Consumption of Ganoderma is said to provide a wide variety of therapeutical benefits. It helps fight fatigue, control cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, ease inflammations, build stamina and support the immune system. It is also known to have anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties and even reduce altitude sickness and relieve urinary tract symptoms. It is non-toxic and non-addictive.
Active ingredients found in Ganoderma include water-soluble polysaccharides, beta-glucans, heter-beta-glucans and the ling zhi-8 protein. These ingredients are effective at boosting the immune system and lowering blood pressure. They are also known to help fight tumors. Ganoderma also contains organic germanium which increases metabolism and oxygen in the blood system, adenosine which reduces cholesterol and body fat, triterpenoid which strengthens the digestive system, and ganoderic essence which helps renew body tissues and cells and contributes to youthfulness and overall skin health.
Polysaccharides in Ganoderma known as Ganoderans A, B, and C are also proven to lower blood sugar levels. These are largely due to the polysaccharides abilities to increase plasma insulin levels, enhance peripheral tissue utilization of glucose, and enhance liver metabolism of glucose.
When taken every morning, one can notice a gradual improvement in ones overall health and well-being particularly when it comes to the elimination of hydroxyl free radicals and use of oxygen. The effect can usually be felt within 10 days to about 2 months of regular intake. These anti-oxidant effects also protect one from disease and signs of aging.
For those suffering from allergies, Ganoderma also has anti-allergenic agents that help inhibit histamine release and even improve liver functions. Taking Ganoderma can be beneficial for its expectorant, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties in the relief of seasonal allergies.
To maximize the benefits of Ganoderma, it is advisable to take it in the morning on an empty stomach. Drinking lots of water will also aid in the flushing out of toxins from the body. Taking Vitamin C along with Ganoderma will also increase the herbs anti-oxidant properties through better absorption of polysaccharides.
Although generally, Ganoderma is known to not have any side effects and can even be taken in large quantities, it is still best to consult a physician before regularly taking any Ganoderma supplements. Taking Ganoderma may interfere with immunosuppressive drugs, anticoagulants, chemotherapeutic agents, and organ transplants. Sensitive people may also initially feel some discomfort after taking Ganoderma for a few days. These symptoms may vary from dry nose, dry throat, nausea and dizziness, stomach upset, skin rashes, to sore bones, but most of the time they are only temporary.