Reishi mushroom. Syn.: Ling Zhi/Chi, Jong Si/ryongji, Mannentake, The Panacea Polypore.
Directions: 2 capsules twice daily with lots of water. †
† Recommended daily dose not specified.
Do not exceed the recommended daily intake. Food supplements are not a substitute for a balanced and varied diet. Keep out of reach of small children. Do not take during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Store in a dry and cool place.
Reishi mushrooms are gently dried after harvesting (at below 35°C) and then ground ultra-fine.
In technical jargon, this grinding technique is also called the "shellbroken process". This means that the cell walls are broken open when the mushrooms are ground. This is necessary because mushrooms have very hard cell walls. The walls are chitin, which cannot be processed by the human body. Therefore, shellbroken grinding is important so that the body can absorb the ingredients of the mushroom.
Ganoderma lucidum can be found worldwide and is a saprophyte which prefers hardwood such as oak, birch, beech and alder trees. It can also be found in hedges, parks and along waysides, given the appropriate conditions. It is particularly common in mediterranean and temperate regions, in Europe it can be found up to southern Scandinavia. In Germany and Austria Ganoderma lucidum is irregularly distributed.
The Chinese name of this fungus is Ling Zhi, in Japan it is called Reishi. Ganoderma lucidum has been used as medicine for more than 4000 years. It is traditionally a symbol of good health, physical and mental recovery, long life, high sexual activity, wisdom and fortune. Reishi is rich in micronutrients such as iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, zinc, manganese and germanium. The most valuable compounds of Ling Zhi are polysaccharides and triterpenes such as ganodermic acid, ganolucid acid or lucidemic acid.