What is Ganoderma lucidum?
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 Benefits and Uses
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%
Ganoderma Lucidum Dosage
As a dietary supplement, take 1000mg of Red Reishi Mushroom Extract once daily.
Comparing Red Reishi Extracts
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.
Where to Buy Red Reishi Mushroom Extract?
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.
For more information, see the Examine article or the Wikipedia article on Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum).
You may also be interested in Red Reishi Mushroom Extract Capsules.
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