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Reishi mushroom benefits

reishi mushrooms growing on driftwood
Reishi mushrooms have been popular in alternative medicine for centuries. Find out more about it's benefits along with how to include more in your routine
Mushrooms are one of our favourite superfoods, with many of us enjoying their taste and health benefits in a wide variety of recipes.1 However, there’s one mushroom in particular that has been popular for centuries: the reishi mushroom.

If you’re wondering whether this fungus is worth incorporating into your health routine, we’ve got everything you need to know below.

What are reishi mushrooms?

Reishi mushrooms are a popular ingredient in Eastern culture. It’s a type of fungus that grows exceptionally well in warm, humid locations.2 It’s native to Asia, although it’s usually available to buy through health food stores and specialist retailers.

It’s reported that reishi mushrooms could have several health benefits. For this reason, they’re often eaten fresh or taken in powdered form.3

Reishi mushrooms benefits

Reishi mushrooms have a long history in Eastern culture alternative medicine. They’re reported to have a wide variety of potential benefits, some of which have the science to back them up.4 Nevertheless, if you’re experiencing symptoms or you’re worried about your health, always visit your doctor first.

Some reishi benefits might include:

Some reishi benefits might include:

  • supporting the immune system5
  • maintaining blood sugar levels
  • supporting heart health
  • decreased fatigue8
While some research does support the reported potential health benefits of reishi mushrooms, it’s worth bearing in mind that the evidence is mixed. Some research reports no positive effects at all, or little change in symptoms experienced.9,10

Potential side effects

Whilst research into the health benefits of mushrooms continues, it’s thought that reishi is generally well tolerated, however some of the research suggests that people may experience minor side effects like nausea or upset stomachs.11 It’s always important to seek medical advice when considering taking mushroom containing products, if you have an existing medical condition.

A number of short-term clinical studies haven’t found severe adverse effects from the consumption of reishi mushrooms, and whilst long-term effects of taking them on a regular basis haven’t yet been studied, they’ve been consumed for a number of centuries, particular in places such as China and Japan. As their popularity increases, there’s likely to be more longer term scientific studies and data becoming available. Though, as the data is still emerging, it’s a good idea to consider whether using reishi mushrooms is right for you.13

If you’re worried about your health or are experiencing adverse symptoms, it’s essential to visit your doctor. They’ll be able to advise you on the best treatment plan for your needs. It’s especially crucial if you take regular medication or have a pre-existing health condition. You might want to be cautious if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding too.

Reishi mushroom dosage

Knowing how much reishi mushroom to take can be tricky. Dosage can depend on the type of reishi mushrooms you choose, as its potency can be different depending on the form you take it in.

Fresh reishi mushrooms will usually give you the most significant dose (although it does depend on the size of the mushroom).14 Powdered varieties tend to have a lower dosage than the fresh mushrooms, with some research suggesting up to 10 times less.15 Of course, this also depends on the ingredients included in your chosen product too.

Whether you choose powdered or fresh reishi mushrooms, it’s a good idea to follow the instructions on your chosen product to be sure you’re not taking too much. If you decide on a powdered reishi mushroom, look for high-quality, plant-sourced supplements to be sure you’re getting the best possible product.
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