Reviewed by Dr Nurul Aishah Jamaludin
6 Health Facts about Lingzhi Mushroom You Might Not Know
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Consisting of various active nutrients, lingzhi mushroom can help maintain your health in six different ways.
Read on to know what makes this antioxidant-rich mushroom a famous ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda.
6 Facts about Lingzhi
Like most mushrooms, lingzhi is composed of a wide variety of bioactive molecules. The three major
Polysaccharides have been reported to possess
1. Strengthens immunity
When your body is attacked by an antigen, it releases allergic response mediators, which can cause
2. Works as an antioxidant
Studies on animals have found that polysaccharides can
3. Prevents cancer
Moreover, by promoting the immune system, lingzhi can stimulate the production of interleukin, interferons and natural killer cells that destroy cancer cells. Lingzhi can also promote the secretion of tumour necrosis factor (TNF), tumour necrosis and inhibit tumour growth.
Protects the liver
Multiple studies have discovered that polysaccharides have protective effects on the liver. It can improve cirrhosis (liver scarring) and enhances healing and detoxification.
Triterpenoids lower lipids.
Lingzhi can regulate cholesterol, fasting blood sugar and triglycerides in the body. Because it helps dilate microvessels and promote microcirculation, it might reduce the symptoms of type 2 diabetes such as peripheral nerve palsy and gangrene.
6. Maintains a healthy heart
A study published in the book Ganoderma and Health investigated lingzhi’s protective effect on the cardiovascular system. Results showed evidence of its potential in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. This is due to its ability to reduce lipid and oxidative damage.
Lingzhi is a powerful ingredient for human health, but there are a few things to remember. First, its nutrients may vary in different
It’s not recommended for people who are pregnant, nursing, taking certain medications or having bleeding issues. Make sure to ask for guidance from a TCM physician or medical professional before consuming lingzhi mushrooms.
This is an adaptation of an article, “科研证实，灵芝的 7 大功效!”, which first appeared on Health123 website.
- National Center for Biotechnology Information. 2011. Chapter 9 Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi). [online] [Accessed on 2 August 2022]
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- Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2022, Nutritional Profile and Health Benefits of Ganoderma lucidum “Lingzhi, Reishi, or Mannentake” as Functional Foods: Current Scenario and Future Perspectives [online] [Accessed on 11 August 2022]
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