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What are reishi mushrooms?

Reishi, or lingzhi mushrooms belong to the genus Ganoderma, and this edible fungus is usually referred to by its scientific name in peer-reviewed publications. As a polypore mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum has a distinctive red cap. Reishi mushrooms are 100% vegan and have incredible antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and these benefits allow ganoderma to prevent heart disease, and even your run-of-the-mill cold without compromising your dietary restrictions.

  • Daily supplementation with reishi mushrooms may also decrease your overall disease risk
  • Has immunomodulatory benefits that help prevent disease
  • Appears to also have antioxidant, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and plenty of other benefits

Why we love reishi mushrooms

The reishi (or Ganoderma) mushroom is one of the most popular new health products on the scene today. Used for millennia in Eastern medicine, the reishi mushroom appears to have a variety of beneficial effects, and unlike many Western medicines, it doesn’t appear to have any negative effects. Once we learned about the incredible benefits of reishi mushrooms, we knew we needed to include the powdered form of this fungus in our Feel Multivitamin™.

Ganoderan B is one of the most bioactive components of reishi mushrooms, but it appears that the entire mushroom is highly beneficial in both powdered and raw forms. With your Feel Multivitamin™ delivered to your door, you can add the benefits of reishi mushrooms to the incredible ingredients that are already available in our next-generation daily supplement capsule.

Unbelievable benefits of reishi mushrooms

The benefits of reishi mushrooms appear to be practically endless. Here are a few of the most notable beneficial effects of this natural healing substance:

Immune-Boosting Benefits

Ganoply is a reishi mushroom extract, and a study found that the administration of Ganoply improved immune responses. Reishi mushrooms appear to have a wide variety of different effects, but all of them seem to centre around modulation of the immune system. Ganoderma appears to reduce oxidative stress via immune-related functions. Overall, reishi mushrooms can be seen as immune boosters, and the myriad of other benefits that these fungi offer all spring from this central benefit nexus.

We've included 25mg of Reishi Mushroom in Feel Immunity, perfect for effectively supporting your health all year round.

Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory Benefits

A recent Italian study investigates the reported anti-inflammatory properties of these natural fungi. Inflammation is an immunological function, so it stands to reason that an immune booster should also reduce inflammation.

This research notes that “Ganoderma lucidum extracts can significantly inhibit the release of IL-8, IL-6, MMP-2 and MMP-9,” which means that they reduce the expression of known pro-inflammatory compounds. It stands to reason that this reduction of inflammatory activity also occurs when healthy people consume reishi mushrooms.

Other Benefits

There are so many reported benefits of reishi mushrooms that it’s hard to fit them all into one article. In addition to the benefits we’ve already listed above, it also seems that ganoderan B helps with diabetes, and ganoderenic acid A was found to help with liver and gastric injuries. What’s more, reishi mushrooms even seem to help men with the symptoms of lower urinary tract conditions. It appears that reishi mushrooms contain tons of different components that each have their own beneficial effects, and research is ongoing to develop better methods of isolating the various constituents of the Ganoderma mushroom.

Are reishi mushrooms water-soluble or fat-soluble?

Since reishi mushrooms are not vitamins or minerals, they absorb into your system the same way as food. Even in its powdered form, Ganoderma absorbs into your system differently than vitamins or minerals, so it can’t be said that this Feel Multivitamin™ ingredient is either fat-soluble or water-soluble.

Where can reishi mushrooms be found naturally? Common sources of reishi mushrooms:

You can either consume reishi mushrooms in their raw form, enjoy them cooked, or ingest the powdered form of reishi mushrooms in a daily multivitamin capsule.

What is the recommended daily value for reishi mushrooms?

At this point, there is no NRV for reishi mushrooms since this substance is not considered to be an essential nutrient. In actuality, it’s unlikely that reishi mushrooms will ever reach the status of an essential nutrient due to the fact that Ganoderma is neither a vitamin nor a mineral. Rather, this fungus will remain in the “superfood” class; substances that are not traditional nutrients but nonetheless have impressive nutritional value.

Ganoderma’s main function in the body is as an antioxidant, and some essential vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, essentially only have antioxidant functions. At the same time, however, Ganoderma is a large, complex organism. Naming reishi mushrooms as an essential nutrient would be like labelling navel oranges as an essential nutrient.

Can you absorb enough reishi mushrooms from food?

The only way to enjoy the benefits of reishi mushrooms is to consume these fungi orally in one form or another. However, reishi mushrooms are not a common component of Western diets, which means that you have to go out of your way to eat this superfood.

If you want to eat fresh reishi mushrooms, it’s likely that you’re out of luck, and it can be hard to find out which online Ganoderma stores you can trust. Here at WeAreFeel, we scoured the market until we came across the best powdered reishi mushrooms money can buy, and that’s what we included in your brand-new, updated version of Feel Multivitamin™.

Why are reishi mushrooms necessary for your body?

Reishi mushrooms supply the body with antioxidants that it can’t get anywhere else. While it’s normal to use the term “antioxidant” broadly, the fact remains that this single term simultaneously refers to millions of different types of compounds that all serve the purpose of reducing your oxidative stress. Different types of antioxidants have different functions, and some antioxidants can only be sourced from certain foods.

Your body needs antioxidants to keep oxidative stress in check. Oxidative stress is a natural function that your body uses to grow and change, but too much oxidation-related chaos can harm your DNA, cause tons of different kinds of diseases, and take years off your life.

