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Commonly referred to as Reishi, Ganoderma Lucidum is a bitter, hard mushroom that is used to enhance longevity and better health in the traditional Chinese medicine. It is only used as a medicinal mushroom and not in cooking. Medicinal users claim that ganoderma can heal and fight allergies, liver diseases, lung problems, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Ganoderma is used among those patients who are under taking radiotherapy and chemotherapy so as to reduce pain
However taking ganoderma may have both an advantage and a disadvantage. We will look at both the benefits and the risks of ganoderma supplements.
*Advantages of consuming Ganoderma Lucidum
Ganoderma is prescribed by medical practitioners as it is sought to enhance the immune system support.
Ganoderma is said to inhibit the platelets aggregation and reduce the blood pressure.
*Enhance blood sugar balance
Ganoderma has blood-sugar lowering effect and this is due to the polysaccharides referred to as the Ganoderma A, B, C. Ganoderma has the capability to enhance plasma insulin levels, increase the glucose liver metabolism, and enhance peripheral tissue and its utilization of glucose.
Hot water extracts from Ganoderma have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Ganoderma is used due to its liver protection ability, that is, hepatoprotective.
Another unique advantage of ganoderma is its usefulness in altitude sickness. Ganoderma reduces illness casued by altitude through oxygenating blood.
However taking ganoderma supplements has its risks.
*Disadvantages of taking Ganoderma Lucidum
Some individuals are allergic to ganoderma and its components. They tend to experience hypersensitivity to the ganoderma components. Other familiar side effects to those hypersensitive individuals include an itchy, red kin rash.
Also some users of ganoderma tend to have dry mouth, throat dryness or even nosebleed after ingestion of ganoderma.
In cases where an individual is taking medication while at the same time is ingesting ganoderma lucidum, then the ganoderma can interfere with the medication and its effects. For instance taking ganoderma while on diabetes medication may result to a decline in blood pressure.
Ganoderma causes blood thinning, which however may be healthy for those individuals with high blood pressure but not the rest. Long-term use of ganoderma may also lead to gastric bleeding which is a very serious side effect. For small doses, an individual may experience bloody stool or diarrhea. Also it is important to note that those individuals taking aspirin should avoid doses of ganoderma as it may lead to low blood pressure.
Other side effects of reishi mushroom include: vomiting, nausea, Acne, gastrointestinal upsets among others.
It is important that all of these potential side effects are listed in order to let you, the reader, know what could possibly happen. Do these side effects happen in the majority of users? No they don’t but they do appear in some.
It is very important that you consult a medical practitioners before taking Ganoderma Lucidum especially if you are under any medication or even for those pregnant mothers and breast-feeding mothers. However good the benefits may seem it is also good to be aware of the risks and dangers that it poses.