Ganoderma lucidum, otherwise known as REISHI mushrooms, are part of the Fungi kingdom and have been used in oriental medicine for centuries. Reishi mushrooms are full of bioactive1 molecules such as terpenoids and steroids and the protein within this mushroom are full of amino acids. So, what does this mean when it comes to the immune system? And how might Reishi mushrooms support our multilayered defense system on a cellular level?
Reishi mushrooms are taken in either powder, capsule, or liquid form and can be used to reduce stress, improve sleep, lessen fatigue, and build strength and stamina. There is research that shows that Reishi mushrooms are being used as a holistic medicinal resource to those who have health conditions affecting their heart, liver, kidneys, and cholesterol. Like any natural therapeutic support, Reishi mushrooms must be treated with respect and used wisely. There is a lot more scientific research unfolding as to how these mushrooms support the body and its immune system.1
We have shared with you the various aspects of the immune system, including its components as a layered defense system with an adaptive system right at its core, storing immunity in its memory bank. It is a complex system that needs balance and support through diet, exercise, pro and prebiotics and supplements.
Reishi mushrooms are often described as immunomodulators3, meaning that they can have an impact on the various layers of the immune system. Immunomodulators also possess adaptogenic qualities. What this means is that they can balance the body in adapting to the mental, emotional, and physical stresses of everyday life.4
Another role that the Reishi mushroom plays is that of being a detox agent. They are often used to remove heavy metals from fields that have stopped producing a good crop. With this in mind, the Reishi mushrooms detoxing nature, in turn, reduces inflammation in the body, giving the immune system a huge boost. Reishi mushrooms do this by being a resource to our white blood cells, which are the warriors in our blood, fighting off and preventing infection, while drawing pathogens to them to be removed from the body.5 6
In conclusion, Reishi mushrooms enhance the immune system by reducing inflammation and fatigue. They also boost white blood cells, which are the dominant agents that deal with infections in the body and prevent further disease too. Reishi mushrooms are said to help with an array of health conditions, and that is why we have included them in our CBD and CBA Nourish Nectar, as well as our CBD Miracle Manna. They work in synergy with other ingredients in our formulas and support the mind and body.
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