Fungi Royalty – The Immortal Power of Reishi Mushroom

Thursday, 19 December 2019 | Journey

‘The Mushroom of Immortality’ has a reputation for longevity that’s as solid as the Queen’s. And while Reishi mushroom may not see you immortalised on a twenty-dollar bill, being in the know about this medicinal mushroom will leave your health feeling just as prosperous. 


What is Reishi Mushroom?

Reishi mushroom is a fungus. But it’s far more than your everyday button mushroom from the supermarket.

Reishi, or Lingzhi as it’s known in China, was once reserved for only those who could afford it. Think privileged royalty. 

This limited distribution strengthened Reishi’s reputation as a potent remedy that is as prized for its health-giving properties today as it was by the Chinese 2,000 years ago


The History of Reishi Mushroom 

Reishi is known as ‘The Mushroom of Immortality’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is considered a symbol of success, well-being, divine power, and longevity.

Images of this fine fungi have adorned everything from furniture to carvings since around 1400 AD. It even made the leap into apparel and detailed woman’s accessories. 

Fashion and décor aside, the traditional applications of Reishi include supporting vital energy, memory support, and healthy aging. These powerful actions were documented in Ben Cao Gang Mu, primarily considered to be the first pharmacopeia in China.

Reishi’s powerful reputation remains active today. According to the State Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China (2000), Reishi replenishes Qi and eases the mind

Inevitably, word of Reishi’s superpowers spread to the West. 

Scientific studies proving Reishi’s powerful immune-balancing effects only served to enhance its popularity, as well as lending credibility to Reishi’s reputation as a tonic for health and longevity.


The Benefits of Reishi Mushroom 

Alongside its value as an energetic tonic, Reishi possesses unique balancing properties that help balance the immune system. 

Used in TCM as an adaptogen (a herb that helps promote resilience and balance in the body), Reishi boosts immunity during times of depletion and chronic stress, and dials down immune responses when they’re in overdrive. 

Reishi also helps protect the liver and has antioxidant properties, important to give modern-day consumers some much-needed protection. 

Being able to provide a nourishing tonic effect to the whole body while fine-tuning immunity boosts overall resilience and gives credit to Reishi’s reputation as ‘the mushroom of immortality.’ 


So, how to choose a Reishi Mushroom supplement?

Reishi’s unique properties lie in the presence of polysaccharides, the immune-balancing actives responsible for balancing the immune response as needed. 

How much Reishi mushroom you need to take depends on the presence of these polysaccharides. 

Because of Reishi’s immune-balancing abilities it can be taken for long term immune system care and is especially indicated during times of chronic stress and lowered immunity. 

Each capsule in Manuka Health’s Immune Guard contains 1,500mg Reishi mushroom (containing 40% polysaccharides), 50mg New Zealand Propolis, nature’s powerful antioxidant, and 5mg of the essential immune mineral zinc. 

This unique combination provides a daily tonic for resilience and immune support particularly during times of stress or low resistance.

Now that you know all about Reishi Mushroom you can rest assured you’re taking a supplement fit for royalty. 



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