Ganoderma is characterized as an adaptive herb and has been given names as the “King of the Herbs” or “The Herb of the Gods”. However, Ganoderma is not a herb in the strict sense of the term, but it is a hard, woody mushroom.
And although mushroom collectors despise it, they do not even collect it because it is not eaten, its properties are truly miraculous.
Is Ganoderma safe?
Ganoderma has six different varieties of different shape and color. Top of these, consider the red variety, which has the most powerful therapeutic effects. In nature, the Ganoderma adheres to dead logs of broad-leaved or coniferous trees in decomposition, mostly wild plums, but only in areas with densely forested mountains, high humidity levels, and scarce light. It is scary in the wild and very difficult to collect. Today, however, methods have been developed to develop it in a controlled environment, such as in tree trunks or in a pasteurized artificial substrate, and most of its production comes from certified crops.
Ιt is not eaten, because it is too hard, like wood. Of course it can be consumed in other ways, such as decoction (from dried slices or powder / powder of the whole mushroom) or as a dietary supplement in various forms (capsule oil, concentrated solution, powder etc.) and compositions (alone, in combination with other mushrooms or with additional nutritional elements). It is also used as an ingredient in several food products, such as coffee, tea, chocolate and chocolate drinks, breakfast cereals, and non-food products, e.g. toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics.
Generally, Ganoderma is considered safe, is not toxic, and very rare side effects occur if used rationally. However, in susceptible individuals, as well as in cases of overconsumption and/or long-term concomitant use of large quantities, stomach upsets, diarrhea or constipation, dizziness, vertigo, headache, dry mouth, skin irritation with or without itching, nosebleeds, etc. may occur. These side effects, which are thought to be manifestations of the detoxification effort of the body, are generally transient and usually resolve after a few days.
Ganoderma lucidum is an adaptive herb and is the top among approximately 300 adaptive herbs on earth. The term adaptive characterizes plants that have the capacity to adapt to each organism according to its uniqueness and to offer is exactly what it needs by balancing and correcting its functions. The same herb, if consumed by a person with high pressure, can lower it, and if it is consumed by another person with low blood pressure to lift it.
Proteins, vitamins, and minerals, amino acids, ergosterols, mannitol, unsaturated fatty acids, ingredients essential for strengthening our immune system against diseases are contained in a high content of Ganoderma. Also included are polysaccharides, monosaccharides, alkaloids, coumarin, tannin, elements with strong antitumor properties. In total, the miraculous mushroom contains 400 bioactive micro-ingredients that shield the body and improve its function.
Its effectiveness is due to the association of organic Germanio and polysaccharides. Additionally contains adenosine, terpenoids, and triterpenes (ganoderic acids), substances with pharmacological action! According to a research by Dr. Kazuhiko Asai Ganoderma contains 800-2000 p.p.m. organic Germanium. This content is 4-6 times greater than that of Ginseng! Organic Germanium (Ge) increases the amount of oxygen absorbed by the blood up to 1.5 times! Helps metabolism and prevents premature aging.
Due to its rarity and aware of the importance of Ganoderma Lucidum, after the Second World War, the Chinese and Japanese began to explore the prospects for the cultivation and production of pharmaceutical mushrooms by applying modern techniques. Georgia’s professor at Kyoto University, Takeo Hayami, tried unsuccessfully to re-cultivate Reishi.
In 1970 a technician at the Foodstuff Scientific Research Institute of the Kyoto University, Mr. Yukio Naoi, used the Spore Separation Culture Method for the successful cultivation of the Ganoderma plant. This method was introduced in China in 1975. Since the climatic and soil conditions there are ideal, this technique has become widely accepted!
In the late 1980s and early nineties, both Ganoderma Lucidum’s qualitative production and its pharmacological properties continued at a rapid pace, making it more widely known worldwide.
What is Ganoderma good for
The Reishi mushroom helps to reduce the risk of cancer and still helps incredibly to fight it. Contains more than 154 types of antioxidants and contains blu-latane, lethinan (polysaccharide), organic germanium, which act together and are the best weapon against cancer.
It helps improve prevention of heart disease and heart attacks. It influences the control of blood circulation, reduces blood lipids and prevents arteriosclerosis because it contains adenosine and triterpenes.
Ganoderma contains many antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids, vitamin C, etc. All of this attacks the free radicals and organic germanium helps in oxygenation, which means that it helps in the fight against aging and gives longevity.
Reishi antioxidants protect the skin from the dangerous effects of free radicals, which are the cause of wrinkles and aging of the skin. Reishi also helps in the treatment of skin cancer.
Those are the reason that is also called “the mushroom of immortality”.
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