Kat Hoyle Updated by Kat Hoyle

Reishi is often dubbed the "Mushroom of Immortality”. And while immortality isn’t a benefit, there are some potent health reasons to consume Reishi:

Immune support: Various studies have indicated that Reishi can modulate the immune system. One of its active compounds, β-glucans, is believed to enhance the activity of certain white blood cells known as macrophages, which play a pivotal role in strengthening your immune defence against pathogens. (Lull et al., 2005).

Anti-cancer potential: While the research is still preliminary, researchers have found that Reishi might help to inhibit tumour growth. A study published in BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies in 2019 highlighted the mushroom's potential anti-proliferative effects on human colorectal cancer cells. (Hu et al., 2002).

Liver protection: Some studies have suggested that Reishi can reverse chemically-induced liver damage, reinforcing its potential as a hepato-protective agent. (Wu et al., 2006).

Cardiovascular health: A study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that Reishi may have potential benefits for heart health, including reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.(Jiang et al., 2004).

Try adding it into a hot drink or your favourite shake, smoothie or recipe.

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