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Supporting Your Respiratory Health with Reishi

Article at a Glance:

  • Reishi mushrooms contain bioactive compounds that may offer respiratory benefits through their antimicrobial and immune-supportive activities.
  • Functional mushrooms like Reishi have been long used in traditional Chinese medicine for many conditions, including those affecting the lungs.
  • Easily reap the benefits of Reishi mushrooms by adding our Reishi Mushroom Gummies to your everyday health regimen.

Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum or lingzhi) are native to Asia and widely used for their functional health benefits. Some bioactive compounds in Reishi include triterpenoids, polysaccharides, and peptidoglycans, to which many benefits are attributed.

Adding Reishi mushrooms to your lifestyle may support your heart health, help you relax and de-stress, and promote normal blood sugar regulation. They may also benefit your respiratory system and lung health.

Supporting Your Respiratory Health with Reishi

Reishi mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years to help treat health conditions, including those affecting the respiratory system. Below are some reasons why Reishi mushrooms may be good for your lungs.

Antimicrobial Benefits

Reishi mushrooms contain triterpenes, which may have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral activity.[1] This is important for respiratory health as these potentially harmful organisms can cause many respiratory illnesses.

Interestingly, a 2021 review examined the potential benefits of functional mushrooms on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). The authors suggested that Reishi mushrooms are among the most suitable agents to study as natural global preventive therapies.[2]

Supports Normal Inflammatory Response

When inflammation runs rampant, it can promote several adverse health effects. Some research suggests that Reishi mushrooms may help support the body's natural inflammation response.

For example, one 2020 study found that an immunoregulatory protein extracted from Reishi mushrooms called Ling-Zhi 8 (rLZ-8) appears to play a role in regulating immune cells, such as T cells, which are involved in the inflammatory response. The authors observed that supplementation of the protein was associated with reduced signs of irritation in the lungs among mice with respiratory challenges.[3]

An older study among mice found that Reishi was effective in reducing airway allergic symptoms by down-regulating the inflammatory response and suppressing airway hypersensitivity.[4]

Supports Healthy Immune Function

When our immune system is functioning optimally, our respiratory health benefits. In other words, helping to support your natural immunity is a great way to support your lung health.

Some test tube studies have indicated that Reishi mushrooms can support the immune system by impacting the inflammation pathways among white blood cells, which are heavily involved in your normal immune and inflammatory response.[5][6]

Furthermore, research suggests Reishi mushrooms contain bioactive compounds that help increase the activities of natural killer cells, a type of white blood cells that attack infections in the body.[7] They appear to be able to increase the presence and activity of white blood cells in several health states.[8]

Healthy individuals can also benefit from the immune-supporting activities of Reishi. One study found that athletes exposed to stressful situations experienced an improvement in their lymphocyte function when given a Reishi supplement.[9]

While more research is always helpful, it's clear that the compounds in Reishi mushrooms can target the activities of white blood cells, supporting immune health and benefiting respiratory health.

Reap the Benefits of Reishi Mushroom for Respiratory Health

If you’re looking for a simple way to add Reishi mushrooms to your daily routine, look no further. Our Reishi Mushroom Gummies provide the equivalent of 500mg of Reishi mushroom extract per serving. Their delicious apple flavor and convenient once-a-day use make it easy to reap the health benefits.


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