What is Red Reishi Mushroom Extract?
Known as a polypore mushroom that belongs to the genusGanoderma, Red Reishi is a red-varnished colored mushroom with a kidney-shaped cap, giving it a uniqueappearance. When the mushroom is fresh, it is soft, cork-like, and flat in appearance. Unlike many other fungi, it does not contain gills on its underside and instead releases its spores through its delicate pores. The pores underneath the mushroom may be white or brown, depending on its age. Traditional Chinese medicine uses Lingzhi mushroom. In nature, Red Reishi grows at the base and stumps of deciduous trees such as oak trees, but it is seemingly fond of maple trees. Only 0.02-0.03% of deciduous trees will possess lingzhi growth, therefore presenting a scarcity of appearance in the wild. This percentage indicates growth on 2-3 trees of 10,000. Today, the Lingzhi mushroom is actively cultivated on hardwood logs or sawdust/woodchips, due to the rarity of its appearance in the wild. It has been commercially manufactured since the 1970s. After the mushroom has developed its fruiting body, it is then harvested, dried, ground, and processed into tablets or capsules for consumption via a manner of methods such as in teas or soups. Other products extracted from lingzhi include processed fungal mycelia or spores.
Potential Benefits Include:
- Supports Healthy Immune System Function†
- Gastrointestinal & Digestive Support†
- Supports Healthy Cardiovascular function†
- Liver Support†
How Does Red Reishi | Linghizi Work?
The Reishi mushroom has been and continues to be an active component in Eastern medicine and has shown that it may be a viable candidate for boosting the immune system, promoting healthy blood pressure, as well as promoting general wellness. Red Reishi helps with immune system support through increasing the activity of white blood cells while the beta-glucans in the mushroom have been shown to aid in facilitating a healthy immune system. Due to Reishi being an adaptogen, it is used to relieve stress.
How Is Harvest Naturals Red Reishi Extract Made?
Harvest Naturals Reishi extract is made from a dual extraction process. The first step of this process is hot-water-extraction. Hot-water-extraction is the most common and the least expensive and where many companies stop. When you find "cheap" mushroom supplements, they are either simple-dried powders or are water extracted only. The second step of the dual extraction process is the alcohol extraction. Ethanol (or sometimes methanol) extraction isolates the water-insoluble components. The alcohol extraction process is, in general, used as a second step after hot-water extraction. Also, since alcohol alone will not break down chitin effectively, heat must be added. Without this second step of alcohol extraction, many of the additional beneficial ingredients are not extracted.
How to Use & Recommended Dosage:
Because of its bitter taste, fresh lingzhi is traditionally prepared with hot tea or in a soup. Thinly sliced or pulverized lingzhi is added to boiling water, which is then reduced to a simmer, covered, and left for 2 hours. The resulting liquid is dark and relatively bitter. The red lingzhi is often more bitter tasting than the black. The process is sometimes repeated to increase concentration. Alternatively, the mushroom is used as an ingredient in a formula decoction or used to make an extract (in liquid, capsule, or powder form). The more active red types of lingzhi are far too bitter tasting to be consumed in a soup.
The recommended dosage of Red Reishi is 500mg to 1000mg per day, which is roughly the equivalent of 2 to 3 capsules. At this dose, a 180 count bottle will last you 60 to 90 days.
Directions & Allergens
As a dietary supplement, take 2 leveled scoops (~1000 mg). Taken once daily, or as directed by a qualified health professional.
This product contains no Soy, Dairy, Dairy byproducts, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Wheat, Gluten, Tree Nuts, or Sesame Seeds.
This is a NON-GMO ingredient manufactured using organic starting ingredients.
Store in a cool, dry place. Keep away from direct sunlight and heat.
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Statements & Warnings †
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.
Keep out of the reach of children. Do not take this or any other supplement if under the age of 18, pregnant or nursing a baby, or if you have any known or suspected medical conditions and/or taking prescription drug(s) or OTC medication(s). Always consult with a qualified health physician before taking any new dietary supplement.