What is Reishi? (Chemical Components)

Yet another Monday….hope you’re not all over taken by the usual blues….Just a quick post this time round to give us all better understanding of the main chemical components of Reishi or by its scientific name Ganoderma Lucidum.

For the nerd in you...just in case you're interested...

Active components include:

Organic Germanium
This rare mineral helps to improve blood circulation, eliminate fatigue, enhance energy, strengthen immune system and discard toxins.

Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
Effective for antioxidant, anti-free radicals and anti-ageing. It slows down the ageing of cells and promotes rejuvenation.

Polysaccharides
Effectively reduce unwanted cholesterol level, neutralize fats, strengthen immune system and suppress cancerous cells.

Triterpenes (bitter substances)
Also known as Lingzhi acid. It helps to improve gastro-intestines functions, for anti-allergy, anti-inflammation and anti-tumor.

Adenosine Monophosphate (AMP)
It can dissolve thrombus and remove blood vessel blockage. Excellent for improving condition of high blood pressure, stroke, heart vessel blockage and numbness.

It is however important to note that not all Ganoderma is the same. The methods of cultivation method produces different Ganoderma grade with varying level of active components. Additionally, the methods in which the Ganoderma is extracted plays a part as well.

Simply put, you can easily get the cheap ones for 5-10 dollars in the sinseh (TCM) shops, but it will certainly be questionable how effective it would be. I’ll just use an analogy for this….If I get a DIY table from IKEA(no offense to IKEA….I do like IKEA), I know for sure it will not last me a lifetime. On the contrary, if I wanted something that lasts a lifetime, I would be paying good money for carpentry work done on the table. Ultimately, I tend to believe you get what you pay for.

*All information is summarized from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov website.*

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