So I was challenged to try these mushrooms out, a full review will be in the progress once I finish using one whole packet.
Only 6 types of reishi that showed health benefits, red, blue, purple, black, white and yellow.
What is Red reishi mushrooms?
It is an herbal mushroom known for miraculous health benefits; it is commonly known as Ling Zhi (Ganoderma Lucidum) and referred to as God’s herb. In the past the mushroom is sacred and was only consumed by royalty in China and Japan. It is composed of water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids.
What are the benefits?
It benefits the ‘qi’ (life energy) of the heart, repairing the chest area, and for those with a knotted and tight chest. It has a high Polysaccharide content and has little or no side effects.
This list is taken from http://www.reishi.com/FAQ.htm
· Anti-allergic activity
· Bronchitis-preventative effect, inducing regeneration of bronchial epithelium
· Antibacterial, against Staphylococci, Streptococci, and Bacillus pneumoniae (perhaps due to increased immune system activity)
· Antioxidant, by eliminating hydroxyl free radicals
· Antitumor activity
· Antiviral effect, by inducing interferon production
· Lowers blood pressure
· Enhances bone marrow nucleated cell proliferation
· Cardiotonic action, lowering serum cholesterol levels with no effect on triglycerides, enhancing myocardial metabolism of hypoxic animals, and improving coronary artery hemodynamics
· Central depressant and peripheral anticholinergic actions on the autonomic nervous sytem reduce the effects of caffeine and relax muscles
· Enhanced natural killer cell (NK) activity in vitro in mice
· Expectorant and antitussive properties demonstrated in mice studies
· General immunopotentiation
· Anti-HIV activity in vitro and in vivo
· Improved adrenocortical function
· Increased production of Interleukin-1 by murine peritoneal macrophages in vitro
· Increased production of Interleukin-2 by murine splenocytes in vitro
Mikei red mushrooms are cultivated in Japan by the Mayuzumi Family. The Mayuzumi family has a history of 100 years in cultivating mushrooms.
The first recipe I followed was from Mikei website
Reishi Slices Barbary Wolfberry Seed Beef Soup
Ingredients: (3 – 4 servings)
Mikei Reishi Slice 6 g
Barbary Wolfberry Seed 20 g
Beef 150 g
1. Soak wolfberry seed in water for half an hour before use.
2. Cut beef into slices.
3. Heat oil in skillet, add spring onion and garlic, stir for a minute. Add beef to stir fry.
4. Bring eight bowls of water with Reishi slices to boil.
5. Add beef and cook in low heat for an hour.
6. Add salt to season.
Although the instructions were quite vague I still managed to cook the soup without any problems.
Here is a photo of the ingredients need for the above recipe.
Stir frying the beef, spring onion and garlic.
Soup is brewing
It’s finally done!
The final result was a notorious tasty soup, although I think 3 bowls of water was too little I had to add more water when I was cooking the coup. It was very rich, almost like stew, and smelt really good when it was cooking. The mushrooms was still very hard to chew, has anyone experience the same thing? I just couldn’t bite it! The beef was very tender and absorb the flavouring of the soup, and it complemented well with the rest of the ingredients in the recipe. I’m not sure if it was the wolfberries or the mushrooms, but I was left with a slight bitter after taste after consuming.
I look forward to trying the other recipes for the reishi mushrooms and will update if there was a change in health.
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