Reishi has been studied for some interesting and powerful possibilities:
1) Supporting the immune system and calming nature.
2) Antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties (always useful right?).
3) Fighting allergies and asthma (it's the triterpenes that help).
4) Protecting against viruses and infections.
5) Defending tumor growth and cancer.
6) Reputed to support Jing, Qi AND Shen.
Reishi is a Tonic Herb: Reishi is what's known as a tonic herb. Tonic herbs are herbs that promote health and healthy aging through regular consumption. When I can get it, and I am in good health, I consume Reishi every day.
The Reason People Choose Reishi Spores: - Triterpenes (adaptogenic properties) - Hormonal Balance - Relaxing / calming effects - See Note below for a warning on Reishi spores.
How do Reishi Spores Taste: - Reishi Spores slightly nutty / earthy - Reishi fruiting body - bitter, kind of like black coffee strength. (great added to coffee or used like a coffee) - If you like sweet tastes, adding a little stevia or honey, nut milk and organic cacao - delicious hot choc!
Traditional Chinese Medicine Functions of Reishi: Calms the Spirit and Tonifies the Lung qi
Directions for Reishi Spores: 1/2 to 1 tea spoon once or twice per day. Mix with warm water and drink as a tea. Add to smoothies if you like but I LOVE to drink it in warm water to really taste it.
Note on Reishi Spores: One very small study found that people with existing stomach cancer did not react well to Reishi Spores but may react well with Reishi Fruiting body.
Ganoderma lucidum spore induced CA72-4 elevation in gastrointestinal cancer: a five-case report. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24282100
A methanolic extract of Ganoderma lucidum fruiting body inhibits the growth of a gastric cancer cell line and affects cellular autophagy and cell cycle. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24892846
Science time: Triterpenoids from the spores of Ganoderma lucidum https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3271404/
Antitumor activity of the sporoderm-broken germinating spores of Ganoderma lucidum.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12048161
Anti-tumor effects of Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) in inflammatory breast cancer in in vivo and in vitro models. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23468988
Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Expression of Key Molecules in Inflammatory Breast Cancer https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3201987/
Chapter 9 Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757/
The dual roles of Ganoderma antioxidants on urothelial cell DNA under carcinogenic attack. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18550308
(More info on Reishi and Reishi spores can be found on this blog post)