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Red Reishi, or Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum), is a polypore mushroom that is soft, corky, and flat; with a conspicuous red-varnished, kidney-shaped cap and, depending on specimen age, white to dull brown pores underneath. The Lingzhi mushroom was first used by the Chinese in the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE), and has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine. It was written about extensively in Chinese classical texts.
Ganoderma lucidum it also contains other compounds often found in fungal materials, including polysaccharides (such as beta-glucan), coumarin, mannitol, and alkaloids.
Nootropics Depot has partnered with Nammex to offer these certified Organic whole fruiting body extracts, with not only testing to verify the percentage of active beta glucans, but verification that starch content is low, and that there are no pesticide residues. One of the biggest controversies in the mushroom industry today is the use of mycelium on grain extracts. Mycelium is to a mushroom like what roots are to a tree. When grown properly, they will form whole fruiting bodies; which are called mushrooms. However, to save money, most US producers of mushroom extracts today grow the mycelium on a bed of grain, like rice. To speed up production, and to make the end product cheaper to produce, these manufacturers grind up the mycelium and grain together, before allowing them to form whole fruiting bodies. The issue with that is that mycelium is not a mushroom, just like the roots of a tree are not a tree. The beneficial compounds in these mushroom species are all studied with relation to their fruiting bodies. The FDA even states that mycelium is not allowed to be called "mushrooms." However, many of the biggest brands today thwart that FDA guideline, and put out a cheaply-made, mislabeled, and ultimately inneffective products. They hide this fact by standardizing to "polysaccharides" instead of "β-Glucans." Well guess what shows up as polysaccharides in the traditional testing? Carbohydrates! Yes, the very carbohydrates from the rice used to grow the mycelium is used as a measure of the active ingredient in these substandard extracts. When you are buying one of the major mushroom extracts on store shelves today, you are buying a bunch of ground up rice mixed in with mycelium! It's a scam! This is why we decided to partner with Nammex. We are selling only certified Organic whole fruiting body extracts, which have been tested for not only the active β-Glucans, but to ensure the starch content is low; to prove what you are getting is actual mushroom, not ground up rice. You will know right away how big of a difference it is. You can even go to the store right now, and pick out one of the major mushroom brands. Mix the "mushroom" powder into some water, and ad a drop of iodine. It will quickly turn a dark purple/blue, indicating high amounts of starch. You'll immediately see how big of a scam it is, and just how many "trusted" brands are in on it!
Beta-Glugan (β-Glucan) minimum content: 35%
As a dietary supplement, take 1000mg of Red Reishi Mushroom Extract once daily.
Did you know not all Red Reishi mushroom extracts are made the same? To learn more about the differences between our 1:1 and 8:1 Red Reishi extracts, check out our blog here.
Nootropics Depot offers 30g or 60g jars of certified organic Red Reishi Whole Fruiting Body Mushroom Extract. Nootropics Depot's Red Reishi mushroom extract powder has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
To learn more, read the Red Reishi mushroom reviews and experiences below.
You may also be interested in Red Reishi Mushroom Extract Capsules.
*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.
This supplement seems to work fairly well for inflammation. It took a few days to build up, but it has been great. I imagine it helps with the immune system as well. I am happy with this company and product, though I have not tried anything beyond the fresh mushrooms. Paul on 5th Aug 2018
Wow. This has become an instant classic in my sleep stack. I'll take 250mg Reishi about 4 hours before bed to calm me down and sort of preset me for sleepy time and another 250mg alongside 300mcg Melatonin about 30 minutes before my scheduled bedtime. This is powerful stuff with immediately noticeable effects. It won't necessarily knock you out and force you to sleep, but it will make you relax in such a way that you'll be able and willing to put yourself to sleep. I haven't tried a higher dose but at this dose I don't experience any sort of "sleep hangover". Actually, I wake up so refreshed the next morning that I feel I'm missing out on days when I didn't take the Reishi the night before. Unknown on 23rd Jul 2018
A great reishi product with which I have a growing affinity. I have used reishi for months & this particular kind for two months, & I appreciate that it has helped me grow physically stronger with more mind-body cohesion. I sometimes mix it into recipes for my family, particularly when stressors are running high, & I notice a positive result for them as well. tobbe on 18th Sep 2017
I've been trying reishi from a number of different sources for around a year. This extract is my favorite. It is not as bitter as some more potent extracts, but has a much higher beta glucan amount. I just got nootropic depots 4:1, which is much more bitter and higher in tritepenes. So that is good for a couple days a week. But I really like using this extract for daily use. My current schedule is this extract every day, then the 4:1 two to three times per week. I'll have to try out some of the other mushroom extracts. If they are as good as the reishi I will be a happy person. Gabe Lau on 6th Aug 2016
I'm just glad to have a real reishi extract. Please keep this the same ND. Runs your immune system. Reduces irritability. Increases wisdom over the long term. Best used everyday. Mark on 29th Jun 2016
I started taking this along with the Lion's Mane extract (also from ND) about 3 days ago. The effects are subtle, but the way I would describe it is it makes me feel a bit more "normalized." It feels like my mood is more productive and stable with a tendency to be more positive.
I have known for a long time the health benefits of mushrooms, but for some reason I never committed to a supplement form for them. I've made reishi tea from whole reishi caps, and I had great results but it wasn't very cost effective. I am very satisfied with Nootropics Depot's mushroom extracts. I also take their Cordyceps extract as well. You can actually taste the mushroom in these extracts. The powder is absolutely high quality and pure. I'm very thankful for ND for offering a line of mushrooms. Phil on 27th Jun 2016