|Red Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a rare mushroom that has been used in Japan and China for over 2,000 years and revered by emperors and royalty for its effective but safe medicinal benefits. It was classified as an herb of superior class.1, 6
Various compounds, including polysaccharides, triterpenoids (ganoderic acid), proteins, and phenols, can be extracted from the fruiting bodies of Red Reishi. Synergistic effects of these compounds have been linked to a range of therapeutic effects for 5, 6, 7:
What are the active ingredients of Red Reishi?
Polysaccharides - modulate immune system, protect inner wall of stomach and anti-oxidation
Triterpenoids and Phenols
Bottom part of mature
Red Reishi's cap with spores
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