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Black Reishi Mushroom, Ganoderma Formosanum - 12cc Gourmet Mushroom Liquid Culture Grow Kit with grow bag or 80mm Petri Dish

Black Reishi Mushroom, Ganoderma Formosanum - 12cc Gourmet Mushroom Liquid Culture Grow Kit with grow bag or 80mm Petri Dish

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Strain Information 

 Ganoderma Formosanum Mushroom

Black Reishi Mushroom, Ganoderma Formosanum


Black Reishi (Ganoderma formosanum) is a rare polypore mushroom used for its medicinal properties.

Substrate: Hardwood sawdust
Colonization/Fruiting Temperatures: 70-80F/65-75F

Ganoderma sinense is a black to purplish-black or dark brown species of Ganoderma native to China, Japan and Taiwan where it can be found growing on the decaying wood of broad-leaved trees and pine stumps. It is used in traditional Asian medicine, where it is known as zizhi (紫芝, purple Ganoderma) in Chinese.

Ganoderma sinense was erected as a species in 1979 by J.D. Zhao, L.W. Hsu, and X.Q. Zhang, distinguishing it from Ganoderma dimidiatum (formerly Ganoderma japonicum) by morphology. In traditional Chinese medicine, G. sinense has wide applications, as it is believed to strengthen the body’s immune system and disease response while regulating metabolism and normalizing organ function. Diseases treated by G. sinense involve respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, endocrine and immune systems, including internal, external, gynecological, pediatric and dermatological diseases. It is also believed to be useful for platelet-aggregation and as an anti-thrombotic, hepatic-protective, antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-radiation agent.  In 2010, a G. sinense polysaccharide tablet was approved by China’s State Food and Drug Administration for use as an adjunctive therapeutic drug for treating leukopenia and hematopoietic injury caused by concurrent chemo/radiation therapy during cancer treatment

Benefits of Reishi Mushroom (Plus Side Effects and Dosage)

Eastern medicine makes use of many different plants and fungi. Interestingly, the reishi mushroom is particularly popular. It has a variety of potential health benefits, including boosting the immune system and fighting cancer. However, its safety has recently come into question.

What Is the Reishi Mushroom?

The reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderma lucidum and lingzhi, is a fungus that grows in various hot and humid locations in Asia.  For many years, this fungus has been a staple in Eastern medicine.   Within the mushroom, there are several molecules, including triterpenoids, polysaccharides and peptidoglycans, that may be responsible for its health effects.  While the mushrooms themselves can be eaten fresh, it is also common to use powdered forms of the mushroom or extracts that contain these specific molecules.  These different forms have been tested in cell, animal and human studies.

1. Boost the Immune System

One of the most important effects of the reishi mushroom is that it can boost your immune system.  While some details are still uncertain, test-tube studies have shown that reishi can affect the genes in white blood cells, which are critical parts of your immune system.  What’s more, these studies have found that some forms of reishi may alter inflammation pathways in white blood cells. Research in cancer patients has shown that some of the molecules found in the mushroom can increase the activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells.  Natural killer cells fight infections and cancer in the body.  Another study found that reishi can increase the number of other white blood cells (lymphocytes) in those with colorectal cancer.

Although most immune system benefits of reishi mushroom have been seen in those who are ill, some evidence has shown that it can help healthy people, too.  In one study, the fungus improved lymphocyte function, which helps fight infections and cancer, in athletes exposed to stressful conditions. However, other research in healthy adults showed no improvement in immune function or inflammation after 4 weeks of taking reishi extract.   Overall, it is clear that reishi impacts white blood cells and immune function. More research is needed to determine the extent of the benefits in the healthy and ill.

SUMMARY

Reishi mushroom can enhance immune function through its effects on white blood cells, which help fight infection and cancer. This may occur primarily in those who are ill, as mixed results have been seen in those who are healthy.

