Generalised Health Benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum
Acid v Alkaline
Nearly all other coffee is profoundly acidic. Generally, coffee will come out as 5.2 on the ph scale! That’s about 100 times more acidic than water! Our coffee has a ph of about 7.1, so it is actually alkaline. This makes a massive difference to the way in which the body works and functions, especially when we look at enzyme activity.
Once enzymes and their receptors are outside of their optimum ph level, they continue to function, but at a reduced rate.
This clearly demonstrates that if we can alkalise the body, then enzymes perform better, therefore the body can function better.
Asthma and Airway inflammation
Asthma is a silent inflammatory condition of the airways.
An effective anti-inflammatory drug should be able to inhibit the development of chronic inflammation without interfering in normal homeostasis”.
A number of herbal drugs have been identified in the past that can target inflammatory cytokines. Among these, Ganoderma Lucidum: a powerful medicinal mushroom has been found to possess immune-modulating and immune-potentiating capabilities and has been characterized as a wonder herb”.
Reference – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health 24948193
Clinical studies and experiments have shown that Ganoderma Lucidum can effectively dilate coronary arteries, therefore increasing blood flow, oxygenation and energy to the heart.
This helps to protect the heart from a shortage of blood supply.
Due to this dilation of blood vessels, it helps to reduce blood pressure, and generally increases the amount of oxygen travelling around in the blood to body cells and muscles.
This all assists in the potential prevention of strokes.
Ganoderma Lucidum is a Nitric Donor, meaning that it gives Nitric Oxide. It is the Nitric Oxide that enables blood vessel dilation.
Prevent Signs of Ageing
The polysaccharides and polypeptides in Ganoderma Lucidum can effectively delay signs of ageing. It does this by:
- Enhancing and regulating the immune system
- Has effect on free radicals. It can assist in the removal of free radicals, therefore preventing damage on the body by over-oxidation. This protects the cells and delays their ageing.
- Polysaccharides also enhance cell division, which also helps to prevent ageing.
Cancer and Tumours
“Ganoderma exerts its effects on cancer cells and may have potential therapeutic use for the prevention and treatment of cancer”.
Reference – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health International Journal oncol 2004
“A pilot trial showed that when Ganoderma was given to patients undergoing chemotherapy, the patients reported less anxiety and depression and better quality of life”.
Evidence based on compliment alternative medicine 2012 US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
Help with sleeping
Ganoderma can significantly decreased sleep latency (time to get to sleep), and increase total sleep time.
Ganoderma promotes the conversion of glutamate (the most excitable neurotransmitter) to gaba.
When the body and brain begin to get into sleep mode, glutamate is converted into gaba. Ganoderma promotes this conversation, so it helps the body go from an excitable neurochemistry, to a relaxed and calm neurochemistry.
It is estimated that we all have at least 700 toxins in our system, which contribute to…
- Sleep disturbance
- Intestinal distress
- Allergy Symptoms
Ganoderma has natural detoxifying properties by enhancing the liver and kidneys.
Beta cells in the pancreas are responsible for making insulin.
Ganoderma accelerates beta cell regeneration, and helps prevent death of the beta cells. This obviously helps in the production of insulin.
Reference – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health 23874489
One of the promising tools in tackling obesity is the modulation of the gut microbiota. Microbiota are the largest reservoir of microorganisms in the digestive tract. Recent studies have shown that extract of Ganoderma Lucidum can reduce obesity in mice by modulating the gut microbiota.
Reference Nature Reviews Gasttroenterology and Hepatology 2015
Joint and Back Pain
“Clinical evidence demonstrates the effectiveness and safety of natural substances for joint health, such as glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate and Ganoderma Lucidum.
Reference Blum, K Meshkin, B Downs BW med hypotheses 2006
This is all due to the natural anti-inflammatory properties of Ganoderma Lucidum.
Reference – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health 16403602
Anxiety and Depression
“Treatment with MAK (Ganoderma Lucidum mycelia extract) (1 g/kg) exhibited antidepressant-like effects”
This was a study carried out on rats, to evaluate the antidepressant effects.
“These data suggest that MAK has antidepressant-like potential, which is most likely due to the antagonism of 5-HT2A receptors, and possesses anxiolytic-like effects toward memory-dependent and/or stress-induced anxiety in rats”.
Reference – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health 24369991
Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
“Mushrooms have long been used not only as food but also for the treatment of various ailments. Although at its infancy, accumulated evidence suggested that culinary-medicinal mushrooms may play an important role in the prevention of many age-associated neurological dysfunctions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Therefore, efforts have been devoted to a search for more mushroom species that may improve memory and cognition functions. Such mushrooms include Hericium erinaceus, Ganoderma lucidum, Sarcodon spp., Antrodia camphorata, Pleurotus giganteus, Lignosus rhinocerotis, Grifola frondosa, and many more”.
Reference – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health 24654802
The reader should note that the author does not holder any medical qualifications and that most of the information that is documented here has been gained from PubMed. PubMed is part of the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Their webite is www.ncbi.nlm.gov/pubmed