Ganoderma coffee has been around for over 2,000 years but has only gotten attention recently in the US within the past 20-30 or so years due to its health benefits. So, what’s so special about this coffee? It’s really simple, it contains Reishi mushrooms.
Ganoderma coffee is a powdered mix of the Reishi (aka “Lingzhi”) mushroom, though some versions may also contain other medicinal herbs as well. The health benefits of Reishi mushrooms have been documented for quite some time and many medical experts are signing on with coffee drinkers incorporating Ganoderma coffee into their coffee blend choices. So, what are these touted benefits that come with Reishi mushrooms and Ganoderma coffee?
Top 12 Ganoderma Coffee Benefits
1. Immune System Support
Ganoderma coffee may also provide immune support. Reishi mushrooms are super-rich in biologically active molecules that promote brain health, longevity, and immune system health. Ganoderma Lucidum Peptide is one of these compounds and is believed to be responsible for the mushroom’s potent antioxidant power.
This is due to triterpenes and polysaccharides triterpenes that directly target inflammation, which can, in turn, boost your immune system. That’s always a plus, right? Triterpenes are also effective in fighting fungal, viruses, fungal, and microbial infections. And we’ve heard many health experts state time and time again that the digestive system is the key to our immune system.
Well, Reishi mushrooms have been shown to improve the digestive system’s lining, encouraging the growth of good bacteria, and helping to combat bad (anaerobic) bacteria. This can improve digestion, which in turn leads to better absorption of nutrients from the food we eat.
2. Allergy Relief
A cup of Ganoderma coffee may help prevent common allergy symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Reishi’s ganoderic acids A and D may support healthy histamine responses during seasonal transitions when pollen levels are at their highest.
Reishi is pretty commonly used as a supplement for seasonal transitions due to its immune-supporting properties. But wait, Reishi’s benefits don’t end here. The steroid-like anti-inflammatory compounds actually give it the potential to reduce the severity of allergy symptoms.
3. Cardiovascular Support
Reishi is known for its ability to reduce cardiac risk factors in Asian medicine practices. The mushrooms have been used in Japan as a traditional treatment for problems with the circulatory system and are commonly used as a cultural “tonic” for cardiovascular health in traditional Chinese medicine.
In fact, an investigation of angina patients in Indonesia found that the polysaccharide-peptide (aka “PsP”), antioxidants in Reishi mushroom. PsP is a super-powerful antioxidant that can battle atherosclerosis pathogenesis in stable angina and high-risk patients. Reishi mushrooms have also been shown to work as vasodilators, improving blood supply and oxygen delivery to the heart.
Vasodilators allow blood to flow more freely, and the heart doesn’t have as much to pump. Lastly, these mushrooms have also shown evidence of their ability to help with heart arrhythmias and lowering blood pressure.
4. Liver Support
Ganoderma coffee also shows promise for providing sufficient liver support. Reishi mushrooms have a strong anti-inflammatory response and are known to be adaptogens. But what’s that? Adaptogens are a special group of herbs that help your body adapt to stressful situations such as extreme weather conditions or physical or physiological trauma.
Believe it or not, these adaptogenic properties also improve liver function. And as you probably already know, the liver is responsible for flights now toxins and circulating healthy blood (and vital nutrients) around the body.
5. Relieve Aches and Lethargy
Studies have shown Reishi mushrooms to help potentially battle depression, anxiety, and general lethargy. For centuries Chinese medical doctors have utilized Reishi mushrooms to treat symptoms of neurasthenia.
Neurasthenia has been described as a very good condition most seen in Asian countries. Common symptoms of the diagnosis include fatigue, poor digestion, migraines, nerve weakness, and other symptoms.
Emotional stress and depression are often seen as direct causes of this disease and in a controlled study, Reishi mushrooms significantly improved the symptoms of the patients when compared to those in the placebo group. A similar study was conducted for breast cancer patients who reported feelings of fatigue and received similar treatment.
6. Diabetes Management
Reishi mushrooms have been shown to help with diabetes management. Two universities in Taiwan found that they can help lower blood sugar levels and regulate glucose levels. A Chinese-based health center in Peking also found that Reishi can slow down or prevent kidney problems in diabetics.
Diabetes can also cause wound healing to be slow–much slower than it should be actually. But case studies have illustrated how diabetic patients can speed up wound healing by using polysaccharides found in Reishi mushrooms.
7. May Slow Aging Process
Reishi is known to slow down aging due to its anti-aging properties. Research into these potential benefits at several Chinese research institutions concluded that these mushrooms exert specific immunomodulation and anti-oxidation properties that can have a significant effect on the aging process.
For example, one study concluded that immunosenescence can be combated with Reishi mushroom consumption. Immunosenescence refers to the gradual decline in the immune system caused by aging. Reishi mushrooms’ powerful anti-inflammatory abilities and antioxidant properties can help reverse or possibly prevent cognitive decline. They’ve also been shown to help manage arthritis and other joint-related aging problems.
8. Anti-Cancer Properties
Reishi’s anti-cancer properties have been the subject of a substantial number of research studies compared to other types of fungi. One study found that out of about 58 basidiomycete mushrooms, which is the majority of mushrooms that are well-known, Reishi was found to be most effective in killing more than 20 types of cancer cells.
Multiple tests in tubes have shown that Reishi’s biologically active compounds actually cause the death of cancer cells. In a separate study, after just four weeks, Reishi was found to reduce fatigue, anxiety, and depression in cancer patients.
A larger study of 4000 survivors of breast cancer showed that roughly 60% of them were consuming Reishi regularly. In 2011, a Journal of Clinical Oncology article reported how three liver cancer patients’ tumors shrunk after they started to take Reishi.
9. Skin Benefits
Numerous studies have also shown that Reishi mushrooms may have certain skin care benefits as well. For example, some studies conclude that they may prevent wrinkles and reduce redness due to inflammation or other skin issues. Let’s take a look at some of the common ways that they may help you keep a youthful glow.
10. Combats Free Radicals
Reishi mushrooms contain one of the strongest antioxidants, ergothioneine (an amino acid). This antioxidant prevents free radical formation (which causes cell degeneration), and premature aging and helps to protect the skin against sun damage.
11. Reduce Irritation and Inflammation
Inflammation is commonly associated with aging as it promotes the acceleration of skin cells. The immune-boosting adaptogenic properties found in Reishi mushrooms can assist inflammation, resulting in skin that is less irritated and inflamed. There are several Reishi-based skin care products that you can purchase including lotions, oils, and face serums.
12. Provides Hydration
There is also evidence that the polysaccharides found in the Reishi mushrooms provide sufficient humectant properties as well, helping to hydrate dry skin cells. They may reduce wrinkles, and fine lines as well as strengthen and repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier after sun damage. Other reports show that they may also help reduce acne-related scarring.
Wrapping Things Up
Who knew Ganoderma coffee had so many health benefits? Everything from cardiovascular support, liver support, cognitive benefits, and anti-cancer properties have been associated with Reishi mushrooms–which are the key ingredient in Ganoderma coffee.
This coffee has low caffeine content but is high in potential health benefits. It’s important to note that despite the research, Reishi mushrooms (aka “Ganoderma Lucidum”) aren’t recognized by the FDA, and neither is Ganoderma coffee. However, the evidence is pretty overwhelming that consuming them can be advantageous to your health.
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