HISTORY OF REISHI MUSHROOMS
To understand how we use and benefit from reishi mushrooms, it’s important to take a look back at their history. These mushrooms have a long history of use in asian countries like China and Japan similar to other medicinal mushrooms. In fact, the word ‘Ling Zhi’ represents “spiritual potency” and “immortality.”
For years, reishi has been considered to be the “mushroom of immortality” due to its pharmaceutical value which has been documented in ancient scripts and has been based on traditional use to prolong life. But where do medicinal mushrooms like reishi stand in modern times and what are studies saying about these claims? Let’s dive a bit deeper.
REISHI MUSHROOM BENEFITS
The benefits that have been observed, studied and documented from reishi mushrooms over the years are vast. According to the studies that have been carried out recently, we can credit three major physiologically active components within the mushroom for the benefits many of us are able to experience today. This includes polysaccharides (beta-glucans), peptidoglycans, and triterpenes which are also found in other medicinal mushrooms.
These three compounds can be extracted from either the fruiting body, mycelia, or spores of the mushroom and contribute to the mushroom’s beneficial effects for the body by exhibiting anticancer effects, blood glucose regulation, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral effects and more.
While a majority of data and studies used to support the benefits of reishi mushrooms were conducted on animals and cell-culture models, there is still an overwhelming need for human studies to be conducted to further analyze the true validity of the effects of reishi mushrooms on the human body.
What’s great about the growing interest in reishi mushrooms today is that the basic data needed to support the existence of these benefits is available. We also know that there is ongoing research being conducted to narrow in on what else the mushroom has to offer for our health and wellness.
REISHI MUSHROOM SIDE EFFECTS – DO REISHI MUSHROOMS GET YOU HIGH?
Anyone who is looking to add reishi mushrooms into their lifestyle may have some questions, and understandably so. Before consuming medicinal mushrooms like reishi, factors such as potential side effects or challenges may come into play. One of the biggest questions that often gets asked about these mushrooms is, “Do reishi mushrooms get you high?”
Medicinal mushrooms are often wrongfully compared or correlated with psychedelic mushrooms, however, the two are not the same. So to answer the question, “Do reishi mushrooms get you high?” They do not. Instead, they exhibit high levels of antioxidants and compounds that exude positive activity the body can benefit from. They are for medicinal and wellness purposes only.