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Nature's Temple / Reishi


(Ganoderma lucidum)

Parts Used: Mushroom

Active Constituents:

Reishi is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Reishi that have anti-tumour, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.

Another major active ingredient found in Reishi are triterpenes , called ganoderic acids.  Studies indicate that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions. Triterpenes are bitter in taste and the level of the triterpene content contained in a product can be determined by the bitterness.

The low total fat content and high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids relative to the total fatty acids of mushrooms are considered significant contributors to the health value of mushrooms.

Main Actions:

  • Immune modulating
  • Enhancing
  • Anti-tumour
  • Adaptogen (alters the processes of the body to return it to normal)
  • Tonic
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiviral
  • Nervine
  • Relaxant
  • Stimulant
  • Anti-allergic

Major Safety Issues:

  • None known.