Making sure you consume lots of different kinds of antioxidants helps your body put together a comprehensive defence against oxidative stress. Some of the antioxidants found in reishi mushrooms don’t exist in any other substances that science has discovered, which means that these fungi are the sole sources of some of the rare, microscopic, and free-radical-fighting superheroes you need to complete your collection.

Functions of reishi mushrooms

Immune modulation: Ganoderans exert a wide variety of immunomodulatory effects. These fungi can reduce chronic inflammation, prevent illness, and harmonize a variety of other immune functions.

Antioxidant action: By reducing oxidative stress, reishi mushrooms protect tissues throughout your body. This antioxidant action slows the ageing process.

Systemic benefits and disease prevention: Various studies have indicated that ganoderans help with diabetes, liver injuries, urinary tract conditions, and a wide range of other conditions.

Symptoms of reishi mushrooms deficiency

Reishi mushrooms are not an essential mineral, which makes it impossible to become deficient in this superfood. 

Overall, deficiency in antioxidants can speed up damage to cells,  increases disease, and reduces quality of life. The more antioxidants you consume, the longer you’ll live, the healthier you’ll be, and the better you’ll feel. That's why we've included an additional antioxidant in our Feel Multivitamin™ in the form of Reishi mushrooms. 

How long do you need to take reishi mushrooms to start experiencing its benefits?

Reishi mushrooms are generally easy to ingest whether they are in powdered, raw, or cooked form. Therefore, the ganoderans and other substances present in these fungi rapidly absorb into your tissues, and within a matter of hours, you should start to note the benefits of consuming reishi mushrooms. These benefits will sink in over time as your body becomes accustomed to the potent antioxidant boost you receive every day with your capsule of Feel Multivitamin.

Consistency is key and our research recommends taking your Feel supplements for at least 3 months to allow your body to adjust and provide the desired benefits

How long does it take for your body to digest/absorb reishi mushrooms?

Since reishi mushrooms are highly digestible, there are few obstacles to the total absorption of the active ingredients in these fungi once they enter your digestive tract.

How long do reishi mushrooms stay in your body after you take it?

Some of the substances present in reishi mushrooms are fat-soluble, which means that they remain in your body for a considerable amount of time. Other, water-soluble ingredients, however, will be removed from your system relatively rapidly.

Are reishi mushrooms antioxidants?

Yes, reishi mushrooms contain unique compounds called ganoderans, which are among the most potent antioxidants ever discovered.

Can you overdose on reishi mushrooms? What are the effects?

There are no known cases of overdose on either isolated ganoderans or reishi mushrooms in their powdered, raw, or cooked forms. Keep in mind, however, that eating too many raw or cooked mushrooms can cause gastric distress.

Do reishi mushrooms dissolve, flush out, or build up in the body?

Most of the components of raw or cooked reishi mushrooms are digested and excreted normally. Some fat-soluble compounds present in Ganoderma may stay in your body for a while.

Can you take reishi mushrooms during a diet?

Since reishi mushrooms are vegan and gluten-free, they are cleared for most dietary sensitivities. Always consult with an allergist if you are concerned that you may have an allergy to fungi.

Are there synthetic forms of reishi mushrooms?

There are no known efforts to synthesize the ganoderans present in reishi mushrooms.

Why might synthetic forms of reishi mushrooms be better?

Currently, Ganoderma is easy to cultivate in laboratory conditions. It’s theoretically possible that synthesizing ganoderans may be more cost-effective.

Absorption rate of synthetic reishi mushrooms

No data are available on the current status of ganoderan synthesis efforts.

Why might natural forms of reishi mushrooms be better?

Reishi mushrooms are currently the only sources of ganoderans available on the market.

How to take reishi mushrooms

You can consume reishi mushrooms raw, cook them into food, or ingest powdered reishi mushrooms in capsule form.

Reishi mushroom trends in medicine

Recently, Ganoderma was studied in relation to memory benefits in mice. The researchers concluded that “Ganoderma lucidum has physostigmine like effect on brain acetylcholinesterase (AchE) activity,” which means that it helps mice perform complex tasks. These results seemingly indicate that Ganoderma can improve cognitive issues in people as well.

Why everyone should be taking WeAreFeel supplements

WeAreFeel is the only supplement brand that recognises the incredible benefits of next-generation ingredients like reishi mushrooms. The status of human knowledge of nutrition is anything but static, and we have to keep up with the times if we want to heal our bodies and live forever.

Feel Multivitamin contains 9mg of powdered reishi mushrooms to ensure that you get the benefits of the amazing antioxidant ganoderans contained in this ancient Eastern medicine.

Always count on WeAreFeel to change what’s possible in the supplement game, and remember that reishi mushroom powder is only one of the many incredible vegan ingredients that we’ve added to Feel Multivitamin™.

Here’s the Proof

  1. Beta-glucuronidase-inhibitory activity and hepatoprotective effect of Ganoderma lucidum.
  2. Studies on the immuno-modulating activities of Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) polysaccharides: functional and proteomic analyses of a fucose-containing glycoprotein fraction responsible for the activities.
  3. Effects of Ganoderma lucidum Extract on Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting in a Rat Model
  4. Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi)
  5. Randomised clinical trial of an ethanol extract of Ganoderma lucidum in men with lower urinary tract symptoms.
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About the author
Katie Hipwell - Katie is an AfN Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with a specialism in food and is Head of Nutrition at Feel. Katie has worked in the food supplement industry for 10 years. She has completed a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and an undergraduate degree in BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition.
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