- Dehydrated Hot Water Extract
- Wild Crafted
- Immune System Support
- Potent Anti-oxidant
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 prevent altitude sickness and are contained in many of the performance enhancing herbal formulas used by Chinese athletes.*
Our Reishi Super Strength extract is the most potent Reishi supplement available in North America, and we take a number of steps to ensure this is the case.
The first step use to use the fruit bodies, not the mycelium. Reishi mycelium does not contain any triterpenes. Only the mushroom contains triterpenes which is why we use the mushrooms to make our extract.
Because the levels of active compounds in Reishi mushrooms can vary significantly from strain to strain within the species, the scientists and herbalists at Mushroom Science developed a proprietary strain of Reishi that delivers significant and consistent levels of all the active compounds, including the triterpenes that support liver health.*
Our Reishi mushrooms are also grown on solid wood, not rice. Growing Reishi mushrooms in their natural environment allows us to produce an extract of unmatched quality.
The scientific name for Reishi isGanoderma lucidum. Also refered to as Red Reishi, Reishi is one of the most widely researched supplements in Asia, with most of the research centering on three actions: hepatic support, immune modulation and cardiovascular support. Research has also shown that Reishi extracts can oxygenate the blood. Reishi is currently used by many mountain climbers to prevent altitude sickness and is contained in many of the performance-enhancing herbal formulas used by competitive athletes.*
As with the other medicinal mushrooms, it is the polysaccharides extracted from the indigestible cell walls (which in turn contain the beta glucans), that provide immune support.*
All of the scientific references have Reishi prepared as a hot-water extract or a hot-water/ethanol extract. There are no scientific references that use or examine the effects of unextracted mycelium powder, unextracted mushroom powder or tinctures (liquids preserved in alcohol that are also called also known as cold water extracts). One company claims their Reishi tinctures are part hot water extract (and also part cold water and alcohol extract), but that is not an accurate claim. It is not possible to preserve a hot water extract in water and alcohol. The level of alcohol needed to preserve the actives is also the same level of alcohol that would cause the polysaccharides, which are not alcohol soluble, to precipitate out of solution and into a solid.
Reishi Super Strength (Reishi Gano 161)
In development for over four years, our proprietary strain, Reishi Gano 161, represents the future of mushroom supplements. Using HPLC analysis of the triterpenes as the criteria for strain selection, various strains of Reishi were crossed, resulting in a strain containing a much broader spectrum of the naturally occurring triterpenes as compared to any other strains analyzed to date.
The subject of a series of human clinical studies at a major U.S. University, Reishi Super Strength delivers the very best this ancient mushroom has to offer and is the finest Reishi supplement available in the world.
The first study found that the triterpenes in Reishi Super Strength (Gano 161 strain), down-regulates TNF-Alpha and NF-kB when outside the normal range. This effect occurs at the same time the polysaccharides are supporting the non-specific immune response.
Why hot water extraction?
BIOAVAILABILITY – The immune supporting polysaccharides common to all medicinal mushrooms and mushroom mycelium are found inside of the cell walls. However, the cell walls of the mushrooms and mushroom mycelium 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.
Adults, take 1-3 capsules, twice daily, on an empty stomach.
|Serving Size: 1 Capsule
|Servings Per Container: 90
Amount Per Capsule
|Organic Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum, Reishi Gano 161), hot water/alcohol extract 400mg, 12% polysaccharide, 4% triterpene
|† Daily Value not established
Vegetarian Capsules (cellulose), Ganoderma lucidum mycelium, myceliated rice.
Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if allergic to mushrooms, pregnant or breast feeding. Do not use if safety seal around top of bottle is missing or broken. Store at room temperature, with lid closed.