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Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum)

  • Mushroom for Immunity
  • Mushroom for Liver and Heart Health 

Mushrooms are all around us, they are the true communicators in nature. Medicinal mushrooms have been used globally for thousands of years for their health benefits and can provide the missing link to support our health and well-being. Each medicinal mushroom has its own unique set of compounds to support health, let’s learn more about reishi:

Meet the Mushroom

Reishi is a unique fungus that grows predominantly in the humid and warm regions of Asia on decaying logs and stumps. Reishi is woody and tough, rendering it inedible in its raw form. However, its medicinal properties have been recognised and harnessed in various ways for over 2,000 years. 


Ancient texts and folklore often refer to the Reishi mushroom as the ‘Mushroom of Immortality’, underscoring its revered status. In traditional Chinese medicine, its name is often associated with healing, longevity, and immortality. Its use in China dates back over 2,000 years, with ancient Chinese texts, such as the “Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing,” calling it a top-tier herb, reflecting its importance in traditional medicine.

Benefits: Why you should use it?

  • Immunity: Reishi contains beta-glucans, a type of polysaccharide that has been shown to activate white blood cells, making them stronger and more efficient fighters against diseases (1).
  • Heart health: Reishi has been shown to contain compounds that reduce LDL cholesterol and blood pressure; key risk factors for cardiovascular disease (2). 
  • Liver health: Studies have highlighted reishi’s hepatoprotective effects 
  • Allergies: Reishi is rich in triterpenes which have strong anti-inflammatory properties (3), combined with immunomodulatory action, this makes it an excellent choice for allergies and other inflammatory conditions. 

Key Actives

Its many benefits come from its combination of highly active immune-modulating polysaccharides and over 130 anti-inflammatory triterpenoid compounds.

  • Polysaccharides: Studies have highlighted their ability to modulate immune function. 
  • Triterpenoids: The most valuable constituents of reishi mushroom alongside its polysaccharides. Reishi has over 130 triterpenoid compounds that have been reported to be hepatoprotective, anti-histaminic, and be valuable for cardiovascular health amongst other actions (4). 
  • Antioxidants: Act as a protective shield, safeguarding our cells from damage (5). 

Product Info

Our Organic Reishi is a 100% fruiting body dual extract of reishi, sustainably harvested on duanwood in the Longquan district of China, its traditional home.

It is dual extracted (Up to 30:1 extract ratio) to release and concentrate its polysaccharides and triterpenes. It has a minimum of 20% beta glucans, and 4% triterpenes to support immunity and inflammatory response.

Our Pure Grade range of extracts are regarded as practitioner quality and contain the highest levels of active compounds. It is common for mushroom capsules and powders to use ‘drinks grade’ extracts that contain a high level of maltodextrin to help encapsulation, and to taste sweeter to the palate. Pure Grade is the hallmark of the highest quality mushroom supplements. 

How to use

Capsules: Adults take 2 capsules, 1-3 times a day with or without food, or try adding the powder from the capsules into a smoothie. 

Powder: Take 1g 1-4 times a day. Reishi has a rich, bitter flavour, you can make a tea/coffee alternative using the powder, or add it to your hot chocolate and smoothies.


When is the best time to take it? : Reishi can be taken at any time of day, though it may be more beneficial taken later in the day to support relaxation and calm the nervous system. Regular consumption of reishi can help you take advantage of its health benefits.

Are there any side effects? : Risk of side effects is reportedly low, but it can interact with certain medications including anticoagulants and blood pressure medication. Reishi can also lower blood pressure, so best avoided in people with low blood pressure.

Are there any interactions? : We would advise anyone on any medication, or those who are pregnant/breastfeeding to check with their healthcare practitioner.

Do you test the product? Yes, it is third party tested, COA are available on request.

Why do you source from China? : The use of medicinal mushrooms was a cornerstone in Traditional Chinese Medicine and this practice dates back thousands of years. No country has more extensive knowledge than China in the growing and extraction of mushrooms. China is also home to some of the vastest and most pristine forests in the world, which provide the ideal environment for mushrooms to grow. It is universally agreed, through ongoing DNA analysis, that China continue to grow the best quality mushrooms in the world.

What is the difference between reishi and reishi spore? : They have very similar benefits, but reishi spores have much more concentrated amounts of a compound called triterpenes, which are responsible for reishi’s anti-inflammatory and antihistamine benefits. Reishi fruiting body is richer in polysaccharides and other compounds for immunity and organ health.

Combine with

Reishi can be taken on its own or combined with other supplements and functional foods for synergistic effects. Combine with turkey tail for immune support, cordyceps for all round adaptogenic support, or turmeric for powerful anti-inflammatory support 

Fungi Fact

The original description of Ganoderma Lucidum was based on material collected in London, UK in 1781.