Ganoderma Lucidum for Fighting Type 2 Diabetes
Ganoderma Lucidum, also known as lingzhi, or reishi mushroom, has been in use in Chinese medicine since 425 BCE, and is widely known in Chinese history as “the mushroom of immortality,” or “the elixir of life.” Known to be effective in fighting cancer, strengthening the immune system and detoxing the liver, it has also proven very effective in treating type 2 diabetes.
Improves overall health, reduces concerning symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
Studies have shown that ganoderma lucidum has several actions that are beneficial to diabetics. First, it is a powerful antioxidant, with anti-inflammatory action that modifies the way the brain and the nervous system communicate, greatly improving nerve function. This has many benefits to diabetics, as it balances the endocrine systems as well as the CNS (central nervous system), detoxifies the body, and reduces symptoms that are typically felt by diabetics, such as fatigue, mental acuity, and better sleep. It lowers cholesterol and raises hemoglobin levels, but does not raise blood sugar levels in the process.
It is important to note that ganoderma lucidum’s action is specific to type 2 diabetes, and not type 1. Though there are some claims that ganoderma lucidum can reduce the need for insulin in type 1 diabetics, the action is not quite the same, or as dramatic. As it does regulate blood glucose, it can be helpful, however, type 1 sufferers should be cautious about anything that lowers blood sugar, as this can lead to serious side effects. It is always wise to consult your doctor before beginning a course of natural medicine, just to be sure there aren’t any other mitigating factors that will affect your treatment.
Lowers blood sugar, slows diabetic kidney damage
Other studies have concluded that ganoderma lucidum can lower blood glucose levels. It is thought that it inhibits the production of an enzyme that the liver commonly uses to produce glucose, which contributes to this action. Additionally, trials have been conducted on diabetics with kidney complications. After eight weeks of treatment, test subjects had markedly reduced kidney stress in addition to lower blood sugar and triglycerides, leading researchers to conclude that treatment with ganoderma lucidum can slow or even arrest the progression of diabetic kidney disease.
Other health benefits of ganoderma lucidum
In addition to lowering blood glucose levels for type 1 diabetics, ganoderma lucidum has many other positive benefits that can enhance your life and wellbeing. For instance:
- It can reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms
- It is a natural antibacterial and anti-virus, helping you to protect yourself from disease and heal more quickly
- It improves blood circulation
- Reduces inflammation both internally and externally, which can reduce auto-immune flareups
- It helps rid the body of bad bacteria and encourages good bacteria to replenish
- Eases the symptoms of urinary tract infections
- Prevents sinus infections
- Reduces pain
- Fights fatigue
- Excellent liver detox: can protect against and reduce symptoms of hepatitis
- Treatment for and protection from bronchitis and asthma
- Balances blood pressure
- Supports a healthy heart
- Helps the liver to work more efficiently
And these are just some of the amazing things ganoderma lucidum can do for you; you don’t have to be type 2 diabetic to take advantage of its many benefits, but if you are, isn’t it great that there is a natural support available to you that has so much going for it? It’s not new, it’s not a fad – it’s been in use for thousands of years, and is trusted by an entire race of people to deliver a wide range of healthy rewards.
Contraindications and side effects of ganoderma lucidum
Ganoderma lucidum has been in common use for more than two centuries, and very few adverse effects have been reported. In rare cases, and more predominantly in people who suffer with a compromised immune system, mild nausea and skin rashes have occurred.
The incidence of negative side effects could also be caused by inconsistent dosing, which can be attributed to a poor or disreputable source. In this case, there is also the possibility of contamination, which can cause symptoms of liver toxicity.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should probably avoid ganoderma lucidum, as there has not been a great deal of research into this area. If you are planning surgery, you should discontinue use for a minimum of two weeks prior to your procedure, and for a month afterwards as ganoderma lucidum has a blood thinning action. If you are taking blood thinning medications, or have a bleeding disorder, it should be avoided as well, because it will increase the risk of bleeding.
There are some side effects that might be of concern, and if you experience them you should discontinue use and see a doctor immediately. These include:
- Dry, itchy throat, itchy nose, or dry mouth
- Severely upset stomach
- Blood in your stool
- Skin rash
How to get your ganoderma lucidum
Since the mushroom itself is quite woody, it is not the most palatable mushroom you might find. Most ganoderma lucidum extract comes in powdered form, or as a tincture, a tea, or an extract. Many people enjoy it as a daily tea. Still others prefer to add it to soups or other dishes that are complimented by its earthy flavor.
The FCR contains just the right amount of ganoderma lucidum (reishi mushroom) in combination with cordyceps and fucoidan. This powerful formulation represents the first time these three miraculous ingredients have been put together into one product, giving you remarkable disease-fighting power, especially if you suffer from type 2 diabetes. Read more about our ingredients here, and try The FCR today.