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Dr Bob Rakowski talks about Ganoderma
Mushrooms have fascinated human beings for as long as we’ve been around to wonder.
From the earliest days they have been used for treatment of diseases, to prevent and treat infections and in some cases, for psychoactive effects, but a few, very special mushrooms have always been considered to have multiple benefits... and one of these is Ganoderma Lucidum.
Many people in the past believed that this mushroom was very important, and modern research has begun to explain why - Ganoderma contains a number of active ingredients which make it a true superfood and explain why it may be beneficial for ensuring good health, preventing illness and promoting overall well-being.
The first recorded use of Ganoderma Lucidum - otherwise known as Lingzhi or Reishi - was around 2730BC, when the Chinese emperor and master herbalist, Shen Nong identified Ganoderma and declared it the ‘King of Herbs’, because he felt it was the most superior of the more than 360 which he had studied.
He even felt that the most popular medicinal herb at the time, Ginseng, did not contain all the benefits of Ganoderma.
The once extremely rare mushroom was reserved for the Imperial family - its use by commoners was strictly forbidden and possession was punishable by chopping off the offending hand.
The Chinese people knew that the mushroom was very special, and they referred to it as the ‘10,000 Year Mushroom’ and the ‘Mushroom of Immortality’, because of the longevity it was thought to confer on the person who consumed it.
It became a symbol of health and was often depicted in statues, tapestries and writings and given an almost ‘deity-like’ status. More recently, we have come to understand at a scientific level, more about how Ganoderma affects the body.
Clinical research has been undertaken on the active ingredients that can be found in Ganoderma and it has found to have the potential to be a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Data also suggest that it may support and boost the immune system, improve circulation, brain health and help to maintain wellbeing.
High quality Ganoderma includes several active ingredients, each category of which confers a different benefit within the body.
A group of triterpenes, called ganoderic acids, possess anti-oxidation and anti-inflammatory effects, which also help to protect the liver and have been shown to have anti-tumour effects.
Polysaccharides and glycoproteins also have many useful effects, and have been shown to help to reduce blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity. Further studies have explored the effects of Ganoderma on tumour growth and some of this data suggests that it may help.... to treat some cancers and increase the effectiveness of cancer therapies.
Other active ingredients of Ganoderma help to strengthen the immune system, while additional components include proteins which boost immunity through reduction of inflammation, steroids which help protect the liver, phenolic compounds which help prevent chronic inflammation, and many more.
In total, more than 100 compounds have been identified in Ganoderma having biological activity, and it’s been shown that this humble fungus can be useful in treating and preventing high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, hyperglycaemia, hepatitis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, heart diseases, cancer and one study showed that it even blocked the replication of the HIV virus in the laboratory.
These research studies have been carried out only on the active ingredients of Ganoderma but taken together, the data suggests that Ganoderma has the potential to impact significantly on the lives of those who take it.
If you are suffering from any medical conditions mentioned then something which you can add to your diet to help alleviate these conditions may have a positive impact. But given the wider properties of Gandoerma even when we’re in good health, taking Ganoderma may confer additional benefits.
Not only may it help us from developing some disease in the future by boosting our immune systems, most of us can benefit from increased insulin sensitivity... Which can help with Fat Loss.
It is already known that when insulin levels in the blood gets too high, fat loss comes to a halt. People who have eaten a lot of sugary and processed foods may become somewhat resistant to the effects of insulin. Therefore, when they eat carbohydrates or any other form of sugar, more insulin is dumped into the system and this stops the release of fats for fuel.
Higher insulin levels = more fat storage. How else can it help?
As an anti-oxidant, it’s incredibly powerful. To understand just one of the most powerful anti-ox effects, we need to understand about something called Glutathione.
Writing for the Huffington Post, Dr Mark Hyman has called Glutathione the ‘most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent ageing, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease’. It helps us achieve better mental and physical states by limiting muscle damage, increases strength endurance, reduces injury time and improves mental clarity.
This molecule is integral to the various systems the body uses to manage unwanted chemicals, heavy metals and other toxins in the body, which stick to the glutathione to be carried out in stool and bile.
