Reishi Mushroom or ‘Lingzhi’ as it’s called in China, is a fascinating fungus that grows on the base of deciduous trees in hot and humid locations. Shaped like a saucer, it has a glossy exterior and is often red in colour.
While relatively unknown in Western cultures, it has been a staple in Eastern medicine for thousands of years and is one of the oldest symbols of longevity.
Often referred to as the ‘mushroom of immortality,’ Reishi offers a plethora of health benefits, which are now available in a simple extract powder form.
Reishi Mushroom Powder is packed full of various vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It also contains several molecules including triterpenoids, peptidoglycans and polysaccharides, which explain its medicinal quality.
Polysaccharides - Reishi mushrooms contain a high concentration of prebiotic polysaccharides. These are long complex chains of carbohydrate molecules that store energy, send cellular information and support the cells and tissue.
Beta Glucans - The sugars found in Reishi mushrooms have been found to promote the growth of probiotic bacteria and improve their resilience.
It is thought that Reishi Mushrooms were first discovered by Chinese healers more than 2000 years ago in the Changbai Mountains. Ancient texts revere the mushroom as an elixir of immortality and contained secret locations where the fungus was believed to grow.
Reishi mushrooms are considered a source of luck and symbol of healing and wellness in Chinese culture.
Today, they are commonly used by physicians across Asia to treat a wide range of ailments. Reishi mushrooms are also becoming increasingly popular in the Western world, particularly as a health supplement.
Dubbed ‘the mushroom of immortality,’ Reishi won’t keep you alive forever, however its rich antioxidant content can help to reduce the risk of disease, ward off premature ageing and promote longevity.
Numerous studies have found Reishi mushrooms effective in fighting cancer. One small study in the Journal of Oncology found that tumours shrunk in 3 cancer patients taking Reishi mushrooms. The beta glucans are believed to prevent new blood vessel growth, preventing new cancer cells from developing.
Animal studies indicate that Reishi mushrooms could benefit those with neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s. It may also be able to protect the brain from seizures.
Reishi mushrooms have long been used as an immune system enhancer. In Asia, they are prescribed as an immunostimulant for patients with HIV and cancer. The beta glucans and antioxidant properties in the mushroom are believed to boost the immune system and prevent infection.
Reishi mushrooms may have a positive effect on fatigue and feelings of depression. In a study of 132 patients suffering from neurasthenia (a condition associated with mental and physical exhaustion), taking Reishi mushrooms helped to alleviate aches, pains and feelings of irritability.
Reishi mushroom has quite a bitter, woody taste. It is traditionally steeped in tea.
We recommend taking ½ tsp (2g) of Mountainlife Reishi daily. Mix into water or add it to your favourite superfood smoothie. Some people also like to add Reishi powder to coffee.
We supply 100% natural Reishi Mushroom powder of Chinese Medicinal quality, Di Tao sourced from the Wuyi Mountains in China. Supercharged with a whole host of important vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and molecules, it will make a valuable addition to a healthy, balanced diet.
Boost your physical and mental well-being with Mountainlife Reishi Mushroom Powder.