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Gastrointestinal disease and illnesses are any ailments linked to the digestive system, including the throat, stomach, and intestines. (1)
The digestive system is one of the most important systems of all, breaking nutrients into parts small enough for your body to absorb and use for energy, growth, and cell repair. Your body needs nutrients from food and drink to work properly and stay healthy.
Reishi, like all mushrooms, contain complex polysaccharides that protect the mucosal lining of the stomach. These constituents of Reishi also make it one of the important prebiotics used to increase good bacterial flora. The recent advancement in research has shown the link between gut microbiota and treatment of various digestive ailments. (2)
Animal models carrying gastric ulcers have also shown the healing efficacy of water extracts of Reishi. One of the examples showing significant acceleration of ulcer healing by 40.1% and 55.9%, in just 2 weeks of oral administration! (3) Another example showed significant wound healing of the acute gastric ulcer after extensive damage of the gastric mucosa. (4)
Although polysaccharides from Reishi promote gut health, the triterpenes from Reishi have shown to improve chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract seen in Crohn’s disease. The study suggests the effect was due to the down-regulation of NF-κB signaling pathway. (5)
It's important to understand that both types of Reishi extracts (water and ethanol) have shown gastrointestinal benefits. In this case, a dual extract of Reishi containing a mix of water and ethanol extraction procedures is recommended.
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