Mushroom coffee? Seriously, that’s a health trend? Well, why not … there’s butter coffee, coconut oil coffee? Mushroom tea has been a thing for a few decades, especially on the resort beaches of Thailand. But that’s a whole different kind of mushroom, the kind that makes you see things. The fungus that’s recently become ubiquitous among us won’t get you high, but it may help your immune system function at a higher level.
Thanks to a few select brands that have benefitted from a massive infusion of venture capital, mushroom coffee and powders have become popular. In the West, mushrooms are one of the newest wellness trends. But in the Far East, fungi have been used in folk medicine for thousands of years.
Oh yeah, throw in a pandemic and the interest in edible, therapeutic mushrooms has skyrocketed. Seemingly overnight, edible mushrooms have sprouted from a humble, squishy, lowly pizza topping into a highly-prized culinary and wellness craze.
Master herbalist and Sun Horse Energy founder, Dan Moriarty, has known about the impressive immuno-protective benefits of medicinal mushrooms for decades. Included in the 13 adaptogens Dan chose for Sun Horse Energy’s Global Resonance Formulation, there’s one all-star in the therapeutic mushroom kingdom: reishi.
Benefits of Reishi Mushroom
Known as Ling Zhi in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which means “spirit plant,” reish is considered the “herbs for the immortals.” Indeed, reishi is considered in herbology as one of the most effective herbs to support a healthy aging process. It’s included in the category of “superior class of herbs in Chinese herbology.”
There are six types of reishi, each with a unique color and properties. Sun Horse Energy features red reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), which according to TCM theory, strengthens the heart and improves cognitive function.
Consider yourself lucky to have access to reishi these days. For much of Chinese history, the herb was reserved for the emperor and his entourage in the noble class. According to the book, Adaptogens: Herbs For Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes, reishi supports a person’s mind and consciousness, and may help those with anxiety, insomnia, poor memory, moodiness, fatigue and shortness of breath.
Reishi mushroom has been the focus of research studies on immune modulation. Studies show reishi enhances the activity of several important immune system cells, including: monocytes, macrophages and T-lymphocytes (T-cells).
But having a strong immune system isn’t always a good thing. This is especially true when a cytokine storm occurs. Cytokines are proteins secreted by immune cells that stimulate intracellular communication. When a cytokine storm happens, the immune system becomes overactive and, in lay terms, machine guns everything in its path, both good cells and bad; organ function precipitously declines. Reishi comes to the rescue by down-regulating excessive immune system response.
Beta Glucans In Reishi
When we think of carbohydrates, rice, pasta, grains and other starchy foods that provide energy come to mind. But certain carbohydrates contain powerful immune-supporting phytonutrients. Polysaccharides are complex sugars (carbohydrates) and are the most common type of carbohydrate in food. One type of polysaccharide in particular has been heralded for years for its health benefits: beta-glucan.
Beta-glucans, according to Winston and Maimes, have been shown to stimulate cancer-fighting compounds such as tumor necrosis factor, interleukins 1 & 6 and Th1 T lymphocytes by a factor of five to 29 times.
Beta-glucans can also be found in oats and other grains. But the immune-supporting benefits of these sugars are most prominent in edible mushrooms like reishi. Supplementing daily with reishi mushroom has been shown to also improve cholesterol levels and cardiovascular function.
In addition, reishi, like many therapeutic mushrooms, possesses anti-inflammatory activity. Co-authors Winston and Maimes suggest it may be especially beneficial for people with respiratory imbalances such as asthma, COPD.
As for its adaptogenic effects on stress, reishi may help improve adrenal function, thereby modulating the amount of cortisol hormone necessary to effectively respond to stressful situations. Winston and Maimes also add that it can be used to prevent altitude sickness if it’s taken several weeks before visiting a high-altitude location; the co-authors suggest combining it with cordyceps (another adaptogenic fungus), ginger and rhodiola.
Support Your Immune System With Reishi and 12 Other Adaptogens
Stress happens. But when stress is a daily, all-day occurrence, your health will suffer. Adaptogenic herbs are nature’s gift for stress management. Clinically-proven for their ability to help the body adapt to mental, physical and environmental stress, adaptogens bring your body back to balance so you can live your best life. New to adaptogens? Try Ultimate Energy, which includes reishi and a dozen adaptogenic herbs, cultivated on small farms on six continents. We’ve scoured the planet for the most effective yet safe adaptogenic herbs. They’re all right here waiting for you to try. As we like to say, don’t just survive, adapt and thrive!
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