2. Anti-Cancer Properties

Many people consume this fungus due to its potential cancer-fighting properties.  In fact, one study of over 4,000 breast cancer survivors found that around 59% consumed reishi mushroom.  Additionally, several test-tube studies have shown that it can lead to the death of cancer cells.  Some research has investigated if reishi could be beneficial for prostate cancer due to its effects on the hormone testosterone.  While one case study showed that molecules found in this mushroom may reverse prostate cancer in humans, a larger follow-up study did not support these findings.  Reishi mushroom has also been studied for its role in preventing or fighting colorectal cancer.  Some research showed that one year of treatment with reishi decreased the number and size of tumors in the large intestine. What’s more, a detailed report of multiple studies indicated that the mushroom can beneficially affect cancer patients

These benefits included increasing the activity of the body’s white blood cells, which help fight cancer, and improving quality of life in cancer patients. However, researchers state that reishi should be administered in combination with traditional treatment rather than replacing it.  What’s more, many of the studies of reishi mushroom and cancer were not high-quality. Because of this, much more research is needed

SUMMARY

Although reishi mushroom appears to hold some promise for cancer prevention or treatment, more information is needed before it becomes part of standard therapy. However, it may be appropriate to use in addition to normal care in some cases.

3. Could Fight Fatigue and Depression

Reishi’s effects on the immune system are often most emphasized, but it has other potential advantages as well.  These include reduced fatigue and depression, as well as improved quality of life.   One study examined its effects in 132 people with neurasthenia, a poorly defined condition associated with aches, pains, dizziness, headaches and irritability.  The researchers found that fatigue was reduced, and well-being was improved after 8 weeks of taking the supplements.  Another study found that fatigue was reduced, and quality of life was improved after 4 weeks of taking reishi powder in a group of 48 breast cancer survivors. What’s more, the people in the study also experienced less anxiety and depression.  While reishi mushroom may hold promise for people with certain diseases or illnesses, it is not clear if it would benefit those who are otherwise healthy.

SUMMARY

Some preliminary studies have shown that reishi mushroom could decrease anxiety and depression as well as improve quality of life in those with certain medical conditions.  In addition to its effects on the immune system and quality of life, reishi mushroom has been studied for its potential to improve other aspects of health.

4. Heart Health

One 12-week study of 26 people showed that reishi mushroom may increase “good” HDL cholesterol and decrease triglycerides.  However, other research in healthy adults showed no improvement in these heart disease risk factors.  Moreover, a large analysis demonstrated no beneficial effects for heart health after examining five different studies containing around 400 people. The researchers found that consuming reishi mushroom for up to 16 weeks did not improve cholesterol.  Overall, more research is needed in regard to reishi mushrooms and heart health.

5. Blood Sugar Control

Several studies have indicated that molecules found in the reishi mushroom can decrease blood sugar in animals. Some preliminary research in humans reported similar findings. However, the majority of research has not supported this benefit. After evaluating hundreds of participants, researchers found no benefits for fasting blood sugar.  Mixed results were seen for blood sugar after meals. In some cases, reishi mushroom lowered blood sugar, but in other cases, it was worse than a placebo.  
Again, more research is needed here as well.

6. Antioxidant Status

Antioxidants are molecules that can help prevent damage to your cells.  Because of this important function, there is substantial interest in foods and supplements that can enhance antioxidant status in the body. Many claim that reishi mushroom is effective for this purpose.  However, several studies have found no change in the levels of two important antioxidant enzymes in the blood after consuming the fungus for 4 to 12 weeks).

SUMMARY

A small amount of research has shown that reishi mushroom could improve good cholesterol or blood sugar. However, the majority of the research indicates that it does not improve cholesterol, blood sugar or antioxidants in the body.  The highest doses are seen when someone consumes the mushroom itself. In these cases, doses may range from 25 to 100 grams, depending on the size of the mushroom.  Commonly, a dried extract of the mushroom is used instead. In these cases, the dose is approximately 10 times less than when the mushroom itself is consumed.  For example, 50 grams of reishi mushroom itself may be comparable to approximately 5 grams of the mushroom extract. Doses of the mushroom extract vary but typically range from approximately 1.5 to 9 grams per day. Additionally, some supplements use only certain portions of the extract. In these cases, the recommended doses may be much lower than the values reported above.  Because the suggested dose can vary widely based on which form of the mushroom is used, it is very important to know which type you are taking.

