Common Name: Reishi Mushroom
Botanical Name: Ganoderma lucidum
Other Names: Lingzhi, Ling Chih, Glossy Ganoderma, Shiny Polyporus
Growing Area: Widely grown in temperate and tropical areas
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Reishi Mushroom grows around the world in temperate and tropical areas. In the wild, this stalkless fungus attaches near the base of deciduous trees. However, it is only very rarely found in nature, so it is most commonly cultivated either in a controlled indoor setting or outside on logs and woodchips. This mushroom is easily recognizable due to its distinctive rusty red color and kidney-like shape. The Latin word "lucidum" means "shiny" or "brilliant," referring to the smooth, glossy surface of the mushroom's cap.
The Reishi Mushroom, unlike many other types of fungi, has small pores on the underside of its cap instead of the gills that are found on most mushrooms. This soft mushroom has a very bitter flavor, so it is most often prepared as an extract and not consumed in culinary dishes.
Nutrients & Applications:
This bioactive fungus contains important minerals like potassium, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, iron and zinc, as well as all the essential amino acids, especially lysine and leucine. Also present are various polysaccharides and triterpenes, which are bioactive compounds with possible beneficial effects on liver health. Studies have shown these components to also be useful in promoting gastric well-being and, for some individuals, helping maintain blood glucose levels already in the normal range. Evidence also suggests that these compounds may be helpful in boosting the immune system and may discourage oxidative damage by free radicals. The triterpenes in particular may also help maintain blood pressure and cholesterol levels already within normal range.*