Cactus Botanics
Issue 09
Sep 13, 2023
Cactus Botanics
Reishi: The Mushroom for Ultimate Health

Reishi, also known as Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a mushroom commonly found throughout Asia, where it thrives in hot and humid areas. It has been a featured remedy in traditional medicinal modalities in China to prevent and treat several.

Reishi is one of the most well-researched fungi for use as an immune-support supplement, especially in compromised. (Note: In the US market, the FDA prohibits disease claims. Here, we present research that associates reishi’s actions in several disease states.)

Immune Support/Cancer Amelioration:

In their review, researchers found that many studies of reishi and immune health showed that its immunomodulating abilities were “extensive, including promoting the innate immune function, humoral immunity, and cellular immunity. In particular, G. lucidum polysaccharides may affect immune cells and immune-related cells including B and T lymphocytes, dendritic cells, macrophages, and natural killer cells, with the promotion of immune organ growth, cytokine release, and other immune regulatory functions.”(1)

The lead author of a 2020 review stated: “It has been confirmed that G. lucidum exhibits significant potency to prevent and treat different types of cancers such as breast, prostate, colon, lung and cervical.” (2)

Other Benefits

Liver Support: Authors of a review studying reishi’s liver-protecting effects explained: “G. lucidum protects the liver through a broad range of mechanisms that include the modulation of liver Phase I and II enzymes, the suppression of β-glucuronidase, antifibrotic and antiviral actions, the regulation of the production of nitric oxide (NO), the maintenance of hepatocellular calcium homeostasis, immunomodulatory activity, and scavenging free radicals.” (3)

Blood Sugar Support: The constituents in reishi have demonstrated activity in modulating blood sugar response. More specifically, according to researchers, reishi’s polysaccharides have been shown to have hypoglycemic ability through increasing insulin levels in and reducing sugar levels in plasma. The enzyme tyrosine phosphatase 1B is a therapeutic target that scientists are exploring to target in cases of diabetes -- and reishi’s proteoglycan was shown to inhibit this enzyme. (4)

It is evident that reishi mushroom has powerful health-protective properties. It is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, making it attractive to all health-minded individuals. Consider incorporating reishi mushroom into your formulations.


1. Wang Adv. “Immunomodulating Effect of Ganoderma (Lingzhi) and Possible Mechanism” Exp. Med Biol. 2019 1182:1-37

2. Ahmad “Ganoderma lucidum: A rational pharmacological approach to surmount cancer” J Ethnopharmacol 2020 5;260:113047

3. Ahmad “Ganoderma lucidum: Novel Insigbht into Hepatoprotective Potential with Mechanisms of Action” Nutrients 2023 Apr 13;15(8):1874.

4. Ma “Anti-diabetic effects of Ganoderma lucidum” Phytochemistry 2015 Jun; 114:109-113

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