Ask Roe June Blog Series – Phytonutrients


June 7, 2018

Red Reishi Mushroom Powder



Red Reishi Mushrooms are a phytonutrient:




plural noun: phytonutrients

  1. a substance found in certain plants which is believed to be beneficial to human health and help prevent various diseases.


For thousands of years many Asian cultures have enjoyed the benefits of Red Reishi Mushroom Powder. Also known in China as  Ling-hzi Mushroom, this particular variety is consumed for its medicinal and pharmaceutical properties, and due to it’s very bitter taste, it is  not eaten on it’s own, but is a great addition to your everyday foods. *I add ½ tsp to my morning coffee.


In Ayurvedic Kitchen Pharmacy bitter is one of the 6 tastes of food for optimal nutrition. Along with sweet, sour, salty, pungent and astringent, these tastes help keep us balanced and in good health.

These 6 tastes are supposed to be consumed everyday, and help to keep us balanced. According to Ayurveda, the goal is prevention of illness, but if such an illness occurs, the issue is treated on an individual basis, rather than a general treatment, as we find in Western Medicine.

Illness prevention has always played an important role in my  own life, as I’ve never enjoyed doctor visits and still to this day, try to treat my body in such a way that it is not a welcoming environment to many illnesses.

My Autoimmune issue of Fibromyalgia and my Endocrine illness of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are managed as holistically as possible. I always leave room for western medicine, because for me, my blend of the two modalities works wonders for my optimal health.

The more I’ve brought phytonutrients into my life, the healthier I have become.


The Red Reishi Mushroom, and it’s powder, are considered important to the longevity of the body.

Benefits Include:

Anti-inflammatory – as in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, reduced inflammation in the lungs due to asthma, and can reduce inflammation in the eyes, caused by conjunctivitis.

Red Reishi protects the blood from oxidative damage, which is exposure to high concentration of oxygen free radicals, mostly in the air, that affect our, skin, our organs, and our bloodstream. Oxygen free radicals are atoms with an uneven number of electrons; once these free radicals are formed, they are highly reactive and cause many  cells to die or function improperly and poorly, when they react with DNA.

The Good News; this damage can be undone. Antioxidants, and phytonutrients can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction affect the free radicals have on the molecules, ensuring no further damage.


Red Reishi Mushroom can help alleviate many ailments The studies conducted in the US, UK, Japan and China, found that Red Reshi Mushrooms have the capability to offer protection against various diseases and illnesses, including:

Fatigue – including chronic fatigue syndrome

Frequent Infections – UTI, upper respiratory, bronchitis


Liver DIsease

Digestive Problems – ulcers, leaky gut syndrome

Autoimmune – Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s & Addison Diseases.

Viruses caused by HIV/AIDS, flu or hepatitis.

Skin Disorders – acne, cystic acne


Heart Disease, Hypertension & High Cholesterol


Anxiety & Depression

Sleep Disorders – narcolepsy and insomnia


Red Reishi Mushroom works as an immune modulator, the Red Reishi brings the body back to homeostasis.




  1. the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

This process regulates the activity of the immune system and restores hormonal balance to the body. The endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive and central nervous system all benefit from this completely non-toxic phytonutrient.  Red Reishi mushroom contains a sugar called beta-glucans that can act as a precursor to hormones in the body, and fight cancers, tumors, and allergic reactions.

Red Reishi Mushroom is considered an adaptogen- herb, which helps us deal with the negative effects of stress, including depleted energy levels.

The mind, body, spirit modulations we encounter during times of stress lead to a multitude of health issues. According to Ayurveda, all illness begins in the ethereal body, and works its way through the physical body. Red Reishi Mushroom can help to combat the illness in the ethereal body, before it begins to exist within the physical body. In the world today, we can choose to help ourselves, we can choose phytonutrients for preventative as well as repairative healing methods for the body.

*note, please consult a medical doctor if any symptoms to any health issues persist.

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Published by Roseanne Carlo

Founder at Gypsy Tribe Westchester 69 Westchester Ave Pound Ridge, NY 10576

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