Mushrooms, anyone? While you may not know exactly what a reishi mushroom is, its health benefits are definitely worth exploring. The power of plants with all-natural herbal remedies can promote health, healing, and happiness and help your body reach the best version of itself.
With this in mind, WTHN offers many types of organic herbal supplements that can be taken to help you keep you and your family healthy, whether it’s an herbal blend to support your digestive health or if it’s an adaptogenic formula to help energize you!*
While many people think of herbs as things that simply sit on a spice rack, it’s important to know that herbal remedies have been used by herbalists for thousands of years because of the proven healing effects and restorative powers they have on our bodies. Herbal medicine, including mushrooms, can be used to rejuvenate and harmonize the many forces within your body to restore balance and promote wellness.*
So, what powerful health benefits do reishi mushrooms have in store for your body? Let’s take a sneak peek at the top three health benefits these mushrooms can bring to the table for you and your family.
What Are Reishi Mushrooms?
Reishi mushrooms, also known as lingzhi or Ganoderma lucidum if you’re a scientist, are a popular component of Eastern medicine that has recently been introduced to the West for holistic medicinal purposes. Reishi mushrooms have long been used in ancient Chinese remedies for thousands of years because of all of the powerful and healthful benefits they are believed to bring. Even thousands of years ago, physicians recognized how useful herbal supplements could be for your body, especially when it comes to promoting the body’s natural healing processes.
Lingzhi mushrooms can be eaten fresh, but it’s more common to use them in powdered form or in supplements that contain them. They grow natively in the hot, humid climates of Asia. These powerful little mushrooms are reddish-brown with a fan-like appearance. Reishi mushrooms often grow on the stumps and at the base of certain trees, particularly favoring the maple tree.
What Do They Do?
Ok, so we know that lingzhi mushrooms have a variety of health benefits, but what are they? Let’s explore!
The most important and widely known benefit is that reishi mushrooms help give your immune system a good old-fashioned kick in the pants.* That’s because reishi mushrooms help support your white blood cells,* which are your body’s primary defenders against foreign invaders.
However, it’s always a good idea to consult your physician before adding any kind of herbal supplement, like mushrooms, to your existing health regimen. While reishi mushrooms are still being studied in several different areas of medicine and health, certain studies have shown some promising, though preliminary, results.
Reishi mushrooms may also help to both support emotional wellness while also increasing feelings of energy in some people. Lingzhi mushrooms are also thought to ease feelings of tension and restlessness, which are feelings that can often contribute to tiredness if experienced too often.
Reishi mushrooms are also currently being studied for other possible health benefits including:
Supporting heart health
Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels
Supporting healthy antioxidant activity
While reishi mushrooms are great on their own, most people don’t only take one herb at a time but rather prefer to group their herbal supplements. When used in herbal combination formulas, many of these herbs help enhance the others’ beneficial qualities.
You can find reishi mushrooms in a great combination from WTHN called Can’t Touch This, which acts to support the immune system.* You can take 2-3 tablets twice a day in addition to other vitamins and medications. For optimum results, it’s best to start taking immune support one to two weeks before cold season or traveling to make sure you have built the best defense system possible for your body!
Let’s be honest - nowadays, you can never be too careful when it comes to getting sick, especially during the winter months when colds are so prevalent. If nothing else, reishi mushrooms can give your immune system health the support and nutrients it needs when trying to stay safe and healthy and fight off lurking infections.
What to Look Out For
While these powerful little plants offer distinct health benefits, you must always be careful to introduce them to your body in moderation. The age-old adage that “you can’t have too much of a good thing” is unfortunately not true. You can definitely overdo your herbal intake if you’re not careful. You should always follow the daily dosage and frequency recommendations.
There may be contraindications such as for those with blood disorders, so check with your doctor to be sure your herbal prescription is right for you. Moreover, you should not take reishi mushrooms if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
However, reishi mushrooms, used in the right dosages, are usually generally safe and provide many incredibly powerful health benefits.
In the end, talk to your practitioner about adding herbal supplements like reishi mushrooms to your daily regimen and see if they’re right for you, your body, and even your family. These little ‘shrooms are packed with the power of plants that you simply don’t want to miss out on!
For additional immune system support, check out our Kick It blend, which contains herbs that not only serve as immune support, but also herbs that can support sinuses, relieve body aches, and boost metabolism!*
*FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. WTHN’s products are not intended to cure, treat, diagnose, or prevent any disease.