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 immune health
May help promote cognitive function
What is Whole Fruiting Body?
You may see that we have a few different versions of extract ratios on some of our mushroom products. Whole fruiting body means that the red reishi mushroom extract is made from the actual mushroom that grows above the ground. Our whole fruiting body extract is created by treating the mushroom fruit body material with hot water to break down the cell walls of the mushroom.
The cell walls are made of chitin, a firm material that keeps active components of the mushroom trapped inside. Chitin acts as a protective outer layer of the cell, keeping all the beneficial components like beta glucans stuck inside. Breaking down these cell walls enhances the overall bioavailability of beta glucans by freeing them from the cells, allowing them to be more easily absorbed.
All of the raw red reishi mushroom is processed with hot water, dried out and made into a powder. Additionally, none of the starting material is discarded, making the 1:1 red reishi mushroom powder a full spectrum extract that provides all the beneficial compounds in the ganoderma lucidum mushroom. Think of all our 1:1 mushroom extracts as whole mushrooms turned into a powder, except the chitin is broken down to make the beneficial components of the mushrooms more bioavailable. Since none of the initial mushroom material is lost, the beta-glucan content is very high. This means that with the full spectrum red reishi mushroom extract you will be getting every beneficial compound within the ganoderma lucidum mushroom.