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Introducing Ganoderma

An ancient Chinese remedy...improved

Ganoderma lucidum, also known as Reishi, is an ancient Chinese remedy that has captured the attention of modern science.

In nature, in its unprocessed form, it appears like a shiny cap that is shaped like a fan.


Ganoderma is one of the many "longevity" mushrooms used in Chinese medicine.

Over 400 different bioactive compounds have been found in it.

Traditionally, it was used to help with inflammation.

It was also used to help promote sleep, but some people report that they find it stimulating.

Modern scientific experiments indicate that it might have the potential to lower blood pressure, inhibit allergic response, boost the immune system and promote healing of the liver and kidney.

None of these tests are conclusive or proven on humans so you should always consult your physician before consuming any supplement.

Who should not take it?

People who have overactive immune systems and conditions related to an overactive immune system should be especially careful because Ganoderma is believed to stimulate the immune system. So for people with diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and even allergies immune boosters like Ganoderma are contraindicated.

How do you consume it?

Ganoderma is available in powder and tincture. Also, more and more Ganoderma is being included as an ingredient in other products.

One company Organo has mixed it with popular drinks like coffee, cocoa and tea.

- The Real Food Channel

This is NOT medical advice. Consult with your physician before starting any supplement.

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