What are its benefits?
Used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetics, red reishi mushroom is included in the shake base blends based on research that indicates it does reduce body weight, inflammation, and insulin resistance in mice fed a high-fat diet. The study in question concerned obesity, which is associated with low-grade chronic inflammation and imbalance in the intestinal microbiota. The results showed decreased Firmicutes-to-Bacteroidetes ratios and lower levels of endotoxin-bearing Proteobacteria, indicating that red reishi mushrooms help balance the microbiome. Furthermore, results indicated they help maintain the integrity of the intestinal barrier and reduce metabolic endotoxemia.
Other research shows red reishi mushroom has antioxidant properties, which helps reduce oxidative stress in cells. In addition, reishi has been shown to help increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy while protecting against some of its damaging effects.
What is it?
Red reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) are highly nutritious, containing polysaccharides, proteins, minerals, vitamins (B, D), are low in fat (5%, mostly linoleic acids) and are free of cholesterol.