Ganoderma and Your Health
Also commonly referred to as reishi, Ganoderma is a kind of mushroom that is hard and bitter, used to promote longevity and health in traditional Chinese medicine. Those who support the use of this mushroom claim that it can keep cholesterol levels at bay, relieve fatigue, curb hypertension, build stamina, tame inflammations, and support immune system processes. Mushrooms are commonly used in various dishes, but not this kind because of its bitter taste. Species of ganoderma are typically found in wooded areas or the trunks of trees, mostly the dead ones. Unfortunately, the mushroom is not very easy to find (think two dead trees in a forest of 10, 000). It's so rare that there was even an old Chinese story about how the first emperor of the Chin Dynasty sent out a thousand men and women to simply look for Ganodermas on an island. The men and women he sent out never returned and this was how the legend explained Japan came into existence.
If you're looking for a way to enjoy the benefits of Ganoderma, you'll be pleased to know that the mushroom is now an ingredient in coffee known as Organo Gold. This is an excellent way to get your hands on the healing properties of Ganodermas because most people drink coffee anyway. Now because every cup is brimming to the rim with goodness for your health, no one can tell you that drinking a lot of coffee is bad for you. If the emperors of the past have made the effort to get their hands on this mushroom, then surely it's got something worth discovering. That's what you're going to get with every cup of the Organo coffee.
The use of Ganoderma in traditional medicine prompted research from modern medicine, because you know how the scientists of today are always wary of what has been traditionally used. Now to debunk or prove the benefits that have been associated with the mushroom, researches were done. Results show that Ganodermas show a lot of promise in reducing levels of cholesterol in the body and keeping allergies at bay by soothing inflammations. Studies done were animal-based and further showed the following:
- That ganoderma plays a role in fighting off cancer and boosting immune system processes. According to a study done in 2003, the mushroom was able to significantly increase the number of T-cells in the body, leading to a dramatic boost in immunity which kept cancer cells from growing. The study required supplements to be taken three times a day for 12 weeks in order to achieve the reported results. When combined with green tea, the mushroom showed a heightened ability to slow down the growth of breast cancer cells.
- That species of ganodermas have anti-oxidant benefits. Smaller studies have shown that supplements of the mushroom boosts anti-oxidant levels in the body, effective compounds that protect your system from disease and aging.
- That ganoderma provides relief for urinary tract symptoms. A study in 2008 involving 88 men manifesting urinary tract symptoms showed that the group who took supplements of the mushroom fared significantly better than the placebo group when it came to relief from symptoms.