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You might have read or heard about some of the amazing health benefits of Reishi mushrooms, also known as Lingzhi or Ganoderma, and are considering adding this medicinal mushroom to your diet. You may be surprised and confused, though, about all the different varieties available. And with prices for capsules that range from less than 10, to over 200 pounds per bottle, you’ve no doubt wondered what the difference is. We’re here to help. So let’s take a look at the choices, and some things to consider when choosing the right Reishi product for you.

If you’re unfamiliar with Reishi, here’s a quick primer: It’s been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years to boost the immune system, treat viral infections, lung conditions, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, even liver disease and cancer. It was previously available only to royalty, and is known as the “mushroom of immortality”. Now, with more and more research in the Western world confirming the amazing health benefits of this unique mushroom, Reishi is naturally becoming very popular here in the United States as well. If you’re considering taking Reishi, whether to boost your immune system and maintain good health, or if you want something to help you regain health and energy, here are 5 important questions to ask:

1: Where is it Made? Reishi mushrooms are generally grown in Japan, the United States, and China (where they are referred to as “Lingzhi). The Reishi is then processed and made into capsules, extracts, tinctures, teas and powders. Prices and quality vary greatly. Generally, the highest quality products are made in Japan and secondly the United States.

2: What type of Reishi? There are many varieties of Reishi, but the ones used for medicinal purposes are Black, Red and Deer Antler Red Reishi. Black Reishi is the most common and inexpensive variety. The vast majority of Reishi products made in China use Black Reishi (Lingzhi). Black Reishi is the least potent variety.

Red Reishi is a much rarer and more potent variety, and can contain much more of the precious polysaccharides that give Reishi its numerous health benefits. Of course, products made from Red Reishi are much more expensive, especially ones that are made in Japan.

Deer Antler shaped Red Reishi, however, is in a class by itself. It starts out as Red Reishi, but due to a combination of air quality, temperature, humidity and other growing conditions, instead of forming the familiar mushroom cap shape, it instead takes a form resembling the antlers of a deer. Extremely rare in nature, only 1 in 100,000 Red Reishi take this shape. This variety has an even higher potency than Red Reishi, and can only be commercially produced under strict, laboratory grade growing conditions where the environment can be tightly monitored.

3: How is it taken? Reishi can be taken in capsules, added to foods as a supplement, or made into a tea. For daily convenience and to maintain high potency, capsules would be a good choice. Having a cup of Reishi tea now and again may be a relaxing experience as well, although not everyone will find the taste enjoyable at first.

4: How is it made? Reishi mushrooms are very woody and tough, and cannot be eaten alone. It must be processed to break done the tough cellular walls. There are several methods – it can be made into an extract, using various methods involving alcohol and/or heat, it can be brewed in hot water as a tea, or powdered and put into a capsule. Since heat and alcohol can damage the precious polysaccharides, some manufacturers use a cold processing method, such as freeze drying and micronization of the mushroom into powder form.

5: What is the potency? This can vary greatly, and unfortunately, the information may not be readily available from the manufacturer. One indication is to look for the levels of Beta-Glucan, one of the beneficial polysaccharides in Reishi. Typical Chinese made Lingzhi capsules contain levels of 5 – 10 g/100g. Higher quality Japanese made Red Reishi may contain 35 – 45g/100g. The highest quality Deer Antler Reishi has over 60g/100g of Beta-Glucan

As you can see, Reishi comes in many varieties and forms. Here’s our advice on which to choose: If you plan on taking it as a daily supplement, we suggest going with a pill or capsule for the sake of convenience. As for quality, Red Reishi from Japan is very highly regarded, although it is significantly more expensive than Reishi (Lingzhi) from China. Deer Antler Red Reishi is even more exclusive, but for those whose budget allows, or those with more serious health issues, it’s a viable choice.

 

 

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