Called the mushroom of immortality in ancient China, Reishi is the most revered herb in all of Classical Chinese and Japanese medicine. Used daily as a tonic in ancient China and Japan, modern research has focused on the use of Reishi extracts for immune support and supporting liver health.*
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Reishi mushroom extracts are frequently used by mountain climbers to prevent altitude sickness and are contained in many of the performance enhancing herbal formulas used by Chinese athletes.*
Mushroom Science Reishi Super Strength extract is the most potent Reishi supplement available in North America, and we take a number of steps to ensure this is the case.
The first step use to use the fruit bodies, not the mycelium. Reishi mycelium does not contain any triterpenes. Only the mushroom contains triteripenes which is why we use the mushrooms to make our extract.
Because the levels of active compounds in Reishi mushrooms can vary significantly from strain to strain within the species, the scientists and herbalists at Mushroom Science developed a proprietary strain of Reishi that delivers significant and consistent levels of all the active compounds, including the triterpenes that support liver health.*
Mushroom Science's organic Reishi mushrooms are also grown on solid wood, not rice. Growing Reishi mushrooms in their natural environment allows us to produce an extract of unmatched quality.
Mushroom Science also uses a two-step extraction process; first hot water extraction to extract the polysaccharides that contain the beta glucans, and then a second step using ethanol (alcohol) and hot water together to extract the triterpenes, guaranteeing that we capture all the active compounds needed to deliver the health benefits Reishi is famous for. The presence of triterpenes in the final extract is essential to delivering the health benefits reported in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in the published research.
This very difficult extraction process we use, which is absolutely essential when making a therapeutically effective extract, may be why Mushroom Science is the only mushroom company in North America that lists guaranteed levels of active compounds on the label of every mushroom supplement we sell. Given that the scientific community has been testing for the triterpenes and polysaccharides in Reishi extracts for a number of decades, and that there are two test methods for measuring polysaccharide levels published in the research, it is curious that other mushroom companies refuse to list the levels of active compounds on the labels of their Reishi supplements.