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What is Reishi?

First documented roughly 2200 years ago, it is estimated that Reishi has been used as a healing plant for about 4000 years. Reishi is a polypore mushroom; as such, it doesn’t have the lamella on the bottom of the mushroom. Instead Reishi releases its spores through little tubes, like pores. The Reishi mushroom is relatively fast growing, developing from spore into a mature fruiting body within 1 year.

Reishi is extremely rare; as approximately only 3 out of 10.000 fully grown trees, in specific hot and humid climates, will have the power mushroom growing on them. Therefore, throughout history, Reishi’s healing properties were only available to emperors and royalty.

Luckily, Reishi can be cultivated in 3 ways: in liquid tanks (deep layer cultivation), on sawdust, or on a wooden log. Wooden log cultivation will bring superior quality, as it most closely resembles the mushroom’s natural environment. This powerful healing mushroom is now much less prone to environmental changes, like changing weather and pollution; as such, Reishi is now readily available to large groups of people, helping to boost immunity and raise oxygen levels in the blood. Reishi is famous for restoring balance in the body allowing the body to heal itself.

Types of Reishi

There are 6 types of Reishi, Ganoderma, species. The Ganoderma Lucidum, or Red Reishi, is the traditional healing mushroom described in the ancient Taoist texts as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Other Ganoderma species that have therapeutic properties are the G. annulare, G. Resinaceum, G. Tsugae, G. Applanatum (artists conk), and G. Oregonense. However, the traditional Red Reishi is considered the most potent when considering its healing properties.

Reishi: the Sacred Mushroom of Immortality
In traditional Chinese Ling Zhi, Ganoderma lucidium translates into the Sacred Mushroom of Immortality. With its detoxifying properties and qualities as an outstanding adaptogen, red Reishi has been used by shamans and monks throughout history, as the consumption of this powerful botanical led to feelings of peace, tranquillity, and general well-being. Thus, red Reishi is considered a powerful spiritual mushroom, bridging the space between heaven and earth.
The names given to this red power mushroom highlight its powerful health benefits. The Japanese describe it as mannentake; meaning 10.000-year-old mushroom. This emphasises Reishi’s potency as a healing herb to enhance longevity.
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Benefits of Reishi
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Improves sleep
  • Balance mood
  • Antidepressant
  • Antioxidant
  • Antihistamine
  • Lowers glucose / blood sugar levels
  • Improves blood oxygen levels
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Supports liver function


Red Reishi is a superb adaptogenic botanical which has wonderful health benefits. Having been consumed by monks for centuries to reach deeper states of meditation, the monks often reported an effect of enhanced tranquillity. Studies examining reported effects, found that Reishi can improve general mood and overall well-being by improving sleep and easing insomnia, as well as reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue. These effects are due to the presence of adenosine, which has a calming effect on the nervous system; affecting the adrenal glands, especially the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). In combination with the antioxidative and cryoprotective effects, Reishi can mimic the effects of antidepressants.




What makes Reishi a top medicinal mushroom is the variety and quantity of triterpenes and triterpenoiods within the botanical. These bioactive compounds are responsible for Reishi’s distinct bitter taste, indicating its quality. Within these triterpenes, there exists an entire group of ganodermic acids only found in Reishi, which improve liver health by increasing lipid peroxidation. This works through the acids’ wonderful effect on the blood; enabling the cells to produce insulin, restoring cholesterol and triglyceride, resulting in lower levels of blood sugar and blood lipids. Together with the meroterpenoid protein and uridine, they help red blood cells absorb oxygen, increasing oxygen levels in the blood.

Thus, Reishi is considered a powerful blood tonic, boosting overall health and longevity. By improving oxygen levels and circulation, as well as lowering blood sugar levels and lipids, Reishi prevents blood clotting. This makes Reishi an effective agent when improving cardiovascular health and combatting diabetes. Although Reishi may not cure the disease, it will help the body heal itself by strengthening the cells from the inside out.

In addition, when ganodermic acids are synergistically composed with highly nutritional polysaccharides they show an anti-viral effect, inhibiting virus replication by preventing it from uncoating. Reishi also inhibits histamine release, helping to relieve the symptoms of common allergies. The polysaccharides are also anti-oxidative in nature, protecting against free radicals and cell degeneration.

When treating cancer, Reishi is officially considered a medicinal mushroom by the Moscow Cancer Research Institute and Japanese government. Reishi’s triterpenoids, including lucidadiol and ganodermanandiol, have shown significant inhibiting effects on cancer cells and prevents their proliferation and migration. Reishi also seems to impede angiogenesis, stopping the creation of new blood vessels, further inhibiting the spread of cancer, and reducing tumour size.

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Bioactive compounds of Reishi
Reishi is an outstanding medicinal mushroom due to the large quantity and variety of triterpenes and triterpenoids. So far, 150 triterpenes have been identified, including lucidadiol, ganodermanandiol, adenosine, meroterpenoid, and unique ganodermic acids. The combination of these triterpenes and triterpenoids with water-soluble beta-D-Glucans create the polysaccharides that make Reishi such a powerful medicinal mushroom. These polysaccharides, proteins, and peptides (proteoglycans, peptidoglycans, and glycopeptides) saturate this power mushroom with phytonutrients like ergosterol mannitol and coumarin. Importantly, the healing properties of Reishi will be exponentially improved when the supplement contains both extracts of the mycelium as well as the fruiting body.

Reishi side effects
Although no complications or negative side effects have been reported when consuming Reishi, at higher dosages sleepiness can be experienced, due to Reishi’s natural calming effect.
Reishi supplements / capsules
Reishi is traditionally brewed into a soup or tea, and is not an edible mushroom. The quality of Reishi can be discovered in its taste; the more bitter the better, as the bitter taste indicates the high levels of triterpenes and triterpenoids. However, it is advised to take Reishi supplements or capsules when consuming Reishi, as the supplements contain bioactive compounds from both the mycelium and the fruiting body. This combination creates a synergy, increasing the effectiveness of the medicinal mushroom’s healing properties. The synergetic effect is especially true for the hepaprotective and cardiovascular benefits Reishi is known for. Additionally, the quality of Reishi is improved by the methods of cultivation. The highest quality Reishi extracts on the market are the fully grown Reishi mushrooms extracted from wood-log cultivation, using the latest extraction techniques.
Is reishi safe to use?

Reishi is considered safe to use; however, due to its immunomodulation properties, it is not advised to be taken with immune-suppressants. For women who are pregnant, or breastfeeding, it is not advised to consume Reishi supplements, as there is limited research available so far. It is always advised to discuss taking any Reishi supplement with your GP or health professional if you have any medical conditions.

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