Heart Protection by Ganoderma
Clinical studies and experiments with animals confirm that Ganoderma lucidum can effectively dilate coronary artery, increase coronary vessel blood flow, and improve circulation in cardiac muscle capillaries, thus increase the supply of oxygen and energy to cardiac muscle. Therefore Ganoderma lucidum helps to protect the heart from shortage of blood supply, and it is ideal for both curing and preventing heart diseases like nausea. Ganoderma lucidum can obviously reduce the level of blood cholesterol, liporotein and triglycerides in hypertensive patienst. It prevents the formation of arterial atheromatous patches.

If patches are already formed, Ganoderma lucidum will reduce cholesterol in arterial wall and soften the blood vessel to avoid further damage. It also partially improves blood circulation, and inhibits platelet aggregation. All these effects contribute to preventing various kinds of stroke.

Doctor's Opinion:

Dr.S. Ranjan, MD,. DM (Cardiology)

Education and Background:MBBS, MD in General Medicine, DM (Cardiology) of Madras Medical College, Post Doctoral Teacher in Cardiology for 17 Years, Personal Physician and Cardiologist to Former Honourable Presidents of India.

Ganoderma and Heart

Once thought to be the source of feelings of love and emotion, the heart is actually the powerhouse of the circulatory system. Rhythmic contractions of this muscular pump push blood along the blood vessels to all parts of the body, even to its far extremities, and back to the heart again. The beating heart ensures that every cell of the body has an uninterrupted supply of food, oxygen, and other essentials. So powerful is the heart that it can pump the body´s entire blood volume of 5 litres (8.8 pints) around the body once every minute. On average, it beats, or pumps, 70 times a minute when the body is at rest, yet can increase this rate if the body is active. Over a lifetime of 70 years, the heart beats some 2.5 billion times without tiring or stopping for a rest, thanks to the cardiac muscle and its walls.

Heart Problems: Unseen inside the chest, the heart is taken for granted until something goes wrong. A common cause of heart problems is the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which provide heart muscle with oxygen, a condition known as "Coronary Artery Disease". Its main symptom is chest pain, noticed during stress or exercise when extra demands are put on the heart. The chances of developing this problem are increased by smoking, high blood pressure, high-fat diet, obesity, and inactivity.

Reishi or Ganoderma lucidum is a very powerful herb and it has been used for more than 5000 years for its medicinal effects. It has more than 200 active ingredients which makes it unique in its positive effect on health.

The important effects on the heart are due to its triterpene compounds. The triterpenes give Reishi an adoptogenic quality, providing the person with protection from a wide range of biological, environmental, and social stresses. They have a kind of harmonizing effects on the body. These harmonizing effects are in the immune system as well as the circulatory system.

Anti-Oxidant effect: Reishi, being a powerful anti-oxidant helps to scavenge the free radicals which are injurious to cells. Consumption of Reishi can help in the prevention of heart diseases, especially heart attacks by its powerful antioxidant effects. It has been proved to reduce cholesterol levels.

Antiplatelet effect: Reishi contains Adenosine which is a platelet inhibitor. This action is due to the activation of phospholipase. This antiplatelet effect prevents clot formation, regularizes blood flow in the blood vessels, especially in the micro-circulation, thereby preventing heart attack.

ACE inhibition-Lanostane triterpenes with ACE inhibiting effects have been identified in Ganoderma. Ganoderic acid F exhibited the highest effect. This effect lowers and normalizes the blood pressure and helps to reduce the load on the heart and improve pumping function, especially in a failing heart.

Vasodilator effect: Adenosine is a powerful vasodilator and it improves the blood supply and oxygen delivery to various organs. By improving the oxygen supply to the heart, Reishi is useful in preventing Coronory Artery disease and helps to overcome angina.

The ability of Reishi to calm the body and regulate its energy seems to be the key to its effect on blood pressure, the immune system, and ultimately how long that system will last.

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Heart Protection by Ganoderma

One of nature’s great mysteries is the adaptogenic quality of certain plants. Key word – adapt. Imagine a plant that is able to provide you with the right healing nudge, in the right amount, at the right time, in the right direction. Science has not been able to duplicate this confounding yet therapeutic action in any pharmaceutical agent.

