The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
The red reishi mushroom has been known in Asia for centuries as an effective herbal remedy for those that are elderly or ill. These mushrooms have long been known as the “immortality herb” or “long life herb.” It has gone by many names, including Ganoderma, Lingzhi, or Ling Chi.
Red reishi has been rated as the top medicinal herb used in traditional Chinese medicine, with ginseng in second place. Some sources even report that at one point, it was traded for its weight in gold and was only available to emperors.
Because this incredible mushroom is known to be:
This astonishing and unique mushroom contains over 200 bio-active ingredients and unique compounds that are among the most biologically active available from any plant in the world. 
Let’s discuss two of the most potent and important and almost “magical ingredients” in red reishi mushrooms:
Beta-glucans are specialized forms of polysaccharides – complex sugar molecules that have unique effects on human physiology. They are often found in bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and other plants. 
The beta-glucans that occur naturally in red reishi mushrooms are known to:
Triterpenes are another of the “magic” ingredients in red reishi mushrooms.
Chemically speaking, they are unsaturated hydrocarbons made up of six isoprene units.
In normal-person speak, they are bio-active and natural molecules that offer astonishing benefits for the human body.
The three most well-known groups of triterpenes in red reishi include ganoderic acids, lucidernic acids, and sterols. Some of these natural molecules are precursors to steroids and provide an all-natural alternative to medicinal steroids.
Triterpenes have been shown to:
While there are many herbal remedies and mushrooms that may have health benefits, only one has earned the title “The King of Fungus” – the red reishi mushroom.
How did this rare mushroom earn such a moniker?
Because the wide range of health benefits available through proper use of this mushroom are simply astounding.
Some of the additional health benefits of red reishi mushroom include:
The Red Reishi mushroom is very rare in nature but has become more accessible in recent times as method of cultivating it in a controlled environment has been developed.
If you try to eat the mushroom itself, you might find yourself offended by its bitter and woody taste.
Thankfully, the nutritional benefits are available in red reishi extracts that exist in various teas, supplements, and oils.
But beware: many companies have tried to cheat and manufacture low-quality supplements that omit the beta-glucans, triterpenes, and other health-inducing ingredients. 
BodyHealth’s Perfect Reds is a delicious, organic, and high-quality phytonutrient and superfood drink that includes ideal levels of real, effective red reishi extract.
When it comes to boosting your immune system and maintaining a healthy body in these trying times, it takes a team effort: proper nutrition, exercise, and supplementing the essential vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are severely lacking in today’s commercial food industry.
Learn how Perfect Reds combats exhaustion and fatigue by employing nitric oxide here.
At BodyHealth, we are dedicated to continually researching and providing the highest quality, organic, and natural supplements to support overall wellness and health.
Watch for next week’s article on the incredible benefits of whole grape resveratrol!
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.
I hope this finds you healthy and able to still get outside (or inside) for a daily run during this trying time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of us are grieving several losses including race cancellations. Though it's a bummer, I want you to know that your hard-earned training is far from wasted.
Those miles are in your legs and all kinds of wonderful benefits have occurred including the addition of mitochondria, adding new capillary beds for increased blood flow, and strengthening the heart muscle for future training.
As athletes, it's important for us to be proactive in maintaining a strong immune system. We're not only doing this for our own prevention but also our loved ones that we spend time with.
Read on for 5 tips to consider as you seek to stay healthy.
Chronic obesity often persists because of hormone dysregulation. The hormones regulating appetite, body weight, and metabolism create a normalized “set-point.” This is a key feature of how the intelligence of the body maintains homeostasis across our lives.
When we deviate from this set point by losing weight, the body will attempt to regain homeostasis. There are many reasons this can occur and in this article we'll discuss them.