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Organic Reishi (Fungi) Powder


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You don’t get a name like The Mushroom of Immortality without some huge cred behind you. Central to Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years, studies* suggest Reishi may help reduce inflammation and fatigue, whilst also positively enhancing the health of the immune system. We’re not just talking battling common colds.

This is fungi with true fight.

100g / Approximately 100 serves / $0.35 per serve / 3 Months Supply!


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WHAT IS THIS GEM and WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The Grove Organic Reishi is the Ganoderma Luicidum (Red Reishi) strain, its fruiting body grows like a little shelf on the side of dead logs. The Grove Rieshi has been grown organically away from harmful pollution and is certified by the USDA, it is carefully hand-harvested protecting both the fruiting body and the spores, it is then dried and ground into the whole powder we provide you here — you get the very best it has to offer. Not only that but it tastes great too, fungi without the fungus!
Reishi is classified by science as an IMMUNOMODULATOR: strengthening, balancing, supporting and regulating the immune system, optimising immune response, and, an ADAPTOGEN: helping the body adapt to stress. Reishi has been studied for many health benefits, for example; anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fatigue, DNA support, organ health (brain and liver), hormone balancing and cognitive performance. Reishi has been studied significantly for its anti-oxidant potential, which have lead to many health benefits including;
  • having been studied in conjunction with Cordyceps for their ability to aid athletes to perform better for longer with lessened fatigue,
  • the polyphenol and flavonoid antioxidants potentially aiding wound healing,
  • the polysaccharides (another group of anti-oxidants) potentially aiding the Immunomodulatory and anti-fatigue effects.

Reishi is a great all rounder of our Medicinal Mushroom/Fungi family, which has earned it the traditional Chinese name the "Mushroom of Immortality; elixir of life”, used throughout history by Emperors, Taoist monks and sages, not only for the various health benefits but also for balancing the bodies spiritual and negative energy, as well as calming the mind. The Chinese also calling Reishi "Lingzhi" meaning; ling "spirit, spiritual; soul; miraculous; sacred; divine; mysterious; efficacious; effective" and zhi "(traditional) plant of longevity".

Head over to the history tab for more about its origin, the science tab to delve into the research or the kitchen tab for some tasty recipes.

FUNCTIONS

Below are the subconscious bodily systems / functions that science has suggested may be nourished and supported, providing positive feelings.

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FEELINGS

Below are the positively impacted emotions / responses that science suggests we may consciously feel, supporting optimal performance.

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OUR REISHI

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Research suggests*

Immune support

Anti-oxidant

Anti-inflammatory

anti-fatigue

Nootropic

Blood sugar stability

Athletic Performance


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

ACTIVE COMPOUNDS

The Reishi nutritional profile is really quite impressive, containing approximately 400 different naturally bioactive compounds. Reishi’s main active ingredients, with the most health benefits and supporting research, are its Triterpenes and Polysaccharides which we mention frequently when we discuss the health benefits of Reishi under the science tab.
Mainly including:
  • triterpenoids,
  • polysaccharides,
  • nucleotides,
  • sterols,
  • steroids,
  • fatty acids,
  • proteins/peptides.
There are also trace elements such as:
  • zinc,
  • copper,
  • iodine,
  • selenium,
  • iron.

NUTRITIONAL PANEL

Serving Size: 1-3g per Serve
Ingredients: Organic Reishi (Ganoderma Luicidum) Fungi
 
  Per Serve (1g) Per 100g
Energy (kJ) 122.2kJ 1222kJ
Protien 0.19g 19g
Total Carbohydrate 0.35g 35g
- Sugars 0.0g 0g
- Fibre 0.14g 14g
Total Fat 0.08g 8g
- Saturated 0.01g 1g
Sodium 0.03mg 3mg
See "The Science" tab for links to the research plus more detailed information.

OUR REISHI

100% REISHI

NO Fillers

NO Additives

NO Preservatives

NON-GMO

Sugar Free

Dairy Free

Gluten Free

Vegan

Paleo


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

THE MAGIC OF FOOD SCIENCE

ANTI-OXIDANTS
The high anti-oxidants values within Reishi have many health benefits. Antioxidants play an important role when preventing the body from oxidising and thus put under more stress. Reishi has been shown to contain polyphenols, flavonoids and polysaccharides. (2, 5, 6, 15,

ANTI-OXIDANT (ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE)
Studies have shown that when Reishi is consumed with Ophiocordyceps, the body increased its ability to scavenge free radicals, reducing oxidative stress, which is great for athletes who are at risk of overtraining or overreaching in the lead up to an event. (5)

ANTI-OXIDANT (SKIN and HEALING)
Studies have indicated that Reishi, when water extracted and freeze dried, was high in anti-oxidants (polyphenols and flavonoids) and when applied to a wound it was shown to cause the wound to contract and increase the connective tissue of the cells—speeding up healing. The beta-glucan anti-oxidant polysaccharides contained in Reishi have also been attributed to potentially aiding wound healing / reduction. (3, 23)

