Mushrooms and Respiratory Health

Respiratory system

DXN breathingHealthy adults take approximately 12-16 breaths per minute while newborns take 40 on average, a direct correlation of the size of the lungs.  Whereas daily breathing keeps our bodies functioning properly, deep, conscious breathing, relaxes muscles, lowers blood pressure and quiets the brain which relieves stress.

A healthy respiratory system is supported by strong bones and muscles primarily in the chest area and spine.  As we age, bones and muscles in and around the lungs become weaker making breathing more difficult leading to restricted airways, shortness of breath and fatigue.  Additionally these changes decrease the amount of oxygen in the blood leading to a weaker immune system and susceptibility to respiratory illnesses and other diseases.

Respiratory illnesses

Respiratory illnesses are not limited to older individuals.  Several factors contribute to respiratory complications including the environment (pollution, toxins, allergens), harmful lifestyles (smoking, inhaling toxic gases, poor diet, lack of exercise) and genetics.  Upper respiratory disorders include the common cold, sinusitis, influenza (flu), croup and whooping cough while lower respiratory disorders range from asthma to bronchitis, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, tuberculosis, COPD and a host of other lung diseases.

Mushrooms and Respiratory health

Mushrooms help in preventing and managing respiratory illnesses.  Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), for instance, is a well-known medicinal mushroom recognized for its many health benefits including its positive impact on the upper respiratory tract.  Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a polypore mushroom that grows on dead or dying deciduous trees in North/South America and Asia.  It has been a part of Oriental culture for thousands of years revered for its antiaging and energizing effects.

1486914_345790848895077_344047266_nReishi helps with respiratory ailments by increasing the oxygen absorbing capacity of the alveoli (air sacs in the lungs where gas exchange occurs) which in turn boosts stamina.  Patients suffering from chronic bronchitis benefit from Reishi extracts that effectively reduces the activity of the parasympathetic nerves responsible for the incessant coughing. Reishi appears to have antiviral properties as demonstrated in research determining the effects of this fungus on the influenza A virus.  Reishi boosts the immune system, acts as an energizer and due to its high levels of lanostan, is also a natural antihistamine.

GL (1)Reishi is not consumed raw but rather ingested in tea form, as a tincture or in capsules.  Capsules are most used form. Combination of different mushrooms (Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps) gets the best results and benefits for a healthier respiratory system. Both Reishi and Chaga can still be found in the wild; Reishi growing on oak, maple and elm, Chaga on birch, and can be made into a tea relatively easily.  Both are a little bitter so adding maple syrup or honey will adjust the flavor.

Respiratory health is directly connected to our general well-being. Developing good habits such as eating wholesome foods, staying active, getting plenty of sleep and relaxing the mind all contribute to boosting the immune system and overall health.

Taking long, deep breaths at various times of the day will calm the mind, relieve stress and restore a sound body!

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Benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum mushroom

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  • Anti-aging. Ganoderma contains polysaccharides that promote DNA synthesis and increased cell division to slow down the process of aging.
  • Detoxification. Many medications, including over the counter drugs, can leave toxins in your body. Organic Germanium found in Ganoderma helps oxygenate the blood and clean toxins out of your system.
  • Cardiotonic function. Ganoderic acids in ganoderma help to lower cholesterol and artery blockages in the heart by sloughing away plaque that blocks the passages in the arteries.
  • Cancer prevention. Research has found that the Beta-D-glucan found in ganoderma has an anti-tumor effect because they stimulate the immune system. More T-cells are released into the system this way to combat cancerous tumors and cancer cell growth.
  • Anti-allergy and anti-inflammation. Ganoderma is an effective allergy medication that can prevent reactions and provide positive effects for asthma. Studies have found that it can also be used for treating inflammatory issues like bronchitis, neck and shoulder pain, conjunctivitis and others.
  • Liver protection. Ganoderma effectively protects the liver and treats liver damage. It is used in Chinese medicine to help treat hepatitis.
  • Kidney benefit. Kidney disease is a difficult disease to cure. Those with high cholesterol and diabetes often have kidney disease, but ganoderma can make kidney disease less severe, and can even cure it.
  • Immune modulation. An increase in T lymphocytes and a decrease in CD8 counts show long-term immune support from the use of ganoderma.
  • Blood sugar balance. For those suffering with high blood sugar, ganoderma can lower those counts because of its ability to elevate plasma insulin levels, glucose utilization and liver metabolism of glucose.
  • Oxygenation. Altitude sickness can be treated with ganoderma because it oxygenates the blood better.
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-virus. Bacterial infections like bacillus cereus, Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger, and e-coli can all be easily treated with ganoderma. Viruses like flu and herpes also do not stand a chance against ganoderma.
  • Cholesterol control. Ganoderma kicks the liver into action to inhibit cholesterol synthesis and lower cholesterol levels.
  • Radiation help. Ganoderma mushrooms help radiation do its job of attacking cancerous cells better while also preventing a lot of the damage that is often done to good cells. Ganoderma can counteract a lot of the side effects from chemo and radiation.
  • Urinary tract support. Ganoderma helps inhibit UTI infections from forming and can be used to treat people with a UTI. They also help prevent prostate issues in men as they age.


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