From the Vendor: Red Reishi Mushrooms, also known as lingzhi mushrooms or by their scientific name Ganoderma lucidum, have a striking flat, red-varnished cap shaped similar to a kidney or clamshell, with white or brown pores on the underside. These soft and corky mushrooms have a long history and intriguing appearance.
Red Reishi Mushrooms have been used for over 2,000 years in Chinese medicine. Ganoderma lucidum mushrooms were first used in Chinese medicine in during the Han Dynasty around 206 BC-220 AD. Information about red reishi mushrooms appears in classical Chinese medical texts. Red Reishi Mushroom Extract has been studied for years and has been found to have various purported red reishi benefits. Red Reishi Mushroom Extract contains several compounds that lend to its effects including fungal immunomodulatory proteins (FIPs) and ganoderic acids. Other compounds include polysaccharides such as coumarin, mannitol, alkaloids, and most notably beta-glucans. Some studies found that some red reishi benefits can extend to immune and respiratory health.
Ganoderma lucidum Benefits and Uses
May help promote respiratory health
May help support cognitive health
May help promote healthy immune system response
May help support cardiovascular function
Function and Constituents of Red Reishi Mushroom Extract
Red Reishi Mushroom uses span many areas of health. Studies have shown that Red Reishi benefits can be credited to several compounds. For one, the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom synthesizes ganoderic acids which share similar molecular structure to steroids. Other compounds include polysaccharides, notably beta-glucans, coumarin, mannitol, and alkaloids.
All these compounds have been found to provide various Red Reishi health benefits individually. Red Reishi Mushroom also contains fungal immunomodulatory proteins (FIPs), which help support the immune system by stimulating certain cells and components that facilitate the immune response.
What is 8:1 extract?
We offer both a 1:1 and 8:1 extract of Red Reishi mushroom powder. The 1:1 Red Reishi mushroom extract powder is mixed with hot water to break down the chitin. Chitin is what makes up the red reishi cell walls. Breaking down chitin makes the red reishi mushroom powder more bioavailable. Additionally, none of the starting material is discarded, making the Red reishi 1:1 extract a full spectrum red reishi mushroom extract powder that is high in beta glucans. Red reishi mushroom also contains triterpenoids which tend to carry more immune-modulating and cognitive promoting benefits. Triterpenoids are ethanol soluble while the beta glucans are not. Our red reishi 8:1 extract uses an ethanol extraction method to create a highly potent triterpenoid red reishi mushroom extract powder.
We start with a 16:1 red reishi extract which carries some of the highest triterpenoid levels possible. Yet, since beta glucans are not soluble in ethanol we see lower beta glucan levels with a 16:1 red reishi mushroom extract. To get the best of both worlds, we mixed the 16:1 red reishi mushroom extract powder with the 1:1 red reishi mushroom extract powder to add beta glucans back in, creating a red reishi 8:1 extract. The best part about the 8:1 red reishi mushroom extract is the high beta glucan levels AND high triterpenoid levels.
This means that the 8:1 red reishi extract is more likely to have more immune system and cognitive promoting benefits. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the 8:1 red reishi extract has more calming effects whereas the calming effects in the 1:1 red reishi extract are less intense. This makes the 8:1 extract the best option for those looking for a good balance of general red reishi health benefits and cognitive benefits.