Our Reishi mushroom is grown and dried in Yarra Valley, Victoria. At no point in the process does it leave Australia.
It is freeze-dried for maximum nutrient retention (not spray dried like cheap substitutes). It also includes the mushroom mycelium (the “roots” of the mushroom) which according to the Paul Stamets method, is the most medicinal part of the mushroom. Most inferior brands will just sell the fruiting body.
It is grinded into a powder so it’s easy to make into tea or add into a smoothie.
The dried “mycelium” of Reishi the root-like body that produces mushrooms has been found to be highly effective in the treatment of neuroses caused by “environmental stress”. In addition, in an eight-month study of Alzheimer’s disease, patients taking a Reishi mycelium product demonstrated significant improvement
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activity of Ganoderma lucidum extract alone and in 17. Gao, Y., S. Zhou, W. Jiang, M. Huang and X. Dai,
combination with some antibiotics. Arch. Pharm. 2003. Effects of ganopoly (a Ganoderma lucidum
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Immune System: Ganoderma lucidum contains high concentration of Polysaccharides and Triterpenes. These active components are proven to strengthen our immunity cells and improve our immune system
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Healing the Liver: Reishi is used for the treatment of chronic hepatitis. Reishi extract has been reported to be
effective in treating patients with liver failure. In animal studies of mice with carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatitis, the extent of liver damage was significantly inhibited by continuous dosing with Reishi tincture and the regeneration of the liver was promoted
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Cancer: Studies of Reishi proved to have an anti-tumor effect. The active anti-cancer constituents in Reishi are
called Beta-D-glucan. Beta-D-glucan is a polysaccharide basically a huge sugar molecule made up of many little
sugar molecules chained together bound to amino acids. These intricate sugars stimulate or modulate the immune system by activating immune cells such as macrophage and helper T-cells, as well as increase the immunoglobin levels to produce a heightened response to foreign cells, whether bacteria, viruses, or tumor cells
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Ingredients: Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), Mushroom Substrate (brown rice & mycelium).
Why our mushrooms contain minute traces of brown rice
The brown rice is the growing medium and most of it is consumed by the mushroom during the growing period. However the mycelium can not be separated from the brown rice entirely and thus there is some brown rice in the finished product.
Whilst it is more complicated (and expensive) process for us to include the mycelium in the finished product, we feel it is necessary to provide the best quality product we can. This is inline with the findings of international mushroom experts such as Paul Stamets.
Why we don’t sell extracts
An extract requires the removal of some parts of the mushroom in preference for others. When you isolate a compound from a wholefood you remove components which assist the body with the absorption and digestion of the mushroom.
In our experience, it is most beneficial to consume a wholefood, as close to the natural state of the mushroom as possible.
The argument competitors make for selling extracts is that the chitin is not easily broken down during digestion. Our mushrooms are heated prior to powdering (to remove bacteria) and this is more than sufficient to break down the cell wall so the the chitin is bioavailable .