GL is also known as Reishi, Ling-Zhi, mannentake, and mushroom of immortality. As I already know the health benefits of it I can freely say that it has features to improve quality of life, heal the sick body, improve immune functions, and thus extend lifespan. When you see such a strong mushroom or any other plant then it is not surprising to you that It is used for hundreds of years. In Chinese medicine, GL is known for around 2000 years. Those properties are yield by specific compounds that mushroom contains rather than nutritional value.
If you want to enhance your energy level, vitality, stimulate the immune system to treat inflammatory-based disease or fight infection, and finally, if you want to prolong your life that’s a great choice. However, what I want you to know is that it might mean nothing if you don’t care for basic health-related issues. I’m taking here about sleep patterns, emotional disturbance, daily stress, poor eating habits. That probably won’t give you a piece of anything for such poor life habits.
I’m saying that because I just saw one clinical trial on which patients with metabolic syndrome (a triad of insulin resistance, hypertension, and poor glucose metabolism) didn’t achieve positive results when taking additional reishi supplement as a complementary treatment. You may feel powerful when taking another teaspoon of reishi powder after reading about miraculous things that this mushroom can make. But you can’t use one healthy thing against a bunch of shit. It doesn’t work the way we’d love to.
That’s especially an important note for cancer patients. In such a deadly disease with complex factors that affect disease appearance, development, progression, and treatment a wide treatment approach should be taken into account. Here, obviously, I’ll be talking only about reishi and studies results on cancer patients, in vitro, and so on.
Please remember, that if you suffer from cancer disease, reishi might be helpful, no doubt I’d probably be taking it. I’d be doing that, however with many other approaches to the disease. Among those would be dietary intervention, psychological, I’d check what relationships I have to work with, what are my stressors, how can I improve my sleeping habits and quality of sleep, what are my disruptive thoughts and what I can do with them, and so on. GL, Cordyceps Sinensis, curcumin, or Inonotus obliquus would be only a supplement to the diet. Exactly what they meant to be – supplements.
Most of the reishi is cultivated in China as it is rarely found in nature and human demands are well beyond that. You can buy different forms, like powder, supplements, tea, syrup, cream, and hair tonic. I like to use powders which I add to cocktails or coffee.