What Are the Health Benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum Mushroom?
Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) seem to promise a wide range of health benefits, but what exactly are they, and are there any risks?
Published October 30, 2021.
Ganoderma lucidum fungus, more commonly known as Reishi mushroom, is a type of traditional medicinal mushroom that has been used as an alternative medicine for many years. Is there any truth to the supposed health benefits and side effects of Ganoderma lucidum?
10 Health Benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum
As it turns out, there is quite a range of Ganoderma mushroom health benefits, and the 10 most popular ones are:
- Anticancer and anti-tumour properties.
- Benefits to immune support.
- Reduced symptoms of anxiety.
- Reduced symptoms of depression.
- Improved energy.
- Improved sleep.
- Improved skin quality.
- Anti-inflammatory properties.
- Antioxidant properties.
- Prevention of hair loss.
Are There Side Effects of Taking Reishi Mushrooms?
The risk of reported side effects from Reishi mushrooms is markedly low, but not nonexistent. In most cases, adverse reactions only manifest in those who suffer from mushroom or mould allergies, but they can still appear in healthy individuals. Of the few side effects that do exist, the ones to watch out for are:
- Dry mouth
- Nausea and upset stomach
Are Reishi Mushrooms Safe?
Given the range of benefits of Ganoderma lucisum mycelium fruiting bodies and their extracts, and considering the low potential of negative side effects, Reishi mushrooms shouldn't give you much cause for worry if you don't have an existing mushroom allergy.
If you are unsure, you should consult your doctor to receive a more accurate assessment of the risks that this fungus might present to you specifically.
Dr Lori Beth Bisbey