ANTI-OXIDANT (DNA)
Reishi has been studied to protect DNA at low concentrations, but be careful not to over do it, as in high concentrations Reishi could be counter productive, everything in moderation after all. (19, 20)

IMMUNE HEALTH
Reishi's most analysed attributes – along with other medicinal mushroom’s / fungi – are their unique long chain carbohydrates that appear to have superb benefits to the functioning of the entire immune system.
Having a weakened immune system and excessive inflammation can have many negative health implications, and Reishi is a product that may modulate, improve, and protect the immune system—the system responsible for fighting off every disease including cancer—whilst at the same time potentially decreasing inflammation. Reishi's complex polysaccharides have also been shown to be significant in supporting the immune system.
Coupling compounds that may enhance immune system function and fight inflammation seems intuitive if you wish to feel and perform your best, and Reishi mushroom may naturally facilitate this—all on its lonesome.
Reishi has also been explored as a complimentary adjunct treatment to patients undergoing chemotherapy, showing that patients had the potential to respond positively when using Reishi in conjunction with chemotherapy, having positive impacts on immune function. Studies also suggest that if Reishi Extract is taken orally, it can help treatments aiming to reduce the spread of some cancers (obviously everyone is different, what works for 1 may not work for another - but every little helps, right?!).
Reishi also contains high levels of the anti-oxidants polysaccharides, beta-glucans, these are a significant compound in that they have been studied extensively in the support of immune function as well as being literature suggesting they may help in the treatment of; cancer, microbial infections, hypercholesterolaemia, and diabetes, not to mention theit activity in potentially activating the bodies natural killer (NK) cells. Beta-glucans from mushrooms are slightly different and more bio-available than those found in yeast or oats, which may be attributed to their effect being stronger. (2, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23)

HORMONES (IMMUNE HEALTH)
Specifically in relation to supporting the immune system and cancerous activity, Reishi has been suggested by science to manage testosterone and estrogen, in the case of both hormones, helping reduce cell growth. (13, 24)

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY (MOOD and ORGANs)
Since chronic inflammation is rather rampant in the 21st century, as too is the correlated fatigue and disease. Reishi's polysaccharides and triterpine compounds appear to act as anti-inflammatories within the body, suggesting the possible benefits of Reishi position it as one of the most significant tonic ‘herbs’ we have access to. It has also been suggested that it be researched for the use as a natural therapy against Crohns Disease (a type of inflammatory bowl disease (IBD)). (1, 8, 11, 12, 4)

ANTI-FATIGUE
Studies suggest Reishi mushroom has the ability to aid in treating fatigue, making perfect sense, since having a compromised immune system—giving disease a greater chance for survival—coupled with excessive inflammation can often implicate energy levels as the body has to work harder and so you feel less energised/fatigued. So by looking beyond fatigue as the symptom and paying attention to the cause, invariably the fatigue may be rectified. :) (2, 15)

ORGANS (BRAIN / NOOTROPIC)
Studies suggest that when incorporated in the diet, Reishi can have positive impacts in the function of the brain. (6, 10)

CIRCULATORY (SUGARS and CHOLESTEROL)
Adding Reishi spore powder to the diet has also been shown to aid in managing cholesterol and blood sugar. This could be beneficial for those suffering from type 2 Diabetes. (7, 15)

CIRCULATORY (ANTI-MICROBIAL)
Our lives are surrounded by microbes, they are tiny (microorganisms) which cause disease and fermentation—some good, some not so good. Obviously the not so good ones we want to keep in check for optimum health. The high anti-oxidant activity in water extracted Reishi have been shown to protect against blood oxidation, supporting its traditional use as an anti-microbial. (More tea vicar - in our best English Dawn French-esk accent?!) (1, 15)

No wonder the Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese all call it the Supernatural Mushroom.

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES*


FINDINGS

As with many things internet based, a lot of information is sourced by being copied and pasted, then some creative license is added, numbers made bigger or smaller depending, and boom you have a superfood or a superherb. We aim to collaborate with founded evidence and provide this evidence to you so that you can make up your own mind, we must also remember that everyone is different, everyone needs different things, one thing may work for 1 but not for another and their use is also impacted by a variety of other factors — we have not made assumptions we are giving you the information so you may make an informed choice.
Opposite are the studies we've found which are explained below, as new studies are released we will update them here.

We welcome constructive comments and dialects, encouraging you to send us a message via our contact page.


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

A SHORT HISTORY

Reishi is one of the oldest medicinal mushrooms in the Chinese medicinal world. Studied extensively with many varieties, names, stories and fables in its honor. But one thing that has been constant throughout history is its immune function and incredible healing properties.



HISTORICAL USES



It is said that the Chinese first recorded this mushroom as ‘zhi’ during the warring states period (475-221 BCE) where—in the book of han—it was referred to as the ‘Mushroom of Immortality; elixir of life’.

