What are the studies on Ganoderma lucidum showing us?EXPERTS OPINION
Following a rise in popularity all over the world, recent studies on Ganoderma lucidum (better known as Reishi) have confirmed the benefits of this mushroom, which appears to have no significant side effects.
Today, we know that this medicinal mushroom contains several active components (i.e. components that have been shown to have medicinal effects), a theme you can read further by clicking here.
As far as the immune system is concerned, studies on Ganoderma lucidum published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine show that the polysaccharides have beneficial effects on the human body: the immunomodulation effect, responsible for stimulating the immune system’s response, the anti-angiogenic effect, which inhibits the growth of new blood vessels and the tumour growth, and also the cytotoxic effect, i.e. the destruction of specific cells. A more recent article, published in 2015 in the Molecules journal, reinforces this antitumoral effect.
In another study, published in 2009, the active triterpenoids from Reishi, natural components produced by this mushroom, have shown to inhibit histamine release. Histamine is a component which is present in the human body and is released during an allergic reaction, and, by avoiding its release, Reishi demonstrates its anti-allergic effect. These triterpenoids also inhibit cholesterol synthesis. Thus, Ganoderma lucidum can further contribute to avoid high cholesterol levels in the blood.
Animal studies conducted by two research groups, in 2007 and 2009, have further demonstrated that the polysaccharide fractions in Ganoderma lucidum may be associated with reduced blood glucose levels. Additionally, the antihypertensive effect is also cited in the same study.
With positive effects in so many systems of the human body – many of which are associated with diseases with a high prevalence worldwide, it is only natural that this type of mushroom continues to stimulate scientific research. And it is here, in the Micoacademy section, that you will continue to find the latest information and news in the area of Micotherapy.