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Ganoderma lucidum

Reishi

Recommended Dose

1g daily, with food or on an empty stomach. Can be taken at any time in the day for overall support, or in the evening to support a night of healthy sleep.

How long to see results

Medicinal mushrooms are generally used as tonics to support the various systems and organs over time. You may see benefits as soon as 1-2 weeks or you may notice a slower improvement over 2-3 months.

Warnings

If you have a medical condition, are taking medications, or are pregnant or nursing, consult your healthcare professional before using this product. Additional warning on Health Canada database: For claims related to reductions of symptoms: Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Stop use if hypersensitivity/allergy occurs.

Where it is grown

Pacific North West (Washington State)

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Reishi Folklore

Reishi’s history is long and extensive, especially in Chinese medicine. It is often referred to as the Imperial tonic as it was part of the medicines given to the Chinese emperor to prolong life. Other stories tell how it was used significantly by both warrior and ascetic monks. The monks consumed it to deepen their meditation practices. Reishi is also reputed to offer anti-aging (or longevity) properties and so is also often called the Mushroom of Immortality.

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Reishi Today

Today Reishi is the #1-selling nutraceutical mushroom species worldwide and is also among the most extensively researched.

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As Adaptogen

Reishi has a powerful calming effect on both mind and body and is often used as an adaptogen to help support a healthy stress response.

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Cardiovascular Health

In studies, Reishi has demonstrated its ability to reduce elevated blood presssure,[1] likely by calming the sympathetic nervous system, the nervous system that kicks into gear in times of stress. Further cardiovascular support is seen in its support of a healthy lipid profile, helping to reduce the oxidation of our cholesterol.[2,3]

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Immune Health

Reishi appears to excel in helping to modulate and balance immune function and inflammation,[4,5,6] making it a very useful mushroom in cases of immune dysfunction. Reishi is an excellent choice for overall wellness support.

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Healthy Sleep

Another function of Reishi is associated with sleep. Reishi supports shorter sleep latency (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep when the lights go out), deeper sleep and increased sleeping time.[7]

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Host Defense Reishi

Host Defense grows its Reishi on organic brown rice to provide a bio-digestible and bio-available product made from activated mycelium, not from indigestible fruitbodies and spores.

Other mushrooms it works well with

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Energy & Stress

Pairs wonderfully with Cordyceps for energy and stress.

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Immune

Reishi combines very well with other mushrooms to offer long term foundational support for our various organs and systems, along with a wonderful daily immune support.

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Stress Management

As our most favoured mushroom for a calming yet energizing support in times of stress, Reishi is our top choice in the Stress Decompress formula, along with Lion's Mane for nervous system support

Read More

1-Lee SY, Rhee HM. Cardiovascular effects of mycelium extract of Ganoderma lucidum: inhibition of sympathetic outflow as a mechanism of its hypotensive action. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo). 1990 May;38(5):1359-64. doi: 10.1248/cpb.38.1359. PMID: 2393962. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2393962

2-Yang, B.-K & Jeong, Sang Chul & Song, C.-H. (2002). Hypolipidemic effect of exo- and endo-biopolymers produced from submerged mycelial culture of Ganoderma lucidum in rats. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 12. 872-877. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283868242

3-Zhang HM, Yao WJ, Tian HK. [Effect of lugu Ganoderma lucidum on low-density lipoprotein oxidation and monocyte adhesion to endothelium]. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 2002 Jul;22(7):534-7. Chinese. PMID: 12592692. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12592692/

4-Kuo MC, Weng CY, Ha CL, Wu MJ. Ganoderma lucidum mycelia enhance innate immunity by activating NF-kappaB. J Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Jan 16;103(2):217-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2005.08.010. Epub 2005 Sep 15. PMID: 16169168. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16169168/

5-Tasaka K, Mio M, Izushi K, Akagi M, Makino T. Anti-allergic constituents in the culture medium of Ganoderma lucidum. (II). The inhibitory effect of cyclooctasulfur on histamine release. Agents Actions. 1988 Apr;23(3-4):157-60. doi: 10.1007/BF02142527. PMID: 2455976. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2455976/

6-Ho YW, Yeung JS, Chiu PK, Tang WM, Lin ZB, Man RY, Lau CS. Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide peptide reduced the production of proinflammatory cytokines in activated rheumatoid synovial fibroblast. Mol Cell Biochem. 2007 Jul;301(1-2):173-9. doi: 10.1007/s11010-006-9409-y. Epub 2007 Jan 12. PMID: 17219061. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17219061/

7-Chu QP, Wang LE, Cui XY, Fu HZ, Lin ZB, Lin SQ, Zhang YH. Extract of Ganoderma lucidum potentiates pentobarbital-induced sleep via a GABAergic mechanism. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2007 Apr;86(4):693-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2007.02.015. Epub 2007 Feb 22. PMID: 17383716. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17383716/