The Ganoderma lucidum, called Reishi in Japanese, Ling-Zhi in Chinese and commonly known as the “fungus of longevity”, is a fungus of millennial origin that has been widely used by Oriental Medicine.
2,000 years ago Eastern cultures already used it as a powerful medicine of natural origin. It was considered as the anti-aging fungus that protected the health of the body, managing even to increase its longevity.
Since the seventies of the twentieth century it has been carried out and published several scientific studies that have confirmed the amazing beneficial effects that Ganoderma brings to the body, making it a natural product much venerated and universally recognized.
Antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties
One of the most appreciated properties attributed to Ganoderma lucidum is its high antioxidant power. As it has been demonstrated, the consumption of this fungus protects against cellular oxidation and stimulates the elimination of free radicals, making it a powerful ally in anti-aging treatments. Also, its continued intake helps us strengthen the immune system and increase our organic defenses protecting ourselves from various diseases.
The antioxidant and immunomodulatory effect of Ganoderma is mainly due to the fact that among its components are the triterpenes, organic compounds that improve the antioxidant defense systems of the body.
Another effective antioxidant that we can find in its composition is the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which functions as a protector of the organism against harmful reactions of the superoxide radical.
Treatment of conditions
The Ganoderma lucidum is also very appreciated thanks to its powerful effects in the treatment of various alterations of the organism.
In research conducted in recent years, it has been proven the effectiveness of this fungus as hepatoprotector. Triterpenes play an important role in this aspect as they prevent the oxidation of liver cells and act effectively in diseases such as hepatitis. On the other hand, polysaccharides (some biomolecules included in the composition of Ganoderma) help to delay liver fibrosis.
In the case of the digestive system, polysaccharides exert a beneficial effect on the cells of the intestine favoring intestinal transit and the evacuation of substances harmful to the body, so it is highly recommended in the case of suffering from constipation.
In addition to these examples, Ganoderma has been used to combat other multiple imbalances of the body such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, certain inflammatory processes, cardiovascular diseases, kidney problems and even in cancer patients.
Recommended for different moods
But the power of Ganoderma lucidum is not only in the treatment of “physical” affections but it is highly recommended for people suffering from insomnia, anxiety or stress.
Thanks to its sleep inducing properties, the consumption of this fungus helps to prolong sleep time and improve its quality as it increases the replenishing phases.
It also functions as an adaptogen, which helps the body to optimize its physical and mental performance and relieves it from the physical or emotional stress that it may suffer due to the environment and current lifestyle habits. In the same way, it has beneficial effects on states of anxiety or depression.