rectum or colon
treating clogged arteries
alleviating stress
reducing fatigue from cancer
treating poisoning
improving blood sugar levels in those with diabetes
getting rid of stomach ulcers
healing cold sores and genital herpes
reducing human papillomavirus in the mouth
treating lung cancer
reducing fatigue
treating altitude sickness
treating hepatitis B
alleviating asthma and bronchitis symptoms
curing liver disease
alleviating pain from shingles
treating kidney disorders
boosting the immune system
treating viral infections
curing HIV
treating chronic fatigue syndrome
treating prostate cancer
helping people sleep
high cholesterol
high blood pressure
a weak immune system
urinary tract infections

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