Scientific name: Ganoderma lucidum
Mostly fan shaped and red in color, the Reishi is known as “Ling-Zhi” in Chinese. It was used as a medicinal mushroom for more than 3,000 years in China, and only consumed by the royalty as it was extremely rare and described as the “mushroom of immortality”.
The three main compounds that are found in Reishi are: Polysaccharides, Triterpenoids, and Adenosine which allows this superior herbal mushroom to enhance the immune system and improve a range of health conditions. Some pharmacological effects seen include lowering of blood pressure, prohibiting tumor activity, increasing anti-allergic activity, and acting as antioxidant. What makes the Reishi more precious is that there is apparently no side-effects that will harm the body after consumption.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, to absorb the active ingredients in the Reishi effectively, it must be extracted by boiling in hot water and served as tea or soup. The mushroom is bitter in taste, however, Reishi is now available in tablet and granular forms and can be included as a daily food supplement for all age groups.
It is believed that the Reishi mushroom is nature’s most valuable gift to mankind.