For botanists it is called Ganoderma lucidum, but in the East it is known as reishi, a mushroom considered by the traditional medicine of that country, a real drug.
Reishi grows on the bark of oaks and chestnuts, and there are two varieties (red and black), however, with the same therapeutic properties.
The Reishi is a "officinal" mushroom, and for centuries it has been by the doctors of the Tradition as restorative, tonic and purifying.
Fill up on beneficial substances with reishi
Very rich in mineral salts, vitamins (C, E and group B), essential amino acids, fatty acids and proteins.
It is found in natural food stores both fresh and dried: it must be left for half an hour in a bowl of water before use.
The soaking water must be stored and reused. It is full of micronutrients and can be used as a broth for soups and risottos.
Down blood pressure and cholesterol with reishi
Thanks to the content of triterpenes, it counteracts diseases that arise on an inflammatory basis such as arthritis. Reishi is also effective on the cardiovascular system: ganoderic acid in synergy with adenosine lowers blood pressure and reduces "bad" cholesterol.
The triglycerides present improve liver and intestine function rebalancing the bacterial flora; moreover, it is hypoglycemic. Among the many mineral salts contained in the mushroom, germanium is also present.
This substance acts on the circulatory level: dilutes the blood and supplies oxygen to the brain, improving the performance of the autonomic system, calming nervous tension and helping to prevent diseases such as Alzheiner and Parkinson's.
A hope for the prevention of some cancers
Reishi is an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and has a powerful action on cancer cells.
The beta glucans of which it is rich stimulate the immune system and enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
In the East, it is customary to prescribe reishi-based supplements to patients with cancer. In particular, the reishi extract would be effective in cases of breast and prostate cancers.
The fungus would be able to inhibit the nuclear factor kappa beta and prevent the formation of metastases.