Benefits of Red Reishi
The Latin name for the Red Reishi mushroom is Ganoderma Lucidum and has been favored for centuries by oriental medicine for its powerful immune system enhancing properties. There are several health benefits that come from taking the mushroom but it is especially good in Candida treatments where Leaky Gut Syndrome is present, due in part to its adaptogenic properties.
‘Apaptogenic’ means something that helps your body adapt to stressful situations buy improving your bodies ability to cope with anxiety, tiredness and stress, thus reducing fatigue on the organs like the adrenal glands. We know of other herbs that also have adaptogenic qualities like Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Maitake and Astralagus. The combination of the adaptogenic and immune boosting aspects of Red Reishi make it one of the best supplements for treating a Candida yeast infection.
Support your immune system with Red Reishi mushrooms
For anyone with a depleted immune system Red Reishi has been shown to have a remarkable effect upon the numbers of macrophages in the blood stream. It is thought that the polysaccharides that the Red Reishi contain, assist in the maturation of normal immune cells into the specialised macrophages that deal with potentially dangerous pathogens and viruses. Naturopaths have found supplementation to help a wide range to illnesses from immune diseases like HIV to autoimmune disorders like hepatitis – in effect correcting any imbalance in the immune system.
Various studies have shown that Red Reishi has a wide range of health benefits and has shown encouraging results in treating serious diseases. Red Reishi have been found to:
- Have a stabilizing effect upon blood sugar levels.
- Assist in destroying cancer cells.
- Be a source of slow releasing complex carbohydrates that are easily assimilated (uncooked).
- Be and excellent source of mineral potassium, calcium and magnesium.
- Be a high a quality source of fiber.
- Contain immune boosting polysaccharides.
Red Reishi has been found to have anticoagulant properties and for that reason it should not be taken by pregnant women, anybody who is about to undergo surgery or the elderly or infirm. Always seek professional medical advice if you are in doubt.
Treating Leaky Gut Syndrome with Red Reishi
Unfortunately, Leaky Gut Syndrome often blights the Candida sufferer due to the very nature of how the Candida overgrowth spreads through your gut. Over time the Candida yeast grows roots that force their way through your intestinal wall membrane, leaving small perforations. Food particles and micro-organisms from the digestive tract can then pass into your bloodstream cause an immune response that may lead to food allergies and other unpleasant symptoms.
Red Reishi mushrooms will help heal Leaky Gut Syndrome buy reducing the inflammation in the gut, giving it strength and preventing more particles from passing into your system. Secondly, the immune boosting properties let your body work on fighting the Candida rather than the foreign bodies in your blood.
For further reading you may wish to take a moment to read this 2006 study on the benefits Red Reishi and its positive effects upon liver function.
Whether mushrooms feed or fight your Candida is a topic of much debate and rather a grey area – if you’ll pardon the pun! It is thought by some that mushrooms will encourage the yeast to grow while others argue that some mushrooms contain antimicrobial agents that will kill the Candida yeast. You can read a 2008 study that supports this here. Furthermore, it is possible that any micro-organisms that you introduce to your gut by eating mushrooms will compete for the nutrients you eat just as probiotics do.
We feel that the best course of action is to avoid mushrooms that don’t provide any direct benefit to treating your Candida infection while on the diet plan. Other medicinal mushrooms, such as the Red Reishi, can be helpful in fighting the Candida but should be taken in a preparation or supplement form as cooking them breaks down the complex carbohydrates and converts them into sugars, that will just feed the overgrowth.
Gano Caps are supplement capsules that contain 100% Red Reishi powder. A typical box of Gano Caps contains 60 capsules. Each serving (2 capsules) contains 1 gram of Reishi powder, which is the recommended daily dosage. Be aware that you can consume up to 9 grams of the Reishi mushroom per day, however the stated dosage for the powder is only 1-1.5 grams.
Gano Caps is manufactured by Global Health Trax (GHT). GHT is also the producer of ThreeLac and FiveLac, which are two of the most popular probiotic supplements for sufferers of Candida overgrowth. They also produce a wide range of digestive enzymes, fiber supplements and other immune support products. Global Health Trax is based in the USA and available through Amazon.