Ganoderma Mushroom Benefits
Ganoderma mushroom commonly known as the Reishi mushroom is native to China where they have been used for centuries to treat various conditions. Due to it medicinal properties, Ganoderma mushrooms have gained popularity in many countries notably US and Europe. Some of its health benefits include; possible cancer prevention.
Cancer is among the deadliest disease after HIV/AIDs. Research has found that Ganoderma may boost immune system and help the body to fight proliferation’s of cancerous cells. Further studies have found that Ganoderma may prevent cancer metastasis. The mechanism in which it works remains mystery, but studies suggest that it targets different stages of cancer development. For example, it may inhibit angiogenesis- the formation of blood vessels that supply blood and nutrients to the tumor, may prevent cancer metastasis or inhibit migration of cancer cell to other parts of the body.
Ganoderma mushrooms are also thought to protect body and prevent cancer development by inducing and enhancing tumor cells apoptosis. Whichever way it work, Ganoderma has been found to be effective against cancer, and is already being used commercially to suppress proliferation and migration of cancer cells. Further studies have suggested that when Ganoderma and green tea are combined they are effective in retarding growth of breast cancer.
Antidepressant and Emotion Booster
For years, Ganoderma mushrooms have been prescribed to people suffering from stress, angina and mood swings. Studies in China found that Ganoderma promotes blood flow and also lower oxygen consumption in the heart muscles which significantly boosts mood and reduces stress. This was confirmed by Japanese scientists and ascribed the benefits to triterpenes acids- a group of natural compounds renowned to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots. In china, Ganoderma mushrooms is part of Holistic Stress Management. Some people make a ganoderma mushroom tea and/or ganoderma mushroom coffee which probably originally came from China.
Blood sugar regulation and diabetes. – Ganoderma mushrooms may be effective in regulating blood sugar and alleviate diabetes.
Skin Care – Undoubtedly, Ganoderma contains the highest traces of antioxidants. It can help eliminate free radicals in the body which cause premature age signs such as wrinkles, fine lines and blackheads among other age signs that it may alleviate.
If you wish to restore and enhance your beauty in a natural way, free from artificial products which may contains chemicals with adverse effects to your skin, Ganoderma may be true answer for you. It will hydrate, rejuvenate and evenly tone your skin.
Antiviral and Antibacterial Properties
Studies have also suggested that Ganoderma may be effective against bacteria such as cereus, candida albicans, Aspergillus niger, bacillus and E-coli.
It may be effective against viruses such as herpes simplex virus 1 and 2, the influenza virus, and vesicular stomatitis.