5 Reasons Nutrition Experts Want You To Eat More Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms belong to the tier of food items that are considered essentials to overall well-being. One of the best benefits you can obtain from these mushrooms is longevity as experts have found that they contain polysaccharides that can extend the human lifespan. Read on for 5 such amazing health benefits that you can obtain from eating reishi mushrooms.

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The reishi mushrooms, also known as "Lingzhi" in Chinese, are now classified as a superfood because of their incredible healing properties and versatility. They are commonly found growing on plum trees in the wild but it wasn't until later during the 20th century that researchers began to rigorously study the medicinal properties of the reishi mushroom.

According to these studies, here are five vital health benefits of reishi mushrooms:

1. They promote longevity

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The perhaps most amazing benefit of reishi mushrooms is their ability to expand the human lifespan. According to a 2009 lab-based study published in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, they contain polysaccharides that can effectively promote long life.

The special compounds perform this special function by boosting the immune system and preventing abnormal blood vessel formations that could form cancerous growths.

2. They can help to lower your risks of developing cancer

Some studies have established that constant consumption of the reishi mushrooms can help tackle cancer cells. So, not only can the reishi mushroom prevent cancer, they can also eliminate existing cancer cells in the body.

A 2010 study published by Pharmacological Reports has shed more light on the role of ganoderic acid, a triterpinoid found in the reishi mushroom, in the inhibition of the development and metastasis of tumors.

In 2011, a review of reishi mushrooms’ use in cancer treatment expanded on these findings, suggesting that bioactive compounds within the fungus may actually search for and eradicate existing cancerous cells within the body.

3. They can aid liver regeneration

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If you want to keep your liver at optimum function then incorporate reishi mushrooms into your diet. A research study in Food and Chemical Toxicology successfully used the power of the reishi mushroom to reverse chemical-driven liver damage in mice. However, there's still a need for extensive research on this function in humans.

4. They can prevent neurological diseases

A 2012 study reports that reishi mushrooms can boost mental function and also prevent neurological conditions like Alzheimer's disease. Furthermore, they can improve your mental well-being by improving your mood and staving off depression.

5. They can boost immune system

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Numerous studies have been able to prove that reishi mushrooms can affect the genes in white blood cells, thus altering and lowering inflammation levels. At such lowered inflammation levels, your body becomes better able to fight off infection.

There you have 5 reasons to eat more reishi mushrooms! Although they might not be the most delightful thing to eat alone, they can be added to different dishes —including pizza! — to make a fun meal!

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