Mushroom Tinctures – Reishi Information

REISHI MUSHROOM Ganoderma tsugae

significant antioxidant activity
works as an immunomodulator
lowers blood pressure
lowers cholesterol
anti-inflammatory effects
used to reduce body weight and prevent weight gain

The Reishi mushroom contains several bioactive compounds. These compounds include specific polysaccharides, with triterpene being one of the active polysaccharide compounds of Reishi mushroom. It possesses potent anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic and hypolipidemic properties. Triterpenes from Reishi are associated with cancer cell death as well.

Chemical Constituents: more than 100 different highly oxygenated lanostanoid triterpenes, numerous bioactive polyglycans (polysaccharides), and a plethera of amino acids. The constituent concentration varies significantly between the different portions of the fruiting body (Hirotani and Furuya 1990). Quantitatively, the cap yields the richest source of triterpenes, followed by the stem, and then the spores. The underside of the outer layer of the cap yields a higher concentration of triterpenes than the other sections of the cap. Otherwise, the constituent pattern of the various layers of the cap is similar (Miyahara and others 1987).

Numerous studies have been done on the many related species of Reishi. Some are specific to one species or another, but all have shown significant immunomodulatory effects, powerful antoxidant activity, and inhibition of certain cancer cell growth. (see References for studies on this particular species Ganoderma tsugae)

Used to strengthen the immune system, the dosage is 30 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per day for 6 weeks at a time

To aid in reducing body weight and prevent weight gain, the dosage is 1/2 teaspoon per day for 6 weeks, then re-evaluate.

For therapeutic use, the dosage varies depending on the ailment, age, overall health, and condition of the consumer. Since a number of studies have been done with Reishi, it may be one that can be discussed with your healthcare provider to determine therapeutic use.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided here is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider and should not be construed to indicate that the use of this herbal product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this herbal product.

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