Reishi for the Heart & Liver.

As found during the research performed in Japan, titerpenes in reishi are able to decrease high blood pressure, lower cholesterol level in cells, and slow down platelet aggregation (the clotting of blood cells), which in most cases are the factors leading to heart problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, arteriosclerosis and related disorders. In addition, researches held in China proved that chemicals in reishi enhance the blood flow and stimulate heart muscle in oxygen consumption. Also, it has been found that reishi is effective in preventing plaque build-up settling down on the blood vessels’ walls and thus inhibits blocking actions that lead to atherosclerosis. So, reishi is used as a universal tonic for the whole cardiovascular system. Clinical trials proved that while treating heart disorders and high pressure, the plant has no side effects in patients using it.
As known, the increase of cholesterol levels in blood leads to arteriosclerosis causing liver disorders as well. So by inhibiting the growth of serum cholesterol, reishi is used as a liver tonic. Reishi also works in preventing liver cirrhosis caused by the destructive action of the alcohol. It has proved to be helpful on the early stages of the disease, and unfortunately not in its acute phase. Moreover, the ganoderic acid (titerpenes) in reishi has been subjected to anti-viral studies and found to provide effective actions against viruses and toxic elements. This suggests a conclusion that reishi is potent against hepatitis, which is supported by the Chinese herbalists who prescribe reishi to fight this disease. In research groups, consumption of reishi resulted in successful treatment of liver failure and a promoted liver regeneration.
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