Reishi Mushroom extracts

Reishi mushroom is used for Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, cold sores, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
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Overview

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is a bitter-tasting fungus with no proven health benefits. It is thought to have some effects on the immune system.

Reishi mushroom is used for Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, cold sores, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Ineffective for

            High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia). Taking reishi mushrooms by mouth doesn't seem to lower cholesterol levels in people with diabetes or high cholesterol.

There is interest in using reishi mushrooms for many other purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Reishi mushroom extract is possibly safe when used for up to one year. Powdered whole reishi mushroom is possibly safe when used for up to 16 weeks. Reishi mushrooms can cause dizziness, dry mouthitchingnauseastomach upset, and rash.

Reishi mushroom has been used to help enhance the immune systemreduce stress, improve sleep, and lessen fatigue. People also take reishi mushrooms for health conditions such as:

High blood pressure

High cholesterol

Cardiovascular disease

Liver or kidney disease

Respiratory diseases (such as asthma)

Viral infections (such as the flu)

HIV/AIDS

Cancer and support during chemotherapy

Pain during and after a shingles outbreak

Building strength and stamina

Fatigue

There is some scientific evidence of its effectiveness, including lab research and some small human studies. Researchers are beginning to look at the chemical makeup of this mushroom to better understand how and whether it works for each of these conditions.

Doses may depend upon factors that include:

Your age

The condition for which the mushroom is being prescribed

Form of the mushroom

Your overall health

Optimal doses of reishi mushroom have not been set for any condition. Quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely. This makes it very hard to set a standard dose.