Reishi Regulates Blood Sugar And Reduces Diabetes Complications

- Jun 18, 2019-


Few diseases, like diabetes, can affect many organs throughout the body. To put it simply, "diabetes" is the dysfunction of the body to use glucose.


Glucose cannot be utilized effectively by cells without insulin. The function of this hormone is like the "key to open the door". Once there is no key, or the keyhole of the key and the cell door is not matched, the glucose cannot be used effectively by the cell.

Diabetes caused by insufficient insulin secretion is "type 1 diabetes". It is caused by the immune system attacking islet cells as an enemy. It is an autoimmune disease and must be treated with insulin for life. So it is also called "insulin-dependent diabetes." The patients were mainly children and adolescents with genes in this area. However, in recent years, there are many people who have developed the disease after adulthood. It is speculated that the immune system may be disturbed by factors such as viral infection, chemical toxins in the environment, and emotional stress. However, the vast majority of people with diabetes still belong to "type 2 diabetes". Although their islet cells function normally, they cannot open the cell door because they have "insulin resistance". Because most patients have the trait of [being too fat", they are also called [obese diabetes". This used to be a trait for the elderly, but as eating habits changed, the proportion of younger people with this disease becomes higher and higher.


Glucose is the source of energy for the normal functioning of cells. Cells that lack glucose for a long time have to use protein and fat as alternative energy sources. The result is that all the nutrients cannot perform their duties, and the metabolic wastes (nitrogen and ketone bodies) of protein and fat are also greatly increased, and the body naturally becomes a mess. This is also why people with long-term high blood sugar, in addition to the three symptoms of "drinking more (easy thirst), eating more (easy to be hungry), polyuria", are also prone to dizziness, fatigue, numbness of hands and feet, and weight loss. As for the more glucose in the blood? Think about a pot of syrup in a small fire, from the clear into the sticky process, it is not difficult to understand that this glucose in the blood will damage to the cardiovascular, nervous, and immune systems through the oxidation of free radicals, immune cells inflammatory reaction, and other enzymes chemical changes.


There is no single drug that can treat diabetes completely. However, the Ganoderma lucidum is just like a good wife which can protect islet cells that Western medicine can't do now. The researchers first injected chemicals into mice to destroy islet cells and form type 1 diabetes. For the untreated mice, almost all of the islet cells died. However, mice that eat Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides not only preserve part of islet cells, but also regenerate the remaining cells, and each cell secretes more insulin. Under the circumstance, the blood sugar of the mice naturally improved.


For type 2 diabetes caused by diet or obesity, Reishi Mushroom polysaccharides and triterpenoids also have hypoglycemic effects. The reasons can be roughly divided into three areas:
(1) they help reduce the inflammatory response and reduce islet cell casualties.
(2) they help inhibit the decomposition of starch or glycogen and reduce glucose production.
(3) they help promote insulin secretion, increase the sensitivity of cells to insulin (ie, reduce insulin resistance), accelerate the absorption and utilization of glucose by cells, and allow more glucose to enter the cells.
In addition, Ganoderma lucidum also has the effect of stabilizing blood sugar in normal animals.
In other words, Lingzhi can lower the "glycemic index" of food, not only protects islet cells but also prevents diabetes and reduces fat accumulation.