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December 06, 2021 4 min read
“Functional” or “superfood” mushrooms are those that are considered to have specific health benefits for the body.*
Reishi mushrooms are considered a superfood mushroom because they can help to support overall health and wellbeing. Revered for their health-promoting properties, (but perhaps most well-known for their calming properties,) Reishi mushrooms have found popularity based on how they can help the body adapt to stress. By targeting and supporting the health of the adrenal glands, Reishi plays a vital role in our ability to respond to and recover from stress.*
But Reishi mushrooms aren’t just a one-trick pony. Read on to learn how they can also help to support a healthy immune system.*
In short, yes!!
In East Asian herbal medicine, Reishi is touted as the “mushroom of immortality” and as a trusted adaptogen, it’s believed to promote the flow of vital life energy to help one reach the pinnacle of health.*
Today, emerging research shows Reishi mushrooms may also help to calm occasional feelings of anxiousness or restlessness.* There is also a wide body of research that encourages its use to support a healthy immune system.* Let’s take a look at Reishi mushroom immune system benefits.
The reason that Reishi mushrooms pack such a punch is the wide array of health-promoting compounds and properties they contain, like polysaccharides and peptidoglycans, which could help support your body’s natural immune function and response to inflammation.*
Also high in beta-glucans which are critical for immune system function, Reishi mushrooms may help to naturally boost the immune system by optimizing its response to disease and infection.* But get this: despite how important they are for our immune function, our bodies don’t produce any beta-glucan. We need to rely on external sources to get what we need. Foods high in beta-glucans are typically grains like wheat or barley.
For those of us trying to optimize our immune function without adding carbs to the mix, Reishi mushrooms could just be the answer we’re looking for!
When it comes to Reishi mushrooms, ground or powder form is king. While Reishi mushrooms have some incredible benefits, unlike say Lion’s Mane mushrooms which are super tasty, we don’t actually recommend eating them whole.
Reishi mushrooms are made up of two distinct parts: the mycelium which is essentially the root structure of the fungi, and the fruiting body which is the mushroom itself. Believe it or not, the mycelium is the most nutritionally dense and functional part of the mushroom.
While mycelium is safe to eat, it can be off-putting, as it looks a lot like a white, fuzzy mold. The fruiting body of the Reishi mushroom is also edible but by all accounts, has a pretty unpleasant taste and a woody texture. By consuming ground Reishi in powder form, you can avoid some of the less desirable characteristics of this superfood mushroom and instead focus on reaping all of the benefits.
Much like any other supplement, Reishi mushroom powder can be added to your diet in several ways that are purely based on personal preference and the time of day you choose to consume the powder.
Delicious on its own, Rritual’s Reishi Relax Elixir can be added to a mug of hot water for a soothing warm beverage. You’ll notice a mild aroma of raw cacao nibs and roasted oats which yield both floral and tannin endnotes to satisfy the senses.
You could also consider including it in smoothies or any other beverage you consume regularly, like coffee or tea. When combined with one of these bevys, Rritual’s Reishi Relax Elixir can add a flavor of rich dark cacao and a hint of soothing cinnamon, so not only can Reishi help to bring balance to your bodily functions, you’ll also enjoy the taste!
For more information on how to use Reishi mushroom powder, take a peek at this article.
We know: We’re not the boss of you! The truth is that you can take Reishi mushroom powder at any time of day.
You may notice that your nerves are frayed by mid-day and that the calming benefits of Reishi are the answer you’ve been looking for. Or, if you want to support an overstimulated nervous system due to travel or a stressful situation, taking it in the morning or a few hours before you need it could be ideal.
Because Rritual’s Reishi Relax Elixir is enhanced with ashwagandha root, an adaptogenic herb long revered to help bring balance to vital bodily functions that are commonly disrupted by stress, including difficulty falling or staying asleep, taking Reishi in the evening may help to tame an overactive mind to help you ease gently into a good night’s rest.
Play around with the time of day you take the powder to see how your body reacts and then listen to it! When it comes down to it, Reishi can work at any time of the day so choose what is right for your body.
Reishi powder is more easily digested than when eating the mushroom itself and is roughly ten times less potent. This is great news for newbies to the Reishi world because consuming the powder form allows you to take more control of your dosage.
If you’re new to Reishi, we recommend consulting your doctor before including it into your routine. While side-effects from Reishi are rare, starting off with one scoop of mix or one elixir stick every other day will help you understand how your body reacts to it. After two weeks, you can adjust your intake as needed for more or less intense results.
Ultimately, how much you should take will depend on your personal tolerance to new substances, your overall health, your weight, and your age. You can learn more about how much Reishi powder to take by checking out this article.
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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.
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