Pure Reishi Extract Benefits: What You Should Know Before You Buy

Get back to your roots with the help of organic Reishi extract*

Want to use the power of mushrooms to supplement your life, but feel overwhelmed by all the options on the market today? With the multitude of different functional mushrooms and their benefits, it can be difficult to know where to start, organic Reishi extract can be a great place to start. In this blog we will explore why Reishi is beneficial to our well-being and also what to look for when shopping for Reishi extract.

As a society, there is no question of how far we have diverged from our ancient roots. Reishi is a mushroom that has been known to be used for over 2000 years. In the early stages of human development, we seemed to be much more in tune with nature and its ability to support us and keep us healthy. our phones and computer screens than we spend doing things to really take care of ourselves. Keep reading to learn how organic reishi extract can help restore balance!*

Reishi by any other name

Known as the queen of mushrooms, Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) has a long history with human health and longevity. It has made numerous appearances in Chinese history, appearing in tapestries, sculptures, paintings, and even the silk robes of Chinese emperors. This triumphant mushroom has a lot to offer and it is no secret that it is deeply effective in supporting the immune system.* In China it is known as the “mushroom of immortality”. If that’s not reason enough to add pure Reishi mushroom extract to your regimen, consider its additional lesser-known, but still powerful, benefits.*

Other names for Reishi around the world include “spirit mushroom,” “spiritual power mushroom,” and “10,000-year-old mushroom.” Once considered a proverbial fountain of youth, Reishi was intuitively used by the wealthy.

Reishi is a polypore, also known as a conk mushroom, and is extremely hard and woody. When grown out of the wild, reishi can be manipulated to grow in various forms. Like a bonsai, growers can modify factors such as light, oxygen and CO2 to encourage different incorporations such as tall stems, cones, discs, bulbs or a combination.

Benefits of organic Reishi extract

Let’s take a quick dive into Reishi mushrooms.

  • Reishi boasts a variety of benefits, including adaptogenic properties and support for overall well-being, a healthy transition to sleep for occasional restlessness, occasional stress, and support for immune health.*
  • Reishi has been used in herbalism for over 4,000 years in China and Japan.
  • The Reishi mushroom can be found in many colors, ranging from reddish-orange to black.
  • Reishi must be extracted before consuming.
  • Reishi is thought to be an adaptogen, helping the body’s natural response to occasional stress.*
  • Reishi also promotes a sense of calm and supports the body for a good rest.*
  • It can also help promote endurance and support healthy energy levels!*

What you need to know before you buy Reishi mushroom extract

Here are four important questions to ask before purchasing Reishi mushroom extract:

1. Which part of the mushroom is used?

Only certain parts of mushrooms are traditionally used in botany. Fruiting bodies are the above-ground parts of a mushroom. (These are the places you usually forage, cook, and extract.)

The mycelium is a part of fungi that people rarely see because it is usually underground. You can think of the mycelium as the “roots” of a mushroom. Although important for mushroom growth, mycelium is not traditionally used to support your health.*

It is important to note that it is cheaper and faster to grow mycelium on grain, so unfortunately many modern products use it instead of the beneficial fruiting bodies. This mycelium in the grain has none of the ganoderic acids that reishi is most famous for, while the fruiting bodies have high levels.

At AdaptogenShrooms we only use 100% organic Reishi fruiting bodies, never mycelium, so you’re never paying for grains or filler and you can always be sure you’re getting the ‘good stuff’.

2. What kind of process is used to make Reishi mushroom extract?

As we mentioned above, the active parts of Reishi mushrooms are inside the cell walls, which our body cannot break down. They must be extracted — and the best extracts are formulated in a two-part method. While there are many forms of Reishi available, alcohol extract tinctures are the most potent variety for this particular functional mushroom.

Our organic Reishi mushroom extract undergoes a double extraction of water, known as decoction, and alcohol, known as tincture. The active compounds in mushrooms are both alcohol-soluble (triterpenes) and water-soluble (beta-glucans). Triterpenes (the main active ingredients of the mushroom), mainly ganoderic and lucidinic acid, are extracted only with alcohol. When the US Pharmacopeia did a study that measured the differences between Reishi products and the real mushroom, less than half of what was on the market tested positive for the presence of these compounds (2): “…triterpenes closely related to G. lucidum (GL20) were detected in only 8 of 19 (42.1%) products tested based on HPTLC analysis.” (3)

A good trick you can do yourself to determine if triterpenes are present is a taste test! Triterpenes are responsible for Reishi’s bitter taste. Thus, a non-bitter taste is a good indicator that the product has less than satisfactory potency.

To get full-spectrum mushroom support, we extract our mushrooms with 190-proof alcohol and hot water, then carefully blend them. We always follow the science of extracting Reishi at optimal alcohol percentages, temperatures and durations for maximum potency.*


3. Have your extracts been tested for purity and potency?

When purchasing a Reishi mushroom extract, it is important to look for proof that it is pure and strong.

Every batch of mushrooms we use goes through extensive laboratory testing. We test for heavy metals and biological contamination to ensure the purity of our products. We also control the concentration of active compounds such as 1,3/1,6 beta-glucans and triterpenes. We want to see the science behind the potency of our supplements, so we make sure we get accurate numbers.

You can access these lab results directly from our website, as well as by scanning the custom QR on our product bottles and boxes.

4. Is your Reishi extract made with organic mushrooms?

Mushrooms may be certified organic, but not all are. Reishi Mushroom Extract is 100% USDA Certified Organic. Everything we use is organic, from our substrates to our cleaners. Every product we sell and every ingredient we use is tracked by a batch number and can be traced back to its origin.

At AdaptogenShrooms our products are also non-GMO, vegan, kosher, gluten-free, NSF and cGMP certified!

Make the most of pure and organic Reishi mushroom extract

Like most herbal supplements, the way to get the most benefit from organic reishi extract is to take it for extended periods of time. At AdaptogenShrooms, we’ve created a system for you that ensures consistency by delivering your supplements to your door every month so you don’t even have to think about it! Simply shop and review on our website to subscribe to this service. Let us do the work for you while you use your free time to take care of your body and mind.

The best part of our subscriptions is that you can set the frequency, pause and switch items at any time!

AdaptogenShrooms produces pure Reishi mushroom extract, purely for you!

We encourage you to be selective in your search for pure Reishi mushroom extract, as with all functional mushroom supplements! We make all of our organic mushroom tinctures and other products with USDA certified organic and lab tested mushrooms. Each batch is lab tested for beta glucans, alpha glucans, biological contaminants, heavy metals and more, so you can be sure you’re supporting your health with the best supplements on the market.

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(1) doi:10.1089/jmf.2005.8.53

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