Ganoderma May Help Reduce Cholesterol
Ganoderma May Help Reduce Cholesterol
Cardiovascular disease has been called an epidemic of sorts in North America and Europe. Not surprising when you consider a typical North American lifestyle of not enough physical activity, diet high in saturated fats, and fast paced living driving up stress levels.
Even though the National Center for Health Statistics reported Americans average total cholesterol has dropped substantially from 1978 – 1990, the American Heart Association has reported 98.1 million adult Americans still have borderline high blood cholesterol levels and this puts them at greater risk of developing Cardiovascular disease.
Elevated cholesterol levels are one of the major risk factors identified by the American Heart Association in the development of Cardiovascular disease which is the number one killer in North America and Europe. We need to reduce cholesterol levels.
Adenosine which is found in Ganoderma lucidium helped to reduce cholesterol
This number one rated herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine has many potent healing properties. One being that it may help reduce cholesterol and or may help the liver in suppressing its production.
Researchers from the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that Adenosine which is found in Ganoderma lucidium helped to reduce cholesterol in their studies.
Researchers at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland called Ganoderma lucidium "a renowed medicinal species". In their study on hamsters and minipigs, oxgenated lanosterol derived from Ganoderma lucidium "inhibited cholesterol synthesis".
With hamsters it was able to reduce cholesterol (total) by 9.8% and HDL levels by 11.2%.
In minipigs the oxygenated lanosterol derived from the mushroom Ganoderma lucidium was able to reduce cholesterol (total) by 20%, LDL by 27%, and HDL by 18%.
The researchers conclusion was that Ganoderma "has the potential to reduce LDL cholesterol in vivo (inside the body) through various mechanisms… innovative new cholesterol lowering foods and medicines containing Gl (Ganoderma lucidium) are envisioned."
Only six kinds of Reishi mushrooms have been studied in great detail among st the 2,000 known species. These six are the blue, red, black, white yellow and purple Reishi.
The most beneficial are the black and the red and it is the latter, the red one, that has been found to be the most effective in improving one’s overall health.
The red Reishi mushroom is composed of very complex carbohydrates called
polysaccharides that strengthen the immune system and enhance many bodily functions and the vital
Aside from the polysaccharides, no other active ingredient has been identified in the red Reishi that can be accredited for the mushroom s’s excellent health enhancing abilities. No known side effects are caused by consuming it over long periods of time, making it very desirable to those seeking natural cures.
It does not treat particular diseases but appears to enhance the whole body……it is a preventative agent that acts by making the immune system stronger thus reducing the possibility of sickness. A healthy immune system combats viruses, bacteria and other microbes…..a compromised immune system allows them to gain ground.
The main benefit of the red Reishi is then in the overall health of the body and in the improvement of memory and the easing of tensions and stress.
Does Ganoderma Or The Reishi Mushroom Help Fight Cancer?
There are several medical professionals out there who would say yes!
After a little research here is some information we dug up on Ganoderma Lucidum or better known as the Reishi Mushroom on how it could help in the fight against Cancer.
Ganoderma is rich in polysaccharides and Germanium. This polyshaccharide has shown to have anti-tumor abilities. (More research and posts on this later)
Ganoderma and Reishi have also been used by many people to help reduce the side-effects of Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy.
Ganoderma can help with side-effects such as fatigue, hair loss and even infection.
Ganoderma and Reishi have shown to inhibit DNA synthesis of certain cancer cells, destroys the terminal enzyme activity of the tumor cells, promotes macrophages and regulates T and B lymphocytes, thus restraining the spread of cancer cells.
Ganoderma – Some Health Benefits
Ganoderma lucidium has No Known Herb Drug Interaction -In general, Ganoderma has been shown to be safe and non toxic even at very high doses in animal and human studies. Many families has been enjoying Ganoderma’s wonders for quite some time and have yet to experience any side effects.
Ganoderma May Help Reduce Cholesterol – Cardiovascular disease has been called an epidemic of sorts in North America and Europe. Not surprising when you consider a typical North American lifestyle of not enough physical activity, diet high in saturated fats, and fast paced living driving up stress levels.
Reishi: Ancient Medicine Is Modern Hope (Health Foods Business/January 1992: Consumer Education Series ) – Western culture has often frowned on mushrooms, even fearing the small innocuous forest growth. The French prize their truffles, but even truffles and other edible fungi and mushrooms are not as highly valued or show as much potential as a species of mushrooms called Ling Zhi or Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum).
A Reishi Mushroom a Day May Keep the Doctor Away – During the past 50 years, Asian countries have conducted an abundance of research on the medicinal value of several edible mushrooms. Their claims include reduction of blood pressure and cholesterol, enhancement of the immune system, cancer therapy, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, treatment of anaphylactic shock, anti-HIV properties, increase of oxygen utilization, and antioxidant properties (Chen and Miles, 1996).
Other Common Names: Ling chih, Ling zhi, Mannentake, Ganoderma Lucidum
Western culture has often frowned on mushrooms, even fearing the small innocuous forest growth. The French prize their truffles, but even truffles and other edible fungi and mushrooms are not as highly valued or show as much potential as a species of mushrooms called Ling Zhi or Reishi.
Reishi mushrooms are polypore mushrooms. Mushrooms are the fruiting body and reproductive structure of a higher order fungus organism, much like an apple is the fruit of an apple tree. The actual mushroom "tree" is a fine thread-like network called mycelium. This mycelium is for the most part subterranean, living in soil, logs and other organic litter.
