Lingzhi is the Chinese name for the immortal mushroom, many know it today as ,Reishi’.
With a prestigious history as the oldest mushroom used in medicine. Lingzhi is a natural medication used in Eurasia. The mushroom spores are the most potent aspect of the herb and contain powerful therapeutic properties and are rich in nutrients.
Popularly used to modulate the immune system, it is often used to supplement ganoderic acid and has steroid like composition. It also has a potent combination of polysaccharide (beta-glucane) and alkaloids.
Benefits of Lingzhi
Lingzhi’s contains a compound called triterpenes, a known precursor to steroids. Studies have shown triterpenes can fight cancer cells and prevent the spread of tumors. Lingzhi also has an abundance of another anti-cancer compound known as polysaccharide that also enhances the immune system.
It also has Ganoderma that prevents cancer metastasis. Lingzhi has properties that have a strong potential to stop the spread of cancer cells by inhibiting tumor growth.
Lingzhi inhibits conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone by inhibiting an enzyme which causes this conversion, so it increases sexual functioning and muscle growth by leaving more testosterone in the body.
This function of testosterone helps in the treatment of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) which causes enlargement of testicles. At the same time, it enhances muscle growth and recovery by producing a steroid like effect and triggering the anabolic state.
Antibacterial and Antiviral
Lingzhi has antibacterial as well as antiviral properties that support and strengthens the immune system. This article has more information about antiviral supplements specifically.
Lingzhi is used to treat high blood pressure and inflammation with its blood thinning properties. It is a replacement in cases where you would turn to Asprin, but performs without the side effects.
Lingzhi helps in the treatment of liver and kidney disease as well as in the treatment of asthma and relieves cough. It also helps to calm your mind.
Vasodilation and Healing
Lingzhi is a powerful vasodilator it contains alkaloids and adenosine. So it allows more blood, nutrients and oxygen around the body by dilating blood vessels.
By increasing blood supply, Lingzhi decreases inflammation and increases healing process and further lowers blood pressure.
Immune boosting properties in Lingzhi are created by active compound polysaccharide. It enhances the activity of white blood cells and by extension boosts the overall immune system.
In Chinese culture, Lingzhi is known as ,God of Longevity’ credited with the long life of those who consume it. It is the herb which is famous in traditional Chinese medicine for its anti-aging properties.
Lingzhi has triterpenes that have an anti-allergic effect helping prevent hypertension and symptoms of allergies. Triterpenes are also the compound that are responsible for Lingzhi mushroom’s bitter taste.
Lingzhi Side Effects and Contraindications
- Don’t consume Lingzhi if you have low blood pressure or if you are taking other hypertension medications as it further lower downs your blood pressure and causes dizziness and nausea.
- If you have a bleeding problem then don’t consume Lingzhi as it causes open wounds to bleed by preventing blood clotting.
- Please consult your doctor if you have been taking Lingzhi around the time of a surgery.
- Due to enhanced testosterone production it can cause acne, baldness and results in more drive and musculature. Be careful to take it in controlled amounts.
- If you are allergic to molds or fungi then, it will be safer to avoid Lingzhi.