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Reishi Mushroom Extract

Rob (PHH)

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Reishi mushrooms are a popular fungus used in Eastern medicine. Reishi mushrooms have previously been found to contain properties that boost the immune system, have anti-cancer properties, and may fight fatigue and depression. Furthermore reishi mushrooms might benefit heart health and blood sugar control however more research is needed to confirm.

Key insights:

  • The in vitro (mouse liver and prostate tissue) evidence suggests that reishi mushroom extract can reduce DHT through inhibition of type 1 and type 2 5α-reductase; however, this has not been reproduced in human tissue.
  • The in vivo (in mice) evidence suggests that reishi mushroom extract was able to reduce 5α-reductase ability in testosterone-treated mice. However, it did not significantly enhance hair length over the course of the study.
  • The half life of reishi mushroom is 40 minutes, to bypass this rapid elimination it is best to apply it topically.
  • There have been no clinical studies to show any effect of reishi mushroom on hair loss.
  • Our experience tracking members: Reishi mushroom by itself is not enough to improve hair loss outcomes
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