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Sometimes referred to as the “mushroom of immortality,” reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) has traditionally been used to promote vitality, support immune function, increase stress resilience, improve mental clarity and more. It contains approximately 400 bioactive compounds that work together to deliver therapeutic benefits and is one of the most studied of the “medicinal mushrooms.Reishi Mushrooms Blend
One fascinating piece of research that has been published is this study, which found that mice given reishi extract experienced a 9-20% increase in lifespan. That’s equivalent to roughly 7-16 years in human terms. (We need human studies to confirm this effect in people, but I think it’s interesting that it’s long been called the “plant of longevity” and other similar names.)
Because reishi is very rare to find in the wild, for the past two millennia it was mostly reserved for the Chinese emperor and his court. Fortunately for us, it’s now cultivated in significant amounts, making it widely available in high quality extracts like this one, this one, and this one.
Not all extracts are good quality, though. I’ll talk about what to look for later, but first let’s dive into what makes reishi so special.
So, what is the reishi mushroom?
Also called lingzhi, it grows mostly on dead or dying eastern hemlock trees, and ranges in color from reddish-orange to purple to black. The fruiting body (shiny part) and mycelium (threadlike filaments that are similar to roots) have long been used to make herbal medicines, teas, tinctures, and powders. Red reishi is usually preferred due to its higher polysaccharide content.
While reishi can be eaten fresh, hot water helps extract valuable polysaccharides that are renowned for their therapeutic properties. That’s why in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the fruiting part of reishi mushrooms were typically dried, cut into slices, boiled and steeped to help release beneficial compounds.
However, hot water extracts leave behind valuable compounds such as triterpenes, which support our oxygen utilization, immune function, liver function and more. Alcohol is needed to pull out the triterpenes, which is why my favorite extracts use both water and alcohol.
We’ll talk more about reishi’s amazing bioactive compounds in a moment, but first a quick note: As always, none of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA, this article is not medical advice, and it is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition. If you have a question about whether reishi (or any other supplement) is right for you, please talk with a qualified healthcare provider. Okay, let’s dive in!
Reishi Mushroom’s Bioactive Compounds
As I mentioned earlier, reishi contains roughly 400 bioactive compounds that work synergistically together. Rather than dive into all of them here, let’s take a look at the ones researchers have identified as essential to reishi’s beneficial effects.