Emperors would send out parties in search of this great mushroom—but it was scarce—making it (when found) used primarily by royalty and the wealthy.
The book Shennong bencao jing (devine farmers classic of pharmaceuticals) written by the legendary inventor of agriculture—Shennong—defines ‘zhi’ into 6 categories of colour which were believed to benefit the bodies ‘Qi’ (life force) in different capacities:
  • qingzhi (green mushroom) = liver
  • chizhi (red mushroom) = heart
  • haungzhi (yellow mushroom) = spleen
  • baizhi (white mushroom) = lung
  • heizhi (black mushroom) = kidney
  • zizhi (purple mushroom) = essence
In 1596 Shennongs 6 ‘zhi’ categories were referenced again by Li Shizhen in his book where he classified Zhe as Xiancao (immortality herbs), and described chizhi as:

“It positively affects the life-energy, or Qi of the heart, repairing the chest area and benefiting those with a knotted and tight chest. Taken over a long period of time, agility of the body will not cease, and the years are lengthened to those of the Immortal Fairies.”

 Who doesn't want to feel like an immortal fairy!? :)

(Another classic and famous Chinese fairy tale ‘the white snake’ dipicts Reishi as the ultimate healing and spiritual herb).


The first record of this mushroom as the ‘Lingzhi’ Mushroom in Chinese, appears to have been first recorded during the Eastern Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE).
The word ‘Lingzhi’ is made up of 2 elements in Chinese:
  • Ling
    spirit, spiritual, soul, miraculous, sacred, divine, mysterious, efficacious, effective.
  • Zhi
    plant of longevity, fungus, seed, branch, mushroom, excrescence
Because of the varying Chinese meanings of ling and zhi, it makes the english translation difficult, but some have included:
  • Possessed of Soul Power,
  • Herb of Spiritual Potency
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  • Numinous Mushroom
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  • Devine Mushroom
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  • Devine Fungus
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  • Magic Fungus
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  • Marvellous fungus
, and the last one which is most commonly used or heard today,
  • Mushroom of Immortality.


The word ‘Reishi’ appears to be a Sino-Japanese language meaning ‘Immortality Plant’—there’s immortality again.
Chinese differentiates the different Ganoderma species into 2 groups:
  • Chizhi = red mushroom (Ganoderma luicidum)
  • Zizhi = purple mushroom (Ganoderma japoncium)


Within science the multiple species of Lingzhi are categorised as Ganoderma Luicidum, and Scientists are still currently researching the differences between the various kinds/species.


This ‘magic’ reishi mushroom has also been dipicted in art, pottery, buildings and sculptures of gods and immortals, sybmolising divinity, longjevity and good fortune.
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THE LIFE OF REISHI



Reishi grows in dead trees, producing the spectacular red fruiting bodies that we consume. It is quite possibly one of the most powerful tonic ‘herbs’ we have access to, and just so happens to be one of the safest foods in the world. Plus, because Reishi grows on dead logs, it can easily be grown organically and accredited.

 At The Grove we have gone to great lengths to obtain the highest quality Reishi product for you, our Reishi has been grown in China as close as possible to how nature intended, and carries the USDA Organic certification for growing, harvesting and processing.

 


Reishi has to be imported as it cannot be grown in Australia due to laws surrounding specific Fungi, there are also strict rules regarding its importation, see below for full details.


Farming



The Reishi Mushroom is organically grown in sustainable greenhouses, in China’s eastern Shandong province. In perfectly managed temparature and humidity. 
The fruiting body is then carefully harvested with scissors and washed with drinking water ready for processing.

Processing

The Reishi is then dried further via machine, then crushed, sifted and ground to a powder. 
The powder is then treated to conform with AU Department of Agriculture importation requirements.
 Once complete the powder is bulk packaged ready to send to The Grove HQ.

Importing

The product is then put on a ship and sails to Australia.
 It is quarantined and then released to The Grove HQ.

Packing

Once it arrives at The Grove HQ we carry out quality control checks and repackage it ready for you.


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

GET IN THE KITCHEN

There are many ways to consume tonic mushrooms. Traditionally, they are made into a tea with hot water. We add the powder to our coffees, smoothies, chocolate, raw snacks and even our soups!
See recipes by visiting our In The Kitchen blog that contain Reishi Mushroom, or Reishi Mushroom as part of our beautiful Mushroom Complex.

OUR REISHI

100% REISHI

NO Fillers

NO Additives

NO Preservatives

NON-GMO

Sugar Free

Dairy Free

Gluten Free

Vegan

Paleo


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.
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    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 05:12 reply
    I received the grove's thoughtfully wrapoed package yesterday with great anticipation. I had been plagued by anxiety and a feeling of ungroundedness which I know good Reishi can help heal. After two cups Of hot water, 1/2 tsp maca and honey with 1g of Reishi extract each I was feeling my old self again. I organised my apartment, went for a walk, planned the coming day, had a deep sleep and went for a run in the morning. I really want the grove to succeed as we need this quality OF healing foods to be widely available in order to succeed as a society.

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