Mushroom Science Reishi Super Strength (Ganoderma lucidum)
Called the mushroom of immortality in ancient China, Reishi is the most revered herb in all of Classical Chinese and Japanese medicine. Used daily as a tonic in ancient China and Japan, modern research has focused on the use of Reishi extracts for immune support and supporting liver health.
Reishi mushroom extracts are frequently used by mountain climbers to combat altitude sickness and are contained in many of the performance enhancing herbal formulas used by Chinese athletes.
Reishi Super Strength extract is the most potent Reishi supplement available in North America, and Mushroom Science takes a number of steps to ensure this is the case.
Because the levels of active compounds in Reishi mushrooms can vary significantly from strain to strain within the species, the scientists and herbalists at MushroomScience developed a proprietary strain of Reishi that delivers significant and consistent levels of all the active compounds, including the triterpenes that support liver health.
Mushroom Science's organic Reishi mushrooms are also grown on solid wood, not rice. Growing Reishi mushrooms in their natural environment allows them to produce an extract of unmatched quality.
Mushroom Science also uses a two-step extraction process; first hot water extraction to extract the beta glucans, and then a second step using ethanol and hot water together to extract the triterpenes, guaranteeing that we capture all the active compounds needed to deliver the health benefits Reishi is famous.
This may be why MushroomScience is the only mushroom company in North America that lists guaranteed levels of active compounds on every supplement label.
The Reishi Mushroom in History
The Reishi mushroom is one of the most revered herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Now known as Ling zhi in China, there are references to its use in that country as far back as 100 BC, where it was referred to as the "Herb of Spiritual Potency" and the "Ten-thousand Year Mushroom". It is the premier longevity herb of ancient China.
The focus of TCM is on actively promoting good health and the prevention of health problems. Reishi is one of the most highly regarded herbs in TCM for this purpose and the mushroom most often used as a general health tonic.
Modern clinical research also supports many of the uses for this mushroom as described in TCM. It benefits immune health and liver function. Reishi mushroom extracts are frequently used by mountain climbers to combat altitude sickness and are contained in many of the performance enhancing herbal formulas used by Chinese athletes.
Reishi Traditional Use and Preparation
Reishi is mild and warming in nature, with a bitter taste. In TCM it is used to nourish, tonify, remove toxins and disperse accumulation. It is used as a tonic for symptoms of weakness or debility and as a sedative for dizziness and insomnia. All available references from TCM have Reishi prepared as a hot-water extraction/decoction.
Hot Water Extracted: Dr. Mark Stengler N.D., in his recent book, The Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms, made the observation that all of the independent scientific studies on medicinal mushrooms are based on the use of hot water extracts. All of the references from Traditional Chinese Medicine also recommend hot water extraction when preparing medicinal mushrooms. There are two main factors involved:
Bioavailability - The immune-supporting polysaccharides common to all medicinal mushrooms and mushroom mycelium are found inside of the cell walls. However, the cell walls are made from an indigestible fiber called "chitin", the same material a lobster shell is made of. Hot water extraction is the only clinically validated method for breaking these polysaccharides out of the indigestible cell walls. Even soft mushrooms like shiitake are prepared as a hot water extract or a tea when used medicinally.
Concentration - The immune supporting polysaccharides found in the cell walls of mushrooms and mushroom mycelium comprise only 0.5-2% of the total mass by dry weight (depending on the mushroom), not enough to have effect even if they were bioavailable. Most hot water mushroom/mycelium extracts are at least a 20:1 concentration. Hot water extraction dissolves the indigestible fiber (chitin), allowing the fiber to be removed from the extract when the water is removed. This process concentrates the polysaccharides to the effective levels identified in the published research.
Hot water extracts (dehydrated) are 50-80 times more potent than tinctures (cold water extracts) or mycelium biomass.
4% Triterpenes (Ganoderic Acids)
12% beta glucan (Polysaccharides: 1-3 linked proteoglycans extracted from the cell walls).
Each bottle contains 90 vegetarian capsules, 400 mg per capsule.
Suggested Use: 1-3 capsules twice daily, AM and PM, or more as recommended by your health care professional. Take on an empty stomach.
About Mushroom Science
The staff at Mushroom Science are dedicated to providing their customers with the highest quality medicinal mushroom products possible. A commitment to good health allows no less.
- • MushroomScience grows their own certified all natural mushrooms, on chemical-free wood, the way nature intended.
- • Every extract is carefully prepared, capturing the complete essence of what made these medicinal mushrooms valuable in the ancient herbal traditions of Japan and China.
While medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in Traditional East Asian Medicine, rigorous scientific testing on the use of these mushrooms has been conducted only in the past thirty years. However, those thirty years of research have produced a wealth of information. They find that on all of the important points, science supports the preparation and use of medicinal all-natural mushrooms as described in the texts on Traditional Chinese Medicine.
This knowledge, a point of convergence between the clinical traditions of East and West, is the foundation of their approach to quality, and guides every step of their manufacturing and quality control process. It is your guarantee that you are purchasing a quality medicinal mushroom product specifically formulated to deliver the active constituents unique to each mushroom.