ganoderma lucidum - reishi

Ganoderma lucidum - Medicinal mushroom

Ganoderma lucidum, Chinese name Ling Zhi, called Reishi in Japan, is a type of mushroom known in the Far East for more than 4,000 years for its effectiveness in treating. Ganoderma Lucidum is its botanical name. Both Gano and derma are derived from Greek where Gano means shiny and Derma means skin. So, naturally ganoderma lucidum mushroom has a bright shiny appearance. In some cases, Ganoderma lucidum is treated as "miracle mushroom" due to historical events in ancient China that mentioned Ganoderma lucidum ability to attain immortality.

Ganoderma lucidum differs from the supermarket varieties in that its texture is similar to wood. In traditional Chinese medicine, Ganoderma lucidum is in the most highly rated herb category in terms of multiple benefit and absence of side effects. It is the only known source of a group of triterpenes known as ganoderic acids, which have a molecular structure similar to steroid hormones. It has the most active polysaccharides (long "chains" of sugars) among medicinal plant sources. Ganoderma lucidum also contains ergosterols, complete proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

Wild Ganoderma lucidum is scarce and suffers from adverse environmental conditions such as insect infestation, lack of proper nutrients, non-optimum temperatures, and lack of humidity. The timing of the harvest cannot be controlled, and the mature Ganoderma lucidum has already lost most of its digestible active ingredients.


The Ganoderma History

In China, for over 2,000 years, the mushroom known as Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) has been called “God’s Herb”. Also recognized by its Chinese name, Ling Zhi, Reishi’s reputation for being effective in treating a wide range of ailments moved Chinese Emperors throughout the various Dynasties to order servants to search for wild Ganoderma lucidum mushrooms found atop distant mountains, believing that the consumption of Ganoderma lucidum would grant them eternal youth and enhanced health. Because of the mushroom’s remote habitat and the scarcity of high-quality specimens, the use of Ganoderma lucidum for medicinal purposes was reserved primarily for royalty and wealthy individuals. It was not until the late 20th century, that this once-rare plant, through diligent cultivation by the Japanese, was it made widely available to the general public... Read More



What is Ganoderma lucidum

Ganoderma lucidum a family of more than 200 mushroom species, are good for our health.

Ganoderma lucidum is one of the most beautiful mushrooms in the world. When very young its varnished surface is red, bright yellow, and white. Later the white and yellow shades disappear, but the resulting varnished, reddish to reddish brown surface is still quite beautiful and distinctive. The 6 different types of Ganoderma lucidum differentiated by color: red, purple, blue, yellow, black, white). While Ganoderma lucidum is annual and does not actually grow more each year like some perennial polypores, its fruiting body is quite tough and can last for months. Ganoderma lucidum, Chinese name Ling Zhi, called Reishi in Japan, is a type of mushroom known in the Far East for more than 2.000 years for its effectiveness in treating. In some cases, Ganoderma lucidum is treated as "miracle mushroom" due to historical events in ancient China that mentioned Ganoderma lucidum ability to attain immortality... Read More


Ganoderma Lucidum (Red Reishi) - Description

Synonyms: Ganoderme laque, Ganoderme luisant, Glanzender Lackporling, Lacquered Bracket, Polypore lucide

Location: North America, Europe, Asia

Edibility: Not edible Read More

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Medicinal mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms are mushrooms used in the practice of medicine. Many species of mushrooms have been used in folk medicine for thousands of years and is best documented in the East. Medicinal mushrooms are now being studied by many ethno botanists and medical researchers. The ability of some of these mushrooms to inhibit tumor growth and enhance aspects of the immune system has been a subject of research for approximately the past 50 years. Preclinical studies suggest that compounds from up to 200 species of mushrooms may inhibit or slow down tumor growth, but required dosage and effects on humans is mostly unknown... Read More


Ganoderma Lucidum Coffee

Coffee is a widely used dark and bitter drink made from the roasted seeds or beans of the coffee plant. It contains caffeine – an addictive chemical. Coffee with caffeine may contain both health benefits and health risks. It makes people feel more mentally and physically alert, and increases body coordination. But, apparent alertness means an increase in the heart rate, blood pressure and basal metabolic rate. Therefore, according to some clinical nutritionists, excessive intakes and long term use of coffee may leave harmful effects such as irritating effect on gastric mucosa, liver function disorders, nausea and vomiting, restlessness, anxiety, depression, tremors, and sleeplessness, nutritional deficiencies and the exhaustion of key organs like the liver, pancreas and adrenal glands as a result of repeated stimulation...

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Ganoderma lucidum Spores

G. lucidum spores refer to powder that a ripe ganoderma mushroom releases. This powder which consists of small seeds contains wonderful curative properties and is the essence of ganoderma lucidum mushroom. It has more curative powers than the body of g. lucidum. Spores can not be taken and digested in their original or raw form because of tough spore shell. It is necessary to remove the outer covering of the spores. Therefore, the hard shell is removed through a chromatographic process. Then, they are packed after undergoing a purification and sterilization process. During all this process, very low temperature is maintained to keep the high curative properties of the spores intact. Polysaccharides, organic germanium, triterpenes and superoxide dismutase are the four main curative components of ganoderma lucidum spores ... Read More


Ganoderma Extract

Ganoderma extract is the most concentrated, and highest-grade preparation of the mushroom, providing the upmost bioavailablity for human intake. Hopefully, now understanding the process and components of the mushroom, it is clear why ganoderma mushroom extract is the most effective method of medicinal supplementation. Ganoderma extract is the concentrated essence from ganoderma lucidum. Throughout history there has been many different forms of preparation, ranging from ground powders to teas and broths.  In more recent years, it has been discovered and scientifically proven that G. lucidum extract harbors the highest amount of digestible nutrients
There are two popular ways of preparing your mushrooms- Powdered or hot water extracted, also noted as spray-dried.  If you see powdered or ground on your mushroom label, you are getting ground mushroom and what it was growing on.  No big deal?  Well, The polysaccharides that contain the beta glucans, the immuno-modulating compounds that define a mushroom as medicinal, are found inside the cell walls, and they are completely surrounded by an indigestible fiber called “chitin”.  Chitin is what lobster and crab shells are made from and our digestive system cannot break it down... Read More


Health Benefits of Ganoderma lucidum Mushrooms

Ganoderma Lucidum is one of the most highly regarded medicinal supplements and is probably the best choice when looking for a general health tonic to improve overall health and increase longevity. Modern clinical research about Ganoderma lucidum also supports many of the uses for this mushroom as described in traditional medicine. Long term use of Lingzhi can help normalize body function and empower the immune system to fight disease. It is not merely a medicinal mushroom that heals diseases such as cancer, but is considered to be an adaptogen, that is it helps to regulate and mobilize all bodily functions... Read More



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