While the body does produce its own glutathione, it is often severely depleted due to lifestyle factors. However, Ganoderma has been shown to limit this effect and help us retain the glutathione.
Why is Ganoderma so important for athletes?
Athletes might be interested to know that Ganoderma is a nitrate donor which means it contains a lot of the chemical which the body uses to make Nitric Oxide.
Nitric Oxide is one of the most important molecules in the human body because it’s what signals the walls of blood vessels to relax.
Better circulation, better blood flow - meaning better oxygenation of the tissues, better recovery and less energy needed for the same result.
The same chemical supercharges sexual function and improves brain function (memory, focus, motor learning).
It also helps open up the airways, lowers blood pressure and provides a boost to the immune system. Oh, research also suggests that it can aid sleep through modulation of the brains excitatory neurochemistry.
The other potent benefit of Ganoderma which can’t be ignored is that it promotes alkalinity within the body. Ganoderma has been shown to help restore an alkaline state as it contains a high concentration of Alkaloids.
Now, the human body wants to be in a slightly alkaline state (pH of around 7.3 - 7.4), yet much of the food we eat creates acid. Many things that we drink create acid. Exercise and movement create acid. If this imbalance is left unchecked, the body doesn't function properly - we lose energy and get sick.
It’s incredible how this one thing has such a profound effect on health...
In fact, all metabolic processes within the body are pH dependant! For example, when hormones and hormone receptors are outside of this optimum pH level, they continue to work, but just at a much reduced rate, so it may in fact take twice as much of the same hormone at the new pH to induce the same response.
So we covered Nitric Oxide, but that’s not all - Ganoderma has much more to it as we’ve seen – so wouldn’t you agree it is pretty amazing stuff?
Because of its complex nature, the active properties of
Ganoderma can’t be isolated, and so it’s not possible to make a pharmaceutical drug because a natural substance can’t be patented – but, If companies were able to make a drug from it, it would surely be the ‘wonder drug of the century’.
And of course, it’s been very well researched – in fact, there are over 1800 peer-reviewed, published studies out there, yet, we don’t see it in mainstream pharma- ceuticals, because the money isn’t there.
Luckily for us, it’s all there within the natural substance!
It’s been called the king of herbs – with good reason... if you look at what it does – It dilates the blood vessels, increases oxygen delivery to the tissues, improves sleep, controls inflammation, boosts the immune system and alkalises the body.
It enhances the body’s ability to deal with all types of infection, be it viral, fungal and bac- terial, and it’s been shown in in vitro studies to be beneficial in treating several different types of cancer... And that’s before we even start to talk about brain health, liver health & kidney protection.
So imagine now that you have something that can dilate blood vessels, control and reduce in- flammation, alkalises the body, improves circulation, promotes better sleep and boosts the im- mune system...
Do you think that would be worth taking regularly to improve your health?
And how about athletic performance? – Well it turns out, these are the very same things – dilating blood vessels, reducing inflammation, promoting alkalinity – these are the same things that boost performance, improve mental focus, aid cell repair and promote recovery.
If you are the sort of person who is interested in improving your health, getting or staying fit, sleeping better, getting better insulin sensitivity, protecting your body or improving athletic performance, doesn’t it make sense to investigate this natural substance?
However, part of the problem with Ganoderma is that it’s traditionally been very rare, meaning expensive and difficult to find, especially in the west. Perhaps an even bigger problem though, is how we use it. In Chinese medicine, the dried mushroom is broken up and brewed into an infusion over several hours and later consumed as a tea; however, the resulting brew is ex- tremely bitter and unpalatable. Most people would find it difficult to make that a part of an everyday routine.
Luckily, there is an alternative – Organo Gold Coffee and Tea. Organo Gold have spent 12 years perfecting and patenting the process of producing Ganoderma on a large scale, while preserving its integrity. All Organo Gold Ganoderma Lucidum is 100% certified organic, and of the highest possible quality.
Through the vehicle of an everyday beverage, Organo Gold have made it possible for everyone to enjoy the benefits of Ganoderma each and every day, by making it part of our daily routine.
They have truly managed to bring this incredible ‘treasure of the earth’ to the people of the world. Would you like to try some?
*Organo Gold Coffees & Teas are available to purchase in the clinic.
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