What makes Reishi a top medicinal mushroom is the variety and quantity of triterpenes and triterpenoiods within the botanical. These bioactive compounds are responsible for Reishi’s distinct bitter taste, indicating its quality. Within these triterpenes, there exists an entire group of ganodermic acids only found in Reishi, which improve liver health by increasing lipid peroxidation. This works through the acids’ wonderful effect on the blood; enabling the cells to produce insulin, restoring cholesterol and triglyceride, resulting in lower levels of blood sugar and blood lipids. Together with the meroterpenoid protein and uridine, they help red blood cells absorb oxygen, increasing oxygen levels in the blood.
Thus, Reishi is considered a powerful blood tonic, boosting overall health and longevity. By improving oxygen levels and circulation, as well as lowering blood sugar levels and lipids, Reishi prevents blood clotting. This makes Reishi an effective agent when improving cardiovascular health and combatting diabetes. Although Reishi may not cure the disease, it will help the body heal itself by strengthening the cells from the inside out.
In addition, when ganodermic acids are synergistically composed with highly nutritional polysaccharides they show an anti-viral effect, inhibiting virus replication by preventing it from uncoating. Reishi also inhibits histamine release, helping to relieve the symptoms of common allergies. The polysaccharides are also anti-oxidative in nature, protecting against free radicals and cell degeneration.
When treating cancer, Reishi is officially considered a medicinal mushroom by the Moscow Cancer Research Institute and Japanese government. Reishi’s triterpenoids, including lucidadiol and ganodermanandiol, have shown significant inhibiting effects on cancer cells and prevents their proliferation and migration. Reishi also seems to impede angiogenesis, stopping the creation of new blood vessels, further inhibiting the spread of cancer, and reducing tumour size.