Know the well Ganoderma lucidum represents an opportunity not to be missed, because this exceptional mushroom can truly be a turning point for your health and that of your loved ones.
… The one above is the ganoderma. Do you understand where the name "lucidum" comes from? looks like porcelain, great.
Ganoderma lucidum has so many property which for years has been under the watchful eye of science. In fact, the pharmaceutical industry also wishes to investigate all the health potential of this medicinal super fungus.
So keep reading because in this article I present you all you need to know about ganoderma lucidum, also called fungus reishi. As always, everything you discover is filtered based on research.
- 1 GANODERMA LUCIDUM: A KINGDOM A PART
- 1.1 PROPERTIES OF GANODERMA LUCIDUM
- 1.2 GANODERMA LUCIDUM: COMPOSITION AND MECHANISM OF ACTION
- 1.3 THE 6 MAJOR ACTIONS OF GANODERMA LUCIDUM
- 1.4 GANODERMA LUCIDUM: WHAT DO BETA-GLUCANS DO?
- 1.5 GANODERMA LUCIDUM: WHAT DO THE TRITERPEN MAKE?
- 1.6 ANTIALLERGIC EFFECT OF THE GANODERMA LUCIDUM
- 1.7 ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECT OF THE GANODERMA LUCIDUM
- 1.8 CONTRAINDICATIONS OF THE GANODERMA LUCIDUM
- 1.9 QUALITY OF GANODERMA LUCIDUM
- 1.10 … AND PRICE OF GANODERMA LUCIDUM
- 1.11 RECOMMENDED DOSAGE
- 1.12 SO WHEN IS THE GANODERMA LUCIDUM USED?
- 1.13 CONCLUSIONS
GANODERMA LUCIDUM: A KINGDOM A PART
If they asked you "what is a mushroom?"Perhaps you would say it is a vegetable, as most people would probably do.
But mushrooms aren't vegetable, are they… mushrooms? Just out of curiosity I will reveal to you a peculiarity of mushrooms (if you don't already know it), and that is that mushrooms are part of a realm in its own right.
This particular form of life has been classified in a separate taxonomic category compared to other life forms. That of mushrooms (called fungi or mycetes). Then these are not vegetables and they are not animals nor of bacterial forms.
The mushrooms have characteristics that sometimes look a little like animals. In fact they feed on organic substances and are not photosynthetic organisms (as are vegetables).
Sometimes, on the other hand, they seem a bit vegetal, with their root system (fungal hyphae) from which the fungus is formed, which in reality is only a fructification of the true underground fungus. They reproduce by spores, like ferns.
In short, are mushrooms really strange?
But in the realm of mushrooms there are substances so powerful that they cover the whole spectrum of actions: from one powerful deadly poison up to aequally powerful medicinal action (exploited precisely in mycotherapy).
It is their medicinal characteristic that we want to deepen in this article. In particular, among all the mushrooms with exceptional characteristics we will deepen the ganoderma lucidum. This mushroom certainly conquers one of the first places on a hypothetical podium dedicated to the best medicinal mushrooms.
PROPERTIES OF GANODERMA LUCIDUM
What they say in Ais about the properties of ganoderma lucidum?
Reishi is the Japanese name for ganoderma lucidum. While for the Chinese the same fungus is called Ling Zhi.
As you will know Traditional Chinese Medicine (the one made of medicinal plants and acupuncture) boasts millennia of practice. Well, you must know that the ganoderma lucidum is already present in the Chinese medical material, the Ben Cao Gang Mu ', published in 1578 DC. In this text the ganoderma was the most respected herb among the 120 "major herbs".
GANODERMA LUCIDUM: COMPOSITION AND MECHANISM OF ACTION
If you take a look at the list of natural substances contained in ganoderma lucidum you can get an idea of his complexity. This complexity is directly associated with its numerous and profound health effects.
Let's see his briefly main constituents.
- Mineral salts: Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium and Germanium
- Vitamins: A, C, E, group B, and ergosterin (precursor of the vitamin D2)
- Amino Acids: 17 including all the essentials
- enzymes: almost different 100, mostly involved in the processes of detoxication
- Ling zhi 8 protein1 involved in the immunomodulatory activity of reishi
- sterols acting as hormonal precursors
- Polysaccharides with immunomodulatory action
- triterpenes: lucidene acid and ganoderico acid
In all the ganoderma lucidum includes almost 440 different active ingredients!
Of all these the active ingredients of greatest pharmacological interest are i polysaccharides, triterpenes, beta-glucans and germanium.
LE 6 MORE ACTIONS OF GANODERMA LUCIDUM
By grouping the health actions of the reishi into 6 main groups you get a global overview of its benefits.
