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3 Things to Consider When Buying Medicinal Mushrooms:
- Where are they grown?
- How are they dried?
- Do they include the mycelium?
Watch this short video to learn more.
Why Is This The Best Reishi In Australia?
- Firstly, it’s grown in Australia – that’s pretty epic. Mushrooms are highly absorbent. They will absorb the heavy metals and toxins from the environment in which they are in. Thus if they are grown in polluted areas or with unclean water they can be dangerous to consume.
- Our Victorian mushrooms have a superior drying process. Our Reishi mushrooms are not just grown in the pollution-free Yarra Valley (Victoria); but they are also freeze dried in Victoria. Freeze drying is a superior process of drying to spray drying. It allows for a much more nutrient dense product. The cost is far greater and thus many imported Reishi mushroom products are spray dried.
- These mushrooms contain the potent mycelium (the mushroom’s life force): Our Reishi includes the mycelium of the mushroom (the “roots” of the mushroom below the surface) not just the fruiting body. World-renowned mycologists like Paul Stamets believe a lot of the benefits of medicinal mushrooms are contained in the mycelium.
- A whole food – and nothing else. An extract contains mostly alcohol or water with minute amounts of the water soluble parts of the mushroom. Our Reishi is the entire mushroom grounded up (so you have a product as close to it’s natural state as possible).
Australian mushrooms, always.Our Reishi mushroom is grown and dried in Victoria, Australia. 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.
I'm serious about quality.
"I started this business almost a decade ago to give people a natural way to improve their health. If at anytime you think this product is not of the highest quality, I insist that you return it for a refund."
- Justin Snyder (Founder & CEO)
What’s the research behind Reishi?
The dried”mycelium of Reishi…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
Yoon, S.Y., S.K. Eo and Y.S. Kim, 1994. Antimicrobial in rats. Am. J. Chi Med., 21: 59-69.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 lucidumRes., 17(6): 438-442.
To add to that, a 1998 study found that
“Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) contains high concentration of Polysaccharides and Triterpenes. These active components are proven to strengthen our immunity cells and improve our immune system”
Mekkawy, S., M.R. Meselhy and N. Nakamura, 1998. advanced-stage cancer patients. Immunol. Invest,Ganoderma lucidum. Phytochem., 49(6): 1661-1657
“Reishi extract has been reported to be effective in treating patients with liver failure. In animal studies …the extent of liver damage was significantly inhibited by continuous dosing with Reishi tincture and the regeneration of the liver was promoted”
Lin, J.M., C.C. Lin, H.F. Chiu, J.J. Yang and S.G. Lee 1993. Evaluation of the anti-inflammatory and liver protective effects of anoectochilus formosanus Ganoderma lucidum and gynostemma pentaphyllum in rats. Am. J. Chi Med., 21: 59-69.
Research shows that
“The active anti-cancer constituents in Reishi are called Beta-D-glucan…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”
Gao, Y., S. Zhou, W. Jiang, M. Huang and X. Dai, 2003. Effects of ganopoly (a Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide extract) on the immune functions in advanced-stage cancer patients. Immunol. Invest, 32(3): 201-15.Ingredients: Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), Mushroom Substrate (brown rice traces & mycelium).
Why our mushrooms contain small 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.
“In my scientific opinion, mushroom products not incorporating mycelium are at a decided disadvantage” – Paul Stamets World Renowned Mycologist (read this blog post to find out why we always incorporate mycelium into our products)
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.
Don’t take our word for it! Check out this scientific study that “once again confirms that not only the mycelium but the substrate on which it is grown becomes profoundly immune enhancing.”
Why we don’t sell extracts…
A mushroom 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 .
Improve sleep naturally: Reishi (ganoderma lucidum lingzhi) has been found to improve sleep naturally by calming the nervous system and reducing stress.
Reishi mushroom has been found to boost the bodies natural immune response and assist the body in fighting tumors. It may provide an alternative way to target cancer cells naturally. One study suggests that G. lucidum could be administered as an alternative adjunct to conventional treatment in consideration of its potential of enhancing tumour response and stimulating host immunity” (read the study)
Forest Super Foods Reishi Mushroom (60g)
Ingredients: Australian Grown Reishi Mushroom and Mushroom Mycelium substrate (may contain brown rice traces).
Shipped in a resealable bag designed to keep the product fresh for up to 24 months.
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