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5 Reasons to Love Reishi

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5 Reasons to Love Reishi

Widely-known as the “Mushroom of Immortality”, the historical use of Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) dates back over 2,000 years. First recorded during the Han Dynasty, Reishi was revered as a superior food and medicine for Chinese royalty. Consuming the tea of this woody mushroom was thought to bring longevity, wisdom, and good fortune. 

Reishi was so highly prized during ancient times that it was frequently depicted in artistic renderings and paintings, often signifying its spiritual benefits. One painting in particular depicts Reishi at the very top of a cliff, representing “a bridge between Heaven and Earth.”

Reishi’s Chinese name, “Ling Zhi”, translates to “divine fungus” and alludes to the heart-opening and meditative benefits of this profound fungi. Taoist followers and monks often imbibed this elixir to enhance enlightenment and spiritual practice. In TCM, it is considered a “three treasure” herb, meaning that it harmonizes Jing (life force), Qi (energy) and Shen (spirit).

Reishi is regarded as a supreme nourishing tonic and a growing body of research further affirms this. Reishi is packed with immune-modulating, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-tumor, antioxidant and adaptogenic properties that treat a wide spectrum of ailments. It’s no wonder this restorative adaptogen is gaining popularity in our busy modern world!

Here are 5 ways that Reishi supports wellness: 

Calms the Nervous System 

Reishi is a nerve tonic and adaptogen. It guides the body to homeostasis and helps it adapt to mental and physical stressors. This mushroom works effortlessly to calm the spirit, restore balance and groundedness. 

Strengthens Immune Function

Historically, Reishi mushrooms have been used to fortify the immune system, working both preventatively and as a restorative in a wide variety of ailments. The secret behind their immune-modulating potential: Polysaccharides - the plant sterols that rejuvenate cells, fight infection and build immunity.

 Supports Adrenal Health 

When our bodies are emotionally and mentally taxed, we release cortisol (aka the stress hormone) to cushion the impact of stress. While cortisol is a helpful hormone, chronic stress can lead to overproduction and eventually, adrenal fatigue. Amazingly, Reishi can regulate cortisol levels in perfect harmony, creating a more balanced, resilient response to stress. 

Eases Inflammation & Soothes Allergy Symptoms 

Like many other anti-inflammatory foods, Reishi is packed with vital nutrients, antioxidants, beta-glucans and amino acids that optimize and protect our cells. Did you know that you can soothe seasonal allergies with Reishi, too? Modern research and herbal tradition shows the polysaccharides found in Reishi help inhibit the release of histamine and suppress inflammatory response.

Improves Liver Health 

Research suggests that the high antioxidant levels in Reishi may improve liver function and prevent liver disease. These plant compounds strengthen the body’s ability to flush out unwanted toxins and bacteria. while encouraging production of liver enzymes. Animal research suggests that Reishi may help reduce inflammation and damage in the liver.

There are limitless ways to add Reishi to your healing routine and reap the benefits of this immortal mushroom! Adding our Reishi Concentrated Powder to your favourite recipes is a convenient and effortless way to benefit from this mushroom. We love to simply add ¼ teaspoon to tea before bed, or blend with a smoothie in the morning. Click here to shop our potent and versatile Reishi Concentrated Mushroom Powder

What are your favourite ways to implement Reishi into your daily routine for optimal wellness?

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