I was visiting one of my favorite superfoods stores and I was about to restock on my Chaga mushroom coffee until something caught my eye. On the shelf beside other herbs was a bag of dehydrated red reishi mushrooms. I know you might be wondering what Chaga is firstly, and have the same question about red reishi, but don’t worry, I will explain the Red Reishi Mushroom Benefits.
I picked up the bag of red reishi mushrooms that were dehydrated and I got to thinking about the red reishi mushroom benefits and wouldn’t they be brilliant if I added them to my bone broth?
My second thought was, why haven’t I seen a recipe before, somewhere online about people using reishi mushrooms in bone broth? This got me to thinking that I bet the reishi mushroom isn’t that well-known in the ketogenic or low-carb community.
I know mushrooms kinda sounds funny because of them being a fungi and we eat regular mushrooms every day, but if you have not heard of the magic of the reishi mushroom, I am about to teach you something that you won’t forget.
What are they?
Mushrooms! Or Fungi to be more accurate.
Reishi mushrooms are what is referred to as the king of all herbs. A medicinal mushroom if you will, natural of course! No funny business over here. The reishi is also referred to as ganoderma lucidum. There are other mushrooms like this in the ganoderma family but today I will focus on Reishi.
Ganoderma Lucidum is a fungus that grows in hot and humid areas in Asia. This mushroom has been used medicinally throughout the East for many years and as a staple in their practicing of medicine.
They vary in sizes and can grow rather large, but firmer than your regular button mushrooms and when you cut inside and dry them, they resemble wood chips. This would be the best way for me to describe them and they even have a woody and sweet licorice flavor as well. The body of the mushroom is where all the magic happens.
The chemical properties within the body of the mushroom are proven to be extremely beneficial in healing your body, fighting against tumors and boosting your immune system. It is one of those natural remedies that once it enters your body it knows what to focus on.
Let me explore that a little further, if you need energy and need to heal fatigue, it will do that for you, but if you need help sleeping, these will help you sleep like a rock. They are quite agile when they enter your body. I personally use them for energy and reducing inflammation.
Red Reishi Mushroom Benefits
There is a lot of research out there on the Reishi Mushroom, some with more backed studies than others. These are the main health benefits that I have researched and have shown up as the most common:
- Boost the immune system
- Anti- Cancer Properties
- Helps fight fatigue & Depression
- Helps control blood sugar
- Antioxidant & Reduces Inflammation
Why I recommend them for a ketogenic diet?
I specifically believe they are a wonderful addition to your supplement regime while on a ketogenic diet for a couple reasons.
- Ability to reduce inflammation & antioxidant properties
- Helps control blood sugar
I’ll explain more, I believe that the properties it has to reduce inflammation is very desirable as we eat a low inflammatory diet. We are all trying to remove inflammation from our bodies and inflammation is often the cause of illness in our bodies and directly linked to weight gain.
Even low-carb foods can cause inflammation in your gut as we often have undiagnosed food sensitivities but also the meat and vegetables we consume have properties in them that cause inflammation in our gut as well. Food is just not as nutrient rich as it once was and because of this, our bodies will continue to suffer.
Adding Reishi mushroom to your daily routine will help reduce that inflammation and calm your digestive system. I can see this also being a direct link to it having anti-cancer properties, however, I am a foodie and I know a lot about healing the body with food but cancer healing is an entirely different topic, so I do encourage you to research more on it. Here is a great article I found that goes into this health benefit in much more detail: Click here to read
I also believe that its ability to control blood sugar is also beneficial for those of us on a ketogenic diet. I have worked with people who regardless of how they eat on a ketogenic diet, getting below 5.0 mmol on their blood glucose is very hard. Often times medications will spike blood glucose as well. Adding Reishi Mushroom to your diet can help with this and the less spike in blood glucose you have, the less spike in cortisol and the healthier your entire system is.
The antioxidant properties are also extremely beneficial on a ketogenic diet because not all fat is equal, I talk about this a little more in my article on inflammation, click here to read. When consuming meat fat, you have to know that fat is where all the toxin in an animal lives. Fat cells protect toxins in the body, so when you consume animal fat, you are consuming toxins, therefore taking supplements to help your body process and eliminate them is very helpful.
There are many Red Reishi mushroom benefits but these are the direct benefit to the ketogenic lifestyle in my opinion.
How do you consume them?
In your bulletproof coffee of course! I’m laughing as I type this as I feel like I say that for everything!
My fatty coffee, which is what I call it versus a bulletproof as I don’t use the signature products, has now changed from the basic fat and coffee to an elixir that I mix up as a hot drink with coffee, mct oils, reishi mushroom and collagen.
You can also add the powder to your protein shake in the morning or add it to straight up water and drink it.
Reishi mushroom also comes in pill form, so you can ingest it this way as well.
My new favorite way to use them is in my bone broth. You had them a couple hours before your broth is done brewing and this is where all the nutrients are taken from the mushroom and are in your broth. I have included my recipe below for bone broth that is brewed with reduction in inflammation, in the gut, in mind.
Have you tried Reishi mushrooms or any of their sister fungi’s? I’d love to hear what you use them for. Please comment below.
Bone Broth Recipe:
- Grass-fed, grass-finished Beef Bones
- 3 turmeric roots, whole, sliced
- 2 ounces ginger, whole, sliced
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp peppercorns
- 2 whole sprigs rosemary
- 1 tsp cloves, whole
- Filtered water to fill to the top of the crock pot
- 1/4 ounce ganoderma lucidum, (red reishi mushroom), whole, dehydrated
- Himalayan sea salt
- Add the bones only to a pot of cold water, add to stove top and heat on high until the water reaches boiling point, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes, strain water and transfer bones to a roasting pan
- Turn over to 450 degrees F, add the roasting pan with bones on it and cook at high temperature for 25-30 minutes, bones should get dark brown, once dark brown, remove from oven
- Transfer roasted bones to a crockpot turned to high heat, including all the drippings and bites on bottom of roasting pan
- Add all remaining ingredients except the salt and red reishi mushrooms
- Cook on medium-high for 12 hours – 24 hours, whatever you prefer, I normally cook overnight
- On the last two hours of cooking time, add in the reishi mushroom and top up with water if needed
- Once finished cooking, strain immediately, add in salt to taste, add in ice cubes to cool the temperature
- Store in fridge and drink throughout the week or separate into glass mason jars and store servings in freezer and remove when needed
- Once cooled, I remove the layer of fat that hardens on top before drinking (you can drink this fat, however, remember that toxins hide in fat, so I prefer to remove this layer before drinking)