What is reishi and how can it help you?

What is reishi?

Reishi mushrooms, or "Lingzhi" in Chinese,  are a type of medicinal mushroom. The mushroom is also known as the mushroom of immortality as, in ancient times, it was reserved for royalty to improve health and extend life. Many Asian countries have used these powerful medicinal mushrooms for centuries.

Now, scientists not only have more proof that these mushrooms offer medicinal benefits, but they know more about the properties of reishi and how it works to improve our bodies. Reishi is fast becoming known as one of the most dynamic superfoods in the world!

What are the health benefits of reishi?

Reishi mushroom is made up of molecules, including peptidoglycans, triterpenoids and polysaccharides. These molecules may be the reason they offer so many health benefits. The mushrooms are usually used in powdered form - sometimes specific molecules are extracted from the mushrooms.

Below are some of the many benefits of these popular medicinal mushrooms.

  • Reverse liver damage
  • Your liver has a tough job. It has to clear out toxins in your body. Reishi is known to help reverse liver damage, release free radicals and promote cell regeneration. This is why it is one of the ingredients of the Sfera Hangover Remedy.

  • Boost immune system
  • Feeling like your immune system has taken a knock lately? You should try reishi. According to numerous studies, the medicinal mushrooms help your body fight off infection by changing and lowering inflammation levels.

    Even if you’re healthy, taking a form of reishi regularly may give your immune system the boost in needs to prevent illnesses.

  • Improve mood
  • If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or irritability, reishi mushroom can ease these symptoms. The medicinal mushrooms can provide the mood boost you need while relieving you of pain.

    1. Improve your memory and focus

    Our brains, along with our bodies, deteriorate with age. With the right nutrition and the help of antioxidants, we can slow this process down. Reishi is full of potent antioxidants and vitamins that provide perks for brain function.

  • Reduce fatigue
  • Reishi has properties that ease the effects of stress. In a study of patents who were diagnosed with neurasthenia, reishi mushroom helped improve pains, aches and irritability.

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Compounds found in reishi may regulate your blood pressure. If you’re currently taking blood pressure medication, speak to your doctor before taking reishi supplements.

  • Prevent ageing
  • Thanks to the antioxidant properties of the medicinal mushrooms, it can protect your body against oxidative stress.

    It may also help protect your brain and nervous system, preventing neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD and orders.

  • Improve gut health
  • Gut health is so important. You have trillions of fungi, bacteria and other single-celled organisms helping you digest your meals and take in all the nutrients your body needs. This plays a big role in allergies, appetite, metabolism, and neurological function. Your diet can affect your gut health by causing ‘“bad microbes” to build up in your gut. This can contribute to gas, discomfort, inflammation, bloating and other sickness.

    Reishi is known to function like a prebiotic for the gut by feeding and sustaining good gut microbes.

  • Aid in weight loss
  • Improve your metabolism and lose more weight with reshi. Because it is a great antioxidant and improves gut health, your body will lose those extra kilos a lot faster with the right diet and exercise.

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