Reishi mushroom - Ganoderma lucidum and other related species has been revered since the dawn of modern culture. Reishi has been recognized as a medicinal mushroom for over 2000 years, and its powerful effects have been documented in many ancient manuscripts. Reishi was referred to as the ‘divine protector’ and it has been used throughout history as the symbol of enlightenment. In chinese medicine it is regarded as a three treasure tonic, nourishing the shen, jing, and qi. This fungus consistently demonstrated a profound ability to nourish vitality, relax the nervous system, calm the mind, and promote a state of relaxed focus and concentration. Thanks to modern science we now understand Red Reishi better than ever before, we have successfully isolated 130 different polysaccharides, over 119 triterpenes along with many other phytonutrients making up one of the most complex medicines known to man with just over 900 bioactive constituents identified thus far.
Over the past several decades, dozens of different studies conducted in Japan, China, the U.S. and the U.K. have demonstrated that reishi mushrooms are capable of offering protection against numerous diseases or illnesses.
One of the most important effects of the reishi mushroom is that it can boost your immune system, test-tube studies have shown that reishi can increase white blood cell count and dramatically upgrade our immune response, particularly the process of phagosytosis (the mechanism by which lymphocytes, macrophages and killer cell roam the body picking up debris and consuming toxins and harmful organisms)
Out of Reishis vast triterpenoids, 2 compounds in particular stand out, ganoderic and ganoderenic acids, these have shown tremendous results in treating auto immune diseases, allergies, liver function (beta-glucoronodase inhibitor - an enzyme linked to sclerosis and hepatitis) they have also shown antioxidant qualities, which protect the body from free radical damage as well as enhance overall cell repair.
Numerous studies have also been done on reishi mushrooms’ effect on cancer cell lines
In vivo and in-vitro testing have demonstrated that compounds derived from the Reishi mushroom have cytotoxic effects on cancer cells. Several studies demonstrate that extracts of Reishi mushrooms down-regulate VEGF and MAPK signaling, as well as induce cell cycle arrest, apoptosis ( the death of cancer cells which occurs as a controlled part of an organism's growth or development), and autophagy.
Many randomized controlled trials also proved that cancer patients experienced improved response to treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy
All this information along with physical testing points to Reishi Mushrooms being one of the best adaptogens we currently have, helping the body adapt to the every day stressors of life, increasing energy and immunity as well as helping to ward off long term degenerative diseases. This mushrooms use is interwoven in human culture from around the world and grows naturally right on our doorsteps in the forests around South Africa, making it a must for anyone looking to improve the quality of life.
Most Reishi on the market is grown on sawdust and in many cases the mycelium is used — the fungal mass that can be mass-grown before the mushroom sprouts. This mycelium is not as good as the true fruiting body (mushroom cap)
And most often, this mycelium has not been extracted at all but is simply ground into powder with grain-spawn. Non-extracted Reishi mushroom is of little biological value to a human, since it cannot be assimilated in raw form.
When producing our triple extract reishi tincture, we harvest wild ganoderma lucidum species grown in old grove forests untouched by modern pollution, and fed by pristine waters.
Our Reishi Tincture is extracted slowly and diligently for a minimum of 30 days in order to make the active substances bio-available.
We run our reishi through an ethanol extraction process to remove the triterpenes & a water extraction to remove the polysaccharides, the remaining mark is then put through multiple additional extractions to reclaim any additional compounds. All extractions are then combined to produce a powerful, bioavailable reishi supplement.
Artist's Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)
- Ganoderma Lucidum wild harvested reishi ± 10 000mg
- Cultivated reishi ± 10 000mg
86 proof grain alcohol.