Besides being pretty (the shiny round structure always makes us feel so zen!), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushroom has long been revered in Eastern Cultures and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The mushroom grows on trees throughout forests in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States, and can reach lengths of up to eight inches in diameter!
The so-called “Mushroom of Immortality” is one of the most celebrated mushrooms and can be found in many ancient formulas as well as modern supplements - it was even traditionally regarded as a symbol of success, well-being, divine power and longevity. As an adaptogen - a class of herbs and mushrooms that help your body to overcome and adapt to physical, chemical and biological stress factors - Reishi, which contains polyphenol antioxidants, polysaccharides, polypeptides, can help support the immune system, reduce stress and provide balance and support focus.
As we look for more gentle and naturopathic ways to manage our everyday stresses, modern researchers have undertaken studies to demonstrate beneficial effects of Reishi mushrooms on immune system support as well as it’s mood boosting effects, so it is no wonder that this fungus is growing rapidly in popularity.
In our formulas, we only use high quality fruiting body (a.k.a the parts that we commonly recognize as being above ground) Reishi mushroom extract, which is carefully and patiently harvested and then water extracted to ensure we only deliver pure mushroom without fillers or grains. The extract is standardized to consistently deliver the same benefits with each batch.
Since the benefits of Reishi are so vast (and since it is our favorite mushroom!), we use it in two of our formulas: For our Mood lozenges, we combine it with Maca root and lychee rosewater flavor for stress support and uplift‡ and in our Defend lozenges for immunity‡ , we’ve combined it with Vitamin C to help you always stay ready to conquer your day!
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