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Basic Facts On Ganoderma Lucidum Coffee

By Kathryn Neal

Ganoderma lucidum coffee has a very rich history. It is a beverage that has been taken in many parts of Asia for centuries. Its fast spread to the rest of the world is principally due to the benefits it is claimed to have. Traditionally, it was used as a nutritional supplement by the Chinese who call it Lingzhi. Today it is mainly known by its Japanese name, Reishi. It is made of a number of components that include ascorbic acid, sterols, alkaloids, glucosides, polysaccharides and proteinase among others.

There are several types of the red mushroom that include the yellow, white, purple, blue, black and red Reishi. The red Reishi is the most potent of these. Traditionally, this mushroom was very rare and difficult to cultivate. During the 1970s, easier methods of cultivation were devised and the fungus came back to the scene. It is still used as a nutritional supplement but many more benefits were realised.

Red Reishi is thought to have numerous medical benefits. Proponents say that it can cure or at least improve the symptoms associated with both acute and chronic conditions. Its main benefit is that of strengthening the immune function making it stronger to fight off diseases. The improvement in immunity is the result of some chemicals called interleukins. The main ones are interleukin 1 and 2.

Other than fighting infections, interleukins also play a role in the control of cancers. They prevent the growth of cancerous cells which effectively leads to tumour shrinkage and alleviation of symptoms. Breast cancer is an example of tumours that could potentially benefit if the results of animal studies are anything to go by. The coffee is also said to reduce detoxification levels which also improves immunity.

More research is still on-going and there is every indication that derivatives of the red mushroom have many more benefits. Red Reishi is thought to be an adaptogen. What this means is that it has the potential to mobilize the body defence mechanisms whenever a disease process sets in. It has many other benefits that include, among others, weight loss, improvement of memory, lowering of cholesterol, control of allergies, reversal of aging and increase of stamina.

Ordinary coffee is associated with some adverse effects that are not present in Reishi. Coffee, for example, reduces the levels of some vital alkaline minerals in the body that include, among others, calcium potassium and magnesium. It also reduces the amount of water soluble vitamin B. Depletion of all these minerals leads to excessive acidity in the body. There is also a negative effect on the adrenal glands and on energy stores leading to generalised body weakness.

The safety of the drug is not well known. However, its consumption is associated with a number of side effects that include dryness of throat, dry nose and nausea. It may interact with drugs such as blood thinners and drugs used for chemotherapy. Excessive consumption may also lead to increased levels of caffeine in the body which are in turn associated with increased heart rate, stomach upset, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.

The general advice is that, ganoderma lucidum coffee cannot be prescribed in place of conventional treatments due to the weak supportive evidence in favour of its effectiveness. More research needs to be conducted. If one intends to use it alongside other treatments then it will be a good idea to consult a physician first.

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