February 27, 2021 3 min read
The reishi mushroom has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries, and is commonly known in Asia (where it’s grown in warm, moist areas), for its powerful, healing properties.‡ Reishi contains certain molecules, named ‘polysaccharides’ and ‘peptidoglycans’ which are uncommon, and considered to be the source of its antioxidant, health-benefiting effects.‡
Reishi is believed to help in supporting and maintaining the body’s immune system.‡ These mushrooms also help to support and maintain healthy functioning of the digestive system, and overall well-being.‡ Reishi mushroom powder is the dried extract form of the reishi mushroom. It is roughly 10 times less potent than consuming the mushroom itself, which means dosage can be easily controlled, and there are less side effects.‡ This nutrient-rich superfood can help your body adapt to stress, fuel your digestive system with vitamins and minerals, and soothe a restless mind before you go to sleep.‡
This article will take a deeper dive into some key, but lesser known reishi mushroom health benefits.
Because reishi mushrooms are believed to be nutrient dense, they can help to support your body in maintaining balance when life gets busy and stressful.‡ What this means is that reishi mushrooms help to support your body in maintaining overall health and function.‡
Reishi mushroom has also been known to contain active ingredients which can support healthy digestions and gut health. Superfoods and mushrooms in general: chaga, reishi, lion’s mane and turkey tail (to name a few), can contribute to and support well-functioning digestive systems.‡
If you’re interested in experimenting with Reishi Mushroom Powder to see what it could do for your overall sense of gut health and wellbeing‡ - we recommend adding one scoop of either the powdered mix or an Elixir Stick into your favorite mug, and mixing with 6oz of hot water, dairy or nondairy milk to make a creamy reishi tea or latte. Find out more about how much reishi you can take, and see if you notice the difference.
Reishi contains a special type of antioxidant which is able to extract water from the environment and attract it to skin.‡ These special kinds of glucose molecules are known as ‘beta-glucans’, and they help to keep skin hydrated and detoxified.‡
Reishi is known as a calming agent for the mind and body, however few are aware it works in a similar way with skin - working to support in the balance of the skin’s overall health.‡ Ceramide is used to maintain a protective outer layer of the skin which keeps the stress out, and the moisture in. Over time, due to natural stresses of life, sun damage and aging, the levels of ceramide in your skin eventually begin to deplete. As reishi is nutrient rich, it may help to maintain your body’s natural supply of ceramide, enabling your skin to become less reactive to stressful environments, hydrated and supple.‡
By now, it’s clear to see the wide variation of reishi mushroom health benefits. To keep things bite-sized, and digestible, we’ve put together this easy-to-read list:
If you’re looking for how to use your reishi mushroom powder, check out this article, sit back, relax and enjoy your reishi tea for its multitude of superfood restorative benefits.
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