Mushrooms have been used by the Chinese community as traditional medicine and supplements for the treatment of various ailments for centuries. Scientific research has found that they effectively improve overall health, boost immunity, and enhance antioxidant and anti-cancer status.

1. Tiger Milk Mushrooms

Researchers at UCSI University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences have found that Tiger Milk Mushrooms (Lignosus rhinocerus) can enhance the human respiratory system. In a pioneering human trial with 50 participants over three months, the study showed significant improvements in respiratory health, immunity, and antioxidant levels, without any side effects. The mushrooms helped alleviate symptoms like sinusitis, nasal congestion, and cough, and boosted lung function and immunity, particularly increasing a key antibody that protects against coronavirus. Traditionally used in Southeast Asia and parts of China and Australia, this research confirms the mushrooms' efficacy and safety, and the results are published in the journal "Scientific Reports".


2. Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms(Ganoderma lucidum or lingzhi) are believed to boost immune function and offer several health benefits. Studies suggest they may improve the activity of white blood cells, enhance the immune response, and have anti-cancer properties by promoting cancer cell death and reducing inflammation. Reishi may also help reduce fatigue, depression, and improve quality of life, especially in those with certain medical conditions. Some research indicates potential benefits for heart health and blood sugar control, but findings are mixed, and more research is needed. The dosage of reishi varies by form, with extracts typically used in smaller amounts compared to the whole mushroom. However, reishi can cause digestive side effects and may not be safe for everyone, particularly those on certain medications. Please consult a health professional before taking or making any decision regarding its use.


by Jingzi 24-05-28

May 28, 2024 — The Herb Depot

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