March 2, 2022
Throughout history in holistic medicine, reishi mushrooms have been considered adaptogenic herbs. This means they help your body deal with the negative effects of stress, such as increased inflammation, depleted energy levels, damaged blood vessels and various types of hormonal imbalances.
The use of the reishi mushroom was first recorded over 2,000 years ago. It was frequently referred to as the “Mushroom of Immortality” in ancient texts. Around 200–250 C.E., the “Divine Farmer’s Classic of Pharmaceutics” categorized different varieties of mushrooms based on which part of the body they benefited.
The reishi mushroom is a powerful medicinal mushroom that comes with a long list of potential health benefits.
A few of the top perks that make the reishi mushroom benefits list include improved liver and heart health; protection against allergies, asthma and infections; and cancer prevention. Ganoderma lucidum benefits can also include helping balance hormone levels and keeping blood sugar in check.
Although reishi mushrooms are edible, they are mostly found as supplements in the form of capsules, powders, extracts and tinctures.
Reishi mushrooms are generally considered safe but can come with some side effects and may interfere with certain medications. Be mindful of reishi dosage recommendations on your supplement.
Add these medicinal mushrooms to soups, teas, coffees and broths for a quick and convenient way to boost the nutritional content of your favorite meals and beverages.
1. Simple Mushroom Coffee
If you’re new to the mushroom coffee, start off simple. For better flavor and fewer toxins, try using organic coffee beans or grounds.
½ – 1tsp of reishi mushroom powder
A freshly brewed 8oz to 10oz cup of coffee
Directions: Stir the powder into your coffee until it is dissolved. Serve immediately.