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By Cathy Wong, About.com Guide
Updated September 18, 2012
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More commonly known as reishi, ganoderma is a hard, bitter mushroom used to promote health and longevity in traditional Chinese medicine. Proponents claim that ganoderma can relieve fatigue, keep cholesterol in check, curb high blood pressure, tame inflammation, build stamina, and support the immune system.
An increasingly popular natural remedy, ganoderma is only used as a medicinal mushroom and isn’t recommended for cooking.
Ganoderma shows promise in reducing cholesterol levels and easing allergy-related inflammation of the airways, according to preliminary evidence from animal-based studies. Here’s a look at more of the science behind ganoderma’s health-enhancing effects.
1) Cancer and the Immune System
Often used as an immune stimulant by people with cancer (as well as HIV), ganoderma has been shown to strengthen immunity as well as combat cancer-cell proliferation. In a 2003 study of 34 people with advanced-stage cancer, for instance, taking ganoderma in supplement form three times daily for 12 weeks led to a significant increase in T-cells (known to play a central role in immune defense).
Lab tests on breast cancer cells, meanwhile, found that combining extracts of ganoderma and green tea heightened the mushroom’s ability to slow cancer-cell growth.
2) Antioxidant Benefits
Several small studies have suggested that regular use of ganoderma supplements may increase your levels of antioxidants, compounds thought to protect against disease and aging.
3) Relief of Urinary Tract Symptoms
In a 2008 study of 88 men with urinary tract symptoms, researchers found that ganoderma was significantly superior to placebo in providing symptom relief.
How to Use Ganoderma
Ganoderma is available in capsules and liquid extracts, both of which can be found at health food stores. You can also take ganoderma in tea or coffee form, but beware that the flavor may be bitter.
Some people experience dry nose, dry throat, nausea, and gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea) when taking ganoderma. Since the mushroom might interact with certain medications (such as anticoagulants and some chemotherapeutic agents), it’s important to tell your physician if you’re currently taking or considering the use of ganoderma.
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The Science of Ganoderma
Ganoderma Lucidum is known as the “King of Herbs.” It is commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese. This herb produces a group of triterpenes, called ganoderic acids, which have a molecular structure similar to steroid hormones. It also contains other compounds many of which are typically found in fungal materials including polysaccharides such as beta-Glucan.
Ganoderma is considered the number one Anti Aging herb in the world. Of the hundreds of healthy nutrients, Ganoderma has many antioxidants and other nutrients that can support the body in reversing and slowing down the aging process. The effects of the Ganoderma antioxidants can reduce and reverse DNA damage and oxidative stress on the cells in your body. They can also control or inhibit the damage of free radicals which are a major cause of cell degeneration, aging and disease.
The Ganoderma Polysaccharides can reverse aging of your immune system, digestive system, blood sugar and pancreatic functions. These polysaccharides can also help your body protect itself against early breakdown of the cells throughout your body and in your skin which can lead to wrinkles. The lack of proper cellular detoxification is a major factor in aging and the ganoderma polysaccharides have been found to help the cells of your body eliminate these accumulated toxins on a daily basis.
An important enzyme found in Ganoderma Lucidum is Superoxide Dismutase or “SOD”. Research has shown that SOD helps to protect most cells in the body from free radical attacks. This is an important factor in health, anti-aging and harnessing diseases as most diseases today are a result of the free radicals that affect us as we age. Consuming the Ganoderma herb can help you increase and maintain your SOD level thus helping your body defend against these free radicals.
Another important nutrient in Ganoderma is Germanium which has been found to Increase the levels of oxygen in the body which can improve the health and vitality of all the cells of your body and lead to a strong immune system and increased energy. Other nutrients in Ganoderma help with anti-aging by increasing the body’s metabolism, efficiency of the digestive system, increased healing, improved circulation resulting in improved energy production
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