Here are the 6 major actions of the reishi ...
- immunomodulatory (indirect) with antiallergic effect
- antitumor (indirect and direct)
- Anti-inflammatory (Direct)
- detoxifying (live)
- antibacterial (Direct)
- Antiviral (Direct)
The indication "direct" or "indirect" means respectively that that action passes through more or less short ways to go to sign.
For example, as shown in the list above, the anticancer action of the reishi mushroom is both direct and indirect. This means that it develops more power thanks to this double synergistic action (compared if it was only direct or only indirect).
GANODERMA LUCIDUM: WHAT DO BETA-GLUCANS DO?
The content of beta-glucans del reishi contributes to its modulating action on the immune system.
The reishi beta-glucans are partly absorbed by the intestinal cells and from there they reach the lymphatic and blood circulation. Through the blood they can interact with the macrophages, important immune cells, stimulating their activity.
Mechanism of action of beta-glucans
In summary the reishi beta-glucans adhere to special elements of the immune system (complement system) called C3B which in turn bind to the CR3 receptors of numerous immune cells.
The immune cells activated by these beta-glucans are i macrophages, neutrophils, monocytes, natural killer (NK) cells and dendritic cells. As you can see it is a broad spectrum action. This means that the reishi supports the immune system's efforts to eliminate foreign elements.
Let's move on to another important component present in the ganoderma lucidum ... the triterpenes.
GANODERMA LUCIDUM: WHAT DO THE TRITERPEN MAKE?
The triterpenes contained in the ganoderma lucidum fungus have a particular "oxygenated" state. That is, they are particularly rich in oxygen.
Oxygen is a particularly reactive atom, which is why it is thought that the effectiveness of triterpenes contained in the reishi mushroom is due to their unusually high level of oxygenation.
Here are the names of some of the most important oxygenated triterpenes present in this fungus: ganoderico acid type A, type B, type C2, type DM, type T, type X, type Me.
This group of reishi oxygenated triterpenes show a wide range of interesting biological effects (of a direct type) including:
- cholesterol lowering
- Anti hepatitis
- Anti HIV
Are you starting to get a better idea of the health strength of ganoderma lucidum? and there is still so much to discover about the medicinal virtues of this exceptional mushroom.
So let's continue ...
ANTIALLERGIC EFFECT OF THE GANODERMA LUCIDUM
The reishi must be one of the first choices in case of allergies. Above all, it is used preventively before seasonal allergens intervene and as a medium-long term treatment.
In fact, ganoderma has also been shown to be capable of resolve allergies (gradually) that otherwise would only be addressed with symptomatic treatments.
With each reishi treatment cycle the immune system tends to regain its balance compared to its excessive allergic reactivity.
The remarkable antiallergic effect of reishi is due to the synergistic action between two important molecules it contains: beta-glucans and ganoderic acid C.
While beta-glucans act by re-establishing the balance in the immune system (Th1-Th2 balance), ganoderic acid C acts with a direct antihistamine mechanism. You could not wish for more!
On the one hand there is the action of the beta-glucans dealing with restore balance that had been lost in the phenomenon of allergic sensitization.
On the other side theganoderico acid C immediately reduces the histamine reaction which generates the most annoying symptoms of allergies such as inflammation, itching, watery eyes, sneezing, etc. Therefore it also has a valuable direct action as natural antihistamine.
How many people have found unexpected benefits thanks to this mushroom with multiple properties!
Not for nothing is it appreciated and used as a medicinal mushroom by numerous doctors dealing with natural therapies.
Now we see one of the effects in which ganoderma lucidum really excels and if it plays against even the most powerful drugs ...
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECT OF THE GANODERMA LUCIDUM
On the anti-inflammatory effect of ganoderma lucidum, truly the highest levels of therapeutic efficacy. This property is always associated with oxygenated ganoderic acids that you saw a little while ago.
Several studies show an efficacy equal to the most powerful anti-inflammatory drugs in circulation today. Obviously the ganoderma unlike drugs: 1) has virtually zero side effects e 2) it can be taken indefinitely for a long time (in repeated cycles) without any damage.
The dott. Stavinoha has shown how 50 mg of this fungus has an anti-inflammatory effect equal to 5mg of hydrocortisone2.
In another study3 the ganoderic acids A, B, G and H showed greater anti-inflammatory activity thanacetylsalicylic acid.
Another research4 demonstrated an effect similar toindomethacin in reducing the inflammatory process.
CONTRAINDICATIONS OF THE GANODERMA LUCIDUM
There are no precise and consistent contraindications. It's a safe mushroom. Naturally I remind you in every confirmation also to your pharmacist or doctor of confidence before taking supplements.