Only one in 300 herbs is an adaptogen. Rhodiola rosea, Eleuthero (once known as Siberian ginseng) and Astragalus are high potency adaptogenic herbs that are known in Traditional Chinese Medicine for giving you what you need: enhancing energy you if you’re stagnant, calming you if you’re irritable and wired.

An adaptogenic botanical for blood pressure will help reduce it for those with high blood pressure, and yet, taken by someone else with low blood pressure, the plant offers a gentle boost. An adaptogen for cholesterol will help boost the good (HDL) without raising the bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Red Reishi is notably Nature’s crowning achievement in adaptogen science. Reishi’s balancing qualities offer support for both the body’s immune and nervous systems. Herbalists use Reishi to support allergies, bronchitis, viral infections and hypertension, Its adaptogenic effect also extends to detoxification, mood and appetite, vigor, and mental alertness.


But no organ enjoys Reishi’s attention more than the liver! With its 300-plus biochemical processes and functions, the liver has the most to gain from regular intake of nature’s strongest adaptogen. This proves to be the case in preliminary studies showing Reishi extract as an effective aid in hepatitis B, helping to reduce elevated liver enzymes. (Stengler, 2005)

Reishi is often used by Chinese medicine practitioners for detoxification, which is a primary function of the liver that occurs in two stages. Today's environmental toxins, overabundance of petrochemicals, additives, pesticides, herbicides and xenoestrogens have our poor livers waving white flags! They are working overtime and barely able to perform the metabolic functions the body insists upon for healthy weight management and thousands of other functions. For the average person, consistent support of the liver’s filtering action is crucial for overall health and longevity.


Besides detoxification, stress reduction is a key aspect to Reishi’s adaptogenic qualities. No one escapes the stress of today’s busy world. Noise pollution, overwork, traffic, expenses and more add up to powerful and what’s worse – continuous—levels of stress.

As people search for effective de-stressing strategies such as meditation, moderate exercise, and a natural, whole foods diet, they still need a natural remedy to help the body ratchet down its chronic, and life-threatening stress level.

Red Reishi is the superior choice. The one-of-a-kind class of polypeptides acts as precursors to neurotransmitters and endorphins, and adjusts the effects of these chemicals through actions known as mediation, downregulation and upregulation—again, in whatever direction is needed, the perfect adaptogenic response.


The effect of ingesting Reishi on a daily basis is akin to training the cardiovascular system through aerobic exercise, or training the musculoskeletal system through lifting weights. Reishi actually trains the body’s immune system and nervous system to perform better. Natural medicine experts are beginning to suspect that the body’s immune system requires such training, that we’re born with an immature system that requires “cooking” through childhood fevers and early slaying of infections such as chickenpox and stomach flu.

That “cooking” action of a fever helps immune modulators and killer cells do their job later in life, as long-term studies have shown that children who don’t live in pristine environments have a higher success rate vanquishing certain cancers. Their immune systems took on early struggles with dirt, poverty, filth, bugs and grew robust as a result.

If you were given every imaginable type of immunizations and live in germicidal-scrubbed homes, I’m not suggesting a daily ingestion of dirt, but I do know that Reishi can provide that training ground for your immune system at any age. Reishi can be taken daily without adverse effect to adjust the body’s orchestration of powerful stress hormones such as coritsol and norepinephrine, enzymes, neurotransmitters, catecholamines, prostaglandins and a wide range of other compounds.

The end result is less wear and tear on the body’s cellular lining, organs, and tissues, and greater support of the body’s immune and nervous systems. Your resistance to infections, colds and flu, virus, bacteria, fungus and exotoxic substances is vastly increased. And your energy efficiency, concentration, mood, sleep, and general sense of well-being are significantly enhanced.

Reishi’s adaptogenic qualities include:
- supports nerve function
- scavenges free radicals
- tones and improves immune system function
- helps detoxify and protect the liver
- reduces inflammation
- quells allergies