Boost your immune system with Reishi mushroom
Are you noticing that your immune system is slowly “crashing” and you fear the day when the fast pace of life will take its toll and force you to be bedridden for a few days?
We know the scenario, however, we rarely succumb to it, as we have equipped ourselves with a natural “weapon” which protects us against virtually all viruses and bacteria (as well as some other health issues).
What are we talking about? The mushroom Reishi – the superhero amongst all mushrooms!
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a medicinal mushroom that has been used in traditional medicine for many years. Throughout history, it was considered a herb with extreme antiviral and antibacterial properties that strengthens the immune system. It is a powerful antioxidant and adaptogen, which means that it helps the body to easily adapt to different internal and external circumstances.
Reishi is considered to be a versatile mushroom because it, in addition to already mentioned health benefits, also helps to:
- detoxify the body – especially the liver as it improves their function and promotes cell renewal;
- promote digestion and helps maintain the natural balance of microorganisms in the gut;
- increase white blood cell count;
- lower harmful cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Because of this, Reishi is also a complete superfood for patients with heart-related issues, as it exhibits beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, strengthens the heart muscle and increases blood flow.
And although this may sound like a TV commercial – but wait there is more: Reishi also reduces the incidence/occurrence of allergic reactions, since it inhibits the release of histamine, which is present in many foods. It also alleviates asthma-related symptoms, respiratory problems and relieves cough. This miracle medical mushroom even helps in the treatment of chronic bronchitis and hepatitis.
Reishi is also a great superfood for those who perform stressful and mentally demanding work.
There are several reasons for this, mainly because Reishi:
- exerts a calming and relaxing effect on the central nervous system;
- reduces stress;
- helps to fight nervousness;
- improves sleep (helps with insomnia);
- is a natural analgesic, so this makes it a great protector against headaches.
RECIPE: Apple pie flavored Reishi smoothie
If you love apple pie, rolls and similar desserts, this smoothie is perfect for you! It is tasty, nutritious, has a healing effect and you can drink it without a bad conscience. It is made from very healthy foods that have beneficial effects on both the mind and the body.
- 200 g apples
- 20 g of cottage cheese
- 40 g of sweet cream
- 50 g Greek yoghurt
- 30 g dates
- 1.5 dl of milk or rice drink
- 1 teaspoon NUTRISPOINT’s European Reishi powder
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- if desired, sweeten with honey, date syrup or lucuma powder
Cut whole apples into cubes, put them in a blender with the rest of the ingredients and mix until you get the smoothie-like texture. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
You can use the reishi mushroom to diversify many sweet and savory dishes and drinks. You can also try out hot chocolate with added reishi mushroom, or prepare a delicious antiviral potion which strengthens your immune system and keeps you healthy all year.
Written by: Nika Švajncer