At the beginning of this year 2017, a clinical study on the use of reishi as a protector of the liver and its use for fatty liver problems has been published in the journal of Pharmaceutical biology1.
The study was carried out with 42 people who consumed the equivalent of 2 grams of microground pure reishi for 6 months.
The people that had Ganoderma lucidum found reduced their hepatic marker enzymes (glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) and glutamic-pyruvic transaminase GPT) and substantially improved their total antioxidant capacity, total thiols, and glutathione content in plasma, compared to placebo.
In addition, the abdominal ultrasound examination showed that the people who had a significant hepatic alteration before the treatment and consumed reishi afterwards reversed their mild fatty liver condition to normal condition, something never clinically seen for any pharmaceutical or natural product to date (such as milk thistle, artichoke, dandelion, etc.).
Nowadays the reishi is the only product that has clinically proved its properties for fatty liver.
The results of the research show the antioxidant, anti-aging and hepatoprotective nature of reishi.
COMMENTS: Considering that there is no specific treatment for the problem of fatty liver (nonalcoholic) at present, the fact of including reishi in the diet together with the specifications determined by the health specialist, such as not consuming alcohol, reducing cholesterol levels, weight loss, etc., could be a very valid option. But do not forget that reishi is only a food and that the indications given by your specialist are above all else.
1 Chiu, H. F., Fu, H. Y., Lu, Y. Y., Han, Y. C., Shen, Y. C., Venkatakrishnan, K., . . . Wang, C. K. (2017). Triterpenoids and polysaccharide peptides-enriched Ganoderma lucidum: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study of its antioxidation and hepatoprotective efficacy in healthy volunteers. Pharm Biol, 55(1), 1041-1046. doi: 10.1080/13880209.2017.1288750