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Red Reishi Mushrooms, also known as lingzhi mushrooms or by their scientific name Ganoderma lucidum, have been used for over 2,000 years in Chinese medicine. Red Reishi Mushrooms were first used in Chinese medicine in during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and information about them appear in classical Chinese medical texts.
Red Reishi Mushrooms 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, and Red Reishi Mushroom Extract has various purported benefits.
Red Reishi Mushroom uses span many areas of health. Studies have shown that Red Reishi Mushroom benefits include the following:
In one study, Red Reishi Mushrooms inhibited four kinds of allergic reactions, including allergic asthma and contact dermatitus, which can come from things like poison oak or nickel-based jewelery.
Red Reishi Mushrooms may help both conjunctivitis and bronchitis, which is inflammation of the outer eyeball/eyelids and the lining of the bronchial tubes, respectively, and can be caused by allergens, viruses, bacteria, or other irritants.
Red Reishi Mushroom Extract has shown to be useful for stiff, sore shoulders and necks, as well as in rheumatism, which is marked by pain and inflammation of the joints, tissues, and muscles.
Overall, Red Reishi Mushroom Extract benefits the immune system without causing any notable side effects.
That may be why in five randomized control trials, chemotherapy patients showed a more positive response to treatment with Red Reishi Mushroom as a complementary adjunct treatment to the chemotherapy. The patients also showed improved immune function.
Additionally, compounds in Red Reishi Mushrooms have been studied for their apoptotic and antiproliferative effect on colon, ovarian, and human carcinoma cells.
Red Reishi Mushroom Extract contains several compounds that lend to its effects. For one, the mushroom synthesizes ganoderic acids which share similar molecular structure to steroids. Other compounds include polysaccharides, notably beta-glucans, and coumarin, mannitol, and alkaloids.
Red Reishi Mushroom Extract also contains fungal immunomodulatory proteins (FIPs), which help bolster the immune system by stimulating certain cells and components that facilitate the immune response. The result of this may include lymphocyte proliferation, initiation of immune cells, tumor inhibition, and the creation of pathways through which the immune response can happen.
Red Reishi Mushrooms, and mushrooms in general, have two main components: mycelium and fruiting bodies. The mycelium is to a mushroom what roots are to a tree. The fruiting body portion of a mushroom is the stem and cap we see above the surface of the growing media.
The whole fruiting body contains the components that are essential to Red Reishi Mushroom benefits, so they are a necessary part of production. The mycelium and subsequent whole fruiting body can be grown on a bed of grain. However, many producers, even the most popular ones, unfortunately only let the mycelium develop to save costs and speed up the process. The mycelium is ground together with the grain and falsely sold as Red Reishi Mushroom Extract.
You can actually test this for yourself. Products produced via this method will contain a high amount of starch due to the grain, which can be tested by mixing the mushroom powder with water and a drop of iodine. A dark blue or purple color indicates high starch levels.
This is why Nootropics Depot has partnered with Nammex to ensure that our customers can buy Red Reishi Mushroom Extract that is authentic and effective. Nammex’s organic, whole fruiting body extracts contain the essential compounds that make Red Reishi Mushrooms helpful to us.
Beta-Glucan (β-Glucan) content: 28%
Contains >2% Triterpenes
Product contains either a 30g or 60g jar of Certified Organic Red Reishi (Lingzhi) 4:1 medicinal mushroom extract powder.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The quality is in the product itself William Dickinson on 30th Dec 2016
I love Nootropics Depot's 1:1 reishi powder. I use it daily, and like the high beta glucan content. I have started to use this more potent extract a couple times a week to get some triterpines. This extract is more bitter, as you would expect from a concentrated resihi extract. I find this 4:1 extract helps my allergies more than the 1:1. I like having the option of using the 1:1 for beta glucans, or the 4:1 for triterpenes. Gabe Lau on 6th Aug 2016