Reishi Mushroom: Elixir of Immortality
Reishi mushroom has as long a history of use as any herb in the world. It is one of the most highly regarded herbs in the Chinese pharmacopeia and the first herb mentioned in Shen Nong’s famous Ben Cao Jing or Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica.
He wrote that long term consumption of reishi mushroom lightens the body and prolongs life so as to make one immortal. Those are some lofty words for any herb to live up to but modern research has proven that they just might have some truth to them.
Reishi is an immune regulator and immune enhancer
It stimulates macrophages, activates natural killer cells, and T cells. It has anti-tumor, anti-viral, cholesterol reducing, and anti-fatigue properties. Reishi is considered anti-aging because of its ability to reduce oxidative stress and free radicals. Our very own Mushroom Complex contains reishi, maitake, shiitake, agaricus and tremetes.
These five mushrooms are truly the superstars of the medicinal mushroom world and possess amazing antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immune strengthening properties. The Ben Cao Jing may be 2500 years old but maybe Shen Nong was on to something.
Wasser and Weis, 1999; Mizuno,1995; Soo 1994; Yang & Wang,1994