SUMMARY

The dose of reishi mushroom varies based on the form of the fungus, so it is important to know which form you are using. Consuming the mushroom itself provides higher doses, while extracts provide lower doses.

The Bottom Line

Reishi mushroom is a popular fungus used in Eastern medicine.  It may boost the immune system through its effects on white blood cells, particularly in people who are ill, such as those with cancer.  This fungus may also be able to decrease the size and number of tumors in certain types of cancer, as well as improve quality of life for some cancer patients.  Most human research has shown that it does not improve cholesterol, blood sugar or antioxidants, but it may be effective at reducing fatigue or depression in some cases.


LAB CREATED PRODUCTS SINCE 2005

All our mushroom cultures are only one to two transfers away from the 1st generation mother culture to ensure a vibrant, healthy, and fast-growing product.  Each liquid mushroom culture syringe contains 12 cc's of mycelium suspended in a nutrient broth solution or commonly referred to as a liquid culture. Unlike many vendors, our cultures do not contain honey, we use a special clear recipe so you can see exactly what you're getting. Your mushroom culture is guaranteed to arrive 100% viable and completely contamination-free ready to inoculate a substrate of your choice.  You may use your LC Syringe right away or store it in its mylar container in the refrigerator for 12 months or longer! 


Your order with us today will contain: 


(1) sterile 12 ml syringe with locking cap of Ganoderma Formosanum Mushroom.

(1) mylar syringe sleeve for long-term storage.

(2) alcohol pads.

(1) 18-gauge needle.

(1) Small grow bag

24K Gold Infusion (see below)

 

As far are we know, there is no proven study that has determined pure gold helps to promote fungi growth....we have done our own studies and have concluded that in side-by-side tests, over 6 months, it does. We add 24K gold flakes to certain products we sell, so if you see little gold flakes or nuggets in your product, this is NOT contamination. 24K gold is non-toxic and edible.  You have to see this product to believe it, some call it a breakthrough in fungi development...not sure if we would agree with that, but we think we have a pretty good product here.

We add 24K Gold to all our products! 

As far are we know, there is no proven study that has determined pure gold helps to promote fungi growth.... we have done our own studies and have concluded that in side-by-side tests, over 6 months, it does. We add 24K gold flakes to certain products we sell, so if you see little gold flakes or nuggets in your product, this is NOT contamination. 24K gold is non-toxic and edible.  You have to see this product to believe it, some call it a breakthrough in fungi development...not sure if we would agree with that, but we think we have a pretty good product here.

Worldwide shipping makes us the most turned to mushroom culture producer/distributor in the world. If you can’t find it in your country, we have you covered, and our shipping time is considerably less than what you may expect. 

Shipping & Returns

We use USPS priority 2–3 day mail for US orders and Priority International (2-10 days) for the rest of the world. All orders have a tracking number, and we always use discrete shipping methods and know-how to ship items overseas, we have over 15 years of experience doing so, trust us, you will get your order no matter where you live.

We have a 30-day return policy for all products we sell on our website, we do not offer money back returns. We will gladly replace any defective item if it’s returned within 30 days of purchase, but we will not issue refunds for spore related products.

Dimensions

Syringes and grow kits are shipped in 9x6x1 padded eveevploes with hot/cold weather inserts and in mylar long term storage sleeves. Larger items are sent in 6x6x6 boxes or larger, fully insulated and wrapped in bubblewrap.

Care Instructions

You may store our syringes in the refrigerator for up to 12 months in the included mylar storsgr sleeve. Agar plates and slants maybe stored for years in a dark cool environment.

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