Ganoply is a reishi mushroom extract, and a study found that the administration of Ganoply up-regulated immune responses. Reishi mushrooms appear to have a wide variety of different effects, but all of them seem to centre around modulation of the immune system. Ganoderma appears to reduce oxidative stress via immune-related functions. Overall, reishi mushrooms can be seen as immune supporting compounds, and the myriad of other benefits that these fungi offer all spring from this central benefit nexus.
Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory Benefits
A recent Italian study investigates the reported anti-inflammatory properties of these natural fungi. Inflammation is an immunological function, so it stands to reason that any immune modulator would also reduce inflammation.
This research notes that “Ganoderma lucidum extracts can significantly inhibit the release of IL-8, IL-6, MMP-2 and MMP-9,” which means that they reduce the expression of known pro-inflammatory compounds. It stands to reason that this reduction of inflammatory activity also occurs when healthy people consume reishi mushrooms.
There are so many reported benefits of reishi mushrooms that it’s hard to fit them all into one article. In addition to the benefits we’ve already listed above, it also seems that ganoderan B helps with diabetes, and ganoderenic acid A was found to help with liver and gastric injuries. What’s more, reishi mushrooms even seem to help men with the symptoms of lower urinary tract conditions. It appears that reishi mushrooms contain tons of different components that each have their own beneficial effects, and research is ongoing to develop better methods of isolating the various constituents of the Ganoderma mushroom.