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Reishi contains polysaccharides, specifically a type called beta-glucans, which have been studied to support your immune system and promote healthy cell growth and turnover and is just one of 8 functional mushrooms in our tasty Daily 8 Mushroom Immunity Boost Superfood Powder.
Inside the Shroom
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Reishi is a member of Ganoderma, a genus of more than 300 species of wood-decaying fungi in the family Ganodermataceae (order Polyporales). Ganoderma are widely distributed, shelflike or knoblike fungi that feed either as saprobes on dead wood or as parasites on the live wood of hardwood trees, conifers, or palms. While some species are host-specific, most have a fairly broad range of hosts, and a number are economically significant plant pathogens.
Reishi (Lingzhi) has been recognized as a medicinal mushroom for over 2000 years, and its powerful effects have been documented in ancient scripts.
Reishi was attributed with therapeutic properties, such as tonifying effects, enhancing vital energy, strengthening cardiac function, increasing memory, and anti aging effects. According to the State Pharmacopeia of the People’s Republic of China (2000), G. lucidum acts to replenish Qi, ease the mind, and relieve cough and asthma, and it is recommended for dizziness, insomnia, palpitation, and shortness of breath.
In the wild, reishi grows at the base and stumps of deciduous trees, especially that of the maple. Only two or three out of 10,000 such aged trees will have reishi growth, and therefore it is extremely rare in its natural form. Different members of the Ganoderma genus need different conditions for growth and cultivation. Since the early 1970s, cultivation of G. lucidum has become a major source of the mushroom. Artificial cultivation of G. lucidum has been achieved using substrates such as grain, sawdust, wood logs, and cork residues.
Lingzhi (Reishi), Ganoderma lingzhi, also known as reishi, is a polypore fungus (“bracket fungus”) belonging to the genus Ganoderma.
Its reddish brown varnished kidney-shaped cap with bands and peripherally inserted stem gives it a distinct fan-like appearance. When fresh, the lingzhi is soft, cork-like, and flat. It lacks gills on its underside, and instead releases its spores via fine pores.
The Japanese word reishi (霊芝) is a Sino-Japanese loanword deriving from the Chinese língzhī (灵芝; 靈芝). Its modern Japanese kanji, 霊, is the shinjitai (“new character form”) of the kyūjitai (“old character form”), 靈. Synonyms for reishi are divided between Sino-Japanese borrowings and native Japanese coinages.
Turkey Tail Benefits*
Reishi mushrooms are great for stimulating the immune system and liver function, producing an anti-inflammatory effect in the body, and have even been shown to reduce tumor growth.
The reishi mushroom was first discovered by Chinese healers more than 2,000 years ago in the Changbai Mountains.Healers believed that the reishi mushroom had potent anti-aging properties, and it has long been used as a talisman of luck, healing, and wellness in Chinese culture.
Other Potential Turkey Tail Benefits*:
- Alleviate fatigue
- Lower blood pressure
- Bolster your immune system
- Improve liver function
- Mitigate environmental allergic reactions
Our Reishi Source:
Our mushrooms are sourced from Organic Mushroom Farms in Utah. They are naturally potent because they grow them in their optimal conditions on their preferred log and harvested about every 12 months so they reach full potency and peak medicinal properties.
Ganoderma lucidum aka Reishi, an oriental fungus, has a long history of use for promoting health and longevity in China, Japan, and other Asian countries. It is a large, dark mushroom with a glossy exterior and a woody texture. G. lucidum is called lingzhi, whereas in Japan the name for the Ganodermataceae family is reishi or mannentake.
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