Unlike green plants, which produce many of their own nutrients by photosynthesis, mushrooms primarily get their nutrients from dead organic matter or soil. Mushrooms and their mycelium are nature’s original recyclers. Without them, the planet surface would be piled high with dead, decaying material.
Mushrooms rise out of the mycelium when the right nutrients are amassed and the right environmental conditions are present. Mushrooms release spores at maturity. The wind spreads them and when they land on the right spot, the cycle starts over again.
Reishi often is associated with health and recuperation, longevity, wisdom, and happiness.
Known as reishi or mannentake to the Japanese and Ling Zhi to the Chinese, G. lucidum is renown for its medicinal properties. Reishi often is associated with health and recuperation, longevity, wisdom, and happiness. It is believed that certain triterpenes and polysaccharides may account for the multiple activities of Reshi. Thus, considerable time and effort has gone into the isolation and characterization of these compounds.
Reishi is a basidiomycete, lamellaless fungus belonging to the family of polyporaceae. In nature, it grows in densely wooded mountains of high humidity and dim lighting. It is rarely found since it flourishes mainly on the dried trunks of dead plum, guercus serrata or pasonia trees. Out of 10,000 such aged trees, perhaps 2 or 3 will have reishi growth, therefore it is very scarce indeed.
Relatively rare and undiscovered in the West, Reishi and other mushrooms have been revered as herbal medicines for thousands of years in Japan and China. Emperors of the great Chinese dynasties and Japanese royalty drank teas and concoctions of the mushroom for vitality and long life. The ancient Taoists were constantly searching for the elixir of eternal youth, and Reishi was believed to be among the ingredients.
A Little History of Reishi
In the Herbal Pharmacopoeia compiled in the Han Dynasty [206 BC – 8 AD], the founding father of Chinese medicine Shen Nong documented over 350 species of plants and herbs.
These plants were classified into three categories: superior, average and fair. These classifications were based on the following criteria
…..the benefits based on continual consumption
…..and side effects.
Also, the superior plants had to be able to harmonize the functions of the body, mind and spirit. They had to have little or no long term side effects.
Reishi was ranked the highest in this superior category of the Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
In the "Compendium of Materia Medica" a book which contains hundreds of natural Chinese medicines that have been used over thousands of years, the following statement attributed to Li Shi Zhen, celebrated physician of the 16th century, can be found:
…."It benefits the life energy, or ‘qi’ of the heart, repairing the chest area and benfiting those with a knotted and tight chest. Taken over a long period of time, agility of the body will not cease, and the years are lengthened to those of the Immortal Fairies."
These benefits still apply in the 21st century.
Interesting Ganoderma And Reishi Mushroom Fact
Did you know that Ganoderma has the ability of giving us a medical check-up and finding hidden diseases in the body?
It can then remove the toxins and enable the body to become the best doctor to treat a wide spectrum of diseases with the natural immune system.
Ganoderma’s basic functions are to cleanse the blood: remove toxins; boost the function of the kidney; protect the liver; strengthen the heart; and cleanse the colon.
It also acts as a relaxant with anti-cancer properties. Ganoderma has more than 200 active elements which can be divided into three categories with ratio of:
30% water-soluble elements
65% organic soluble elements
5% volatile elements.
The effects of Ganoderma on the body have to go through five (5) stages:
1. Scanning (1-30 days) – Ganoderma helps to detect hidden disease and toxins in the body and proceed to regulate the body functions. During the process, the body will show symptoms- known as ‘ailment reflection". This reaction is not a side effect, but to help us identify the ailing area. This is the scanning effect of Ganoderma.
2. Cleansing-Detoxification (1-30 weeks) – Ganoderma is known as "King of toxin removers" for its power to remove excessive uric acid, lactic acid, excess cholesterol, fat deposits, dead tissue and toxins accumulated in the body. Toxins are discharged through the circulation system – (kidney and liver) by urination and stool, through perspiration, boils, rashes, phlegm and mucus.
3. Regulation (1-12 months) – During the restoring process, many reactions can be observed. Do not be alarmed, this is the sign of the body healing itself. If the reaction is too strong, reduce the dosage.
4. Building-Recovery (6-24 months) – Ganoderma will continue to repair the affected body parts, and strengthen the immune system to be more resistant to diseases. It also supplies the essential elements and vitamins for speedy recovery.
5. Rejuvenation (1-3 years) – The ultimate aim of consuming Ganoderma is to maintain the body functions at its optimum and restore youthfulness.
What Is Ganoderma Or The Reishi Mushrooom?
The Ganoderma, Reishi or Red Mushroom as it is sometimes called is a slow growing polypore mushroom of corky or woody texture. Ganoderma likes to grow in densely forested mountains primarily in the southwest in North America but can be found in the Amazon and is very widespread and most well known throughout Asia.
Ganoderma is typically found in subtropical climates. Generally found in deciduous forests on hardwoods like oak, maple, elm, willow, etc. Ganoderma and Reishi also frequently grows on dead tree stumps or dying trees.
Reishi picking is not uncommon where it is commonly found but because of the healthy benefits and a thriving market there are now many commercial Reishi and Ganoderma farmers throughout the world who provide a wide variety of Reishi and Ganoderma products.
Ganoderma and Reishi is most often used in the form of a drink such as Tea or Coffee. But can also be taken via powders and pills.