Reap the Benefits of Reishi Mushroom in 3 Ways

There are many benefits of reishi mushroom that you can receive by growing your own, foraging in the wild, or using our extract products

Reishi is an interesting and storied mushroom found in various parts of the world. Today we are looking at some of the main benefits of reishi mushroom, in addition to options for growing it and consuming it at your home. Reishi has a long history of use in Japan and China and is extremely popular in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formulas.

Learn about the benefits of reishi mushroom

According to Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition, “Polysaccharides, peptidoglycans, and triterpenes are three major physiologically active constituents in G. lucidum”. These three constituents are great examples of the benefits of reishi mushroom. Let’s get a little deeper into each of these constituents. First, let’s look at polysaccharides. The polysaccharides that are unique to mushrooms and provide many of the benefits are beta-glucans, specifically 1,3 1,6 beta-glucans. Alpha glucans are also polysaccharides but are not unique to mushrooms and do not provide the same benefits. After researching on the Healthcare Information Directory, one can find a few major benefits of polysaccharides from a health standpoint, including:
  • Supporting healthy blood sugar levels
  • Promoting cardiovascular health
  • Preventing degenerative diseases like heart disease
  • Supporting the immune system
  • Improves liver function
  • Improves digestion and intestinal health
  • Relieves fatigue
Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition concludes with an interesting observation. It discusses reishi, its usage and growing interest among global users, and it states that there is “data that support its positive health benefits, including anticancer effects; blood glucose regulation; antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral effects; and protection against liver and gastric injury.” The study continues by noting that many of the studies that have shown these results were conducted on animals or in cell-culture models. The results of one clinical trail including 2,000 patients suffering from chronic bronchitis who had been treated with G. lucidum tablets for 2 weeks, showed an improvement of the clinical picture in about 60%–90% of patients (Chang and But, 1986). Another study found Anti-Tumor Effects of Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) in Inflammatory Breast Cancer in In Vivo and In Vitro Models. "Our findings are the first to show that Reishi downregulates the expression of PI3K/AKT/mTOR and also MAPK pathway effector genes and proteins in vitro and in vivo, and it significantly reduces IBC tumor growth and weight. The current results suggest that Reishi is a potential novel chemoprevention and treatment agent for IBC and other malignancies that are mTOR driven."

Grow your own to experience the benefits of reishi mushroom firsthand

You can grow your own reishi mushrooms with a reishi mushroom grow kit. Reishi mushrooms are not necessarily the first mushroom that comes to mind with home mushroom cultivation, but it is an option! Reishi can often be found in abundance in certain parts of the country, but they aren’t always found everywhere and not everyone has the ability to go foraging as desired. This is why reishi growing kits are available. These kits will also grow differently from reishis in the wild. They will begin growing with an antler stage, so they look quite different from reishis you may have found out in the forest. This reishi mushroom growing kit begins with the antler phase and then the mushroom morphs from the antler shape to the conch shape during growth. Many times this happens when the mushroom is in a higher CO2 and lower light environment. If you have used the other growing kits we provide, then you will recognize this mushroom is growing very differently from the others. With one of our reishi growing kits you do not have to forage this wonderful mushroom. This is perfect for those living in areas where it’s difficult to find reishi in the wild. It is also great for getting fresh reishi during the winter when the mushroom is past prime and not available fresh. Reishi is not typically eaten but it is used to make medicinal teas and tinctures. Other ways to grow reishi mushrooms include plug spawn, sawdust spawn, and grain spawn. The reishi spawn we provide is Ganoderma lucidum, which is best grown on sugar maple but will also do well on oak, red maples, and sweet gum trees. Here’s a quick rundown of the spawn type that would be best for you. Reishi mushroom plug spawn: If you want to inoculate a few sugar maple logs on your property, then plug spawn would be your best bet. Reishi mushroom sawdust spawn: Have any oak or red maple stumps on your property? You could easily turn them into totems with the use of some sawdust spawn. You can also use sawdust spawn for inoculating larger amounts of logs, or inoculating hardwood sawdust. Reishi mushroom grain spawn: Interested in using supplemented hardwood sawdust indoors? Grain spawn is a great option for you.

The benefits of reishi mushroom can be experienced in extract form, too

Our reishi mushroom extract is different from other reishi supplements you’ll find in the market. We only use foraged fruiting bodies, mainly from ganoderma tsugae. There are other reishi mushroom supplements on the market that are mycelium-based products which are grown on grain. Growing reishi on grain is good for consumption, but the efficacy of its medicinal benefits as a supplement are questionable. Furthermore, these tinctures are created using a triple extraction process that includes alcohol, and both hot and cold water. Some medicinal constituents from reishi are extracted only in water, while other healthful constituents are only extracted in alcohol. Using this triple extraction method is our attempt to get the most amount of constituencies in available liquid form for our customers.

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