About the contraindications of the reishi I tell you a brief anecdote ...
During a course in natural medicine (integrated) I asked the speaker a question asking him what were possible drug interactions they exist for ganoderma lucidum.
Short answer: Warfarin, digitalis and immunosuppressive drugs.
A few moments later my question is triggered by an argument between the onlookers.
Both the speaker and the course director (present in the classroom) rightly point out that everyone seems to care more about a possible drug interaction between natural remedy and drug than the use of the drug itself.
And I think it's absolutely right!
If you think about it, the interaction between a natural remedy and a drug may be one of inhibition (reduction of the effects of the drug) or induction (increase of the effects of the drug). This relationship is created between certain enzymes that metabolize drugs and certain natural substances.
If the doctor were aware of these interactions (just a summary table that is in an A4 sheet), on many occasions it would be sufficient to reduce the amount of drug intake during natural therapy.
But "for safety" we prefer to keep the drug against the natural remedy. So it certainly does not "risk" to heal the patient through the use of the right natural substances.
On the contrary, it is held on to drug that does not heal but in 99% of the cases has only a buffer effect on the symptoms.
Also, I must say that it also makes you smile all this fear instilled by doctors about the use of plants. The sad general rule is: since I don't know them they hurt or they don't work, in any case don't use them!
Then thank goodness there are also many enlightened doctors who have also studied plants and natural remedies in addition to drugs. From those you should go ... doctors yes, but experts in natural therapies.
QUALITY OF GANODERMA LUCIDUM
Let's start with quality for a moment and then arrive at the price ...
Like all natural remedies that act by means of specific active ingredients also the reishi mushroom must guarantee a optimal concentration of those active ingredients to be effective.
The best reishi mushrooms in the world are the ones that they grow wild in Tibet and in neighboring regions. So it is practically impossible for us to access it. The best alternative is therefore to choose products grown with the greatest possible care.
You have seen that the fraction of the most important compounds in the ganoderma lucidum are represented by the beta-glucans and triterpenes.
Therefore, a product worthy of respect must offer you a sufficiently high titration of these two substances.
An example that serves as a guideline in the selection of products based on ganoderma lucidum is the following. Here is an example of a titration that demonstrates a good quality of the raw material used:
- Total polysaccharides> 65%
- Total beta-glucans> 62%
- Total alpha-glucans> 9%
- Total triterpenes> 3,4%
These are indicative data to be used as a reference point for a quality product. They are in the data sheet supplied to retailers (herbalists and parapharmacies) who request it.
If you sell a reishi mushroom with too low reference values compared to these then you are moving away from the required quality.
So don't complain if it doesn't work! ?
… AND PRICE OF GANODERMA LUCIDUM
I can tell you that often Italian natural medicine experts recommend one of these two options for ganoderma lucidum:
The company MICOSALUD or the company Golden Wave. With one of these two you should be on the safe side.
That being said, quality ganoderma is a product that costs a little but as you have seen it is certainly one of the most valid investments in health you can make.
For example, let's talk about € 65 for an 180 capsule pack (average duration of 3 months) for the Micosalud product. But as they say "... worth it all!".
Finally, how to use the reishi mushroom?
First of all the use is recommended away from meals for better assimilation.
The dosage goes from 2 capsules from 550mg per day for inflammatory and allergic problems up to 4 capsules per day in oncological problems (obviously under medical treatment).
SO WHEN IS THE GANODERMA LUCIDUM USED?
The first thought on the use of the reishi mushroom is associated with allergic problems. That's where you can really solve an annoying allergy problem in a really simple and conclusive way. It has already happened to many ...
Then, wherever an inflammatory problem is present, the reishi mushroom seems capable of helping to levels of effectiveness equal to the most used anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects typical of drugs.
For example the reishi mushroom is used successfully in the rheumatism and atopic dermatitis.
The whole field of neoplasms it is the responsibility of the doctor. We are interested to know that yes, ganoderma lucidum can offer concrete help for cancer patients also in conjunction with the use of oncology drugs (under strict medical supervision).
In addition to enhancing the action of oncology drugs, the ganoderma also performs aprotective action towards the hepatic and systemic toxicity induced by these. A help not just for those who are forced to undergo these aggressive drug treatments.
So, if you wanted to take note of the more powerful and safe natural remedies known today then the ganoderma lucidum would certainly be included in this list ... GANODERMA LUCIDUM, for friends FUNGO REISHI.
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1. 'An immunomodulating protein, Ling Zhi-8 (LZ-8) prevents insulitis in non-obese diabetic mice”By Kino K. and coll.
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