Reishi Mushroom

The Mushroom of Immortality

There are over 2,000 different kinds of edible mushrooms all around the world, some more well known than others. With names like Shiitake, Oyster, Portobello or just plain White Button mushrooms. But out of all of the edible and medicinal mushrooms that have been discovered, there is one that stands out way above the rest of them all. The king of mushrooms, the Reishi mushroom. 

The Reishi mushroom has been documented in ancient texts as being a very potent and divinely powerful fungi. Several sources claim the fungi can be traced back as far as 4,000 years.

“I thought a forest was made up entirely of trees, but now I know that the foundation lies below ground, in the fungi,”

  • Derrick Jensen

Medicine Fit For An Emperor

 In China, the Reishi mushroom is commonly known as Ling Zhi. Reishi, the title by which most people are familiar with, is in fact a Japanese interpretation of the oldest Chinese name, Ruizhi (meaning auspicious) mushroom. Reishi mushroom was considered the most important mushroom by the ancient Taoists, the founders of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This polypore fungus meaning that instead of gills it has small tubes, like pores, through which it releases it’s spores, belongs to the genus Ganoderma which includes about 80 species or so of fungi. The Red Reishi is possibly the most researched variation and according to the research, possibly the most potent, therapeutically speaking. 

It grows naturally on the base and on stumps of specific hardwood trees both dead and living. Only two or three out of ten thousand trees in specific areas are infected with Ganoderma lucidum and show the typical fruiting bodies. Reishi has been called the “queen of mushrooms” and ” mushroom of immortality”, and for good reason since it’s long reverence as a miracle elixir of the days when it was reserved for use only by emperors and other royalty in ancient China. In the original textbook of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reishi was ranked amongst 365 healing plants and fungi. The Reishi mushroom is considered to be a great anti-oxidant, anti-viral, ant-bacterial, radio-protective, anti- inflammatory, anti- cancer and immunomodulatory fungi, with properties that expand beyond these mentioned. It has the ability to boost the body’s immune system to protect it against pathogens like viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Even if and when pathogens are not present, an optimally functioning immune system will dramatically increase your overall health and wellness, to the point where you can witness the effects of aging being reversed.

The compounds found in Reishi work both externally and internally to keep you feeling great and looking young by reducing dermal oxidation, which is when proteins on the skin are damaged, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging, and by protecting your DNA and mitochondria from oxidant damage, allowing you to remain energized, alert and feeling refreshed. Researchers have isolated over 400 chemical compounds from Reishi, more than 140 of these being Triterpenes. Triterpenes are a collective powerhouse of immune system strength and protection. Triterpenes alone have shown to improve sleep, depression, anxiety, weak nerves, focus, and have shown to positively effect liver health, brain function, the immune system, the Nervous system, digestion and the body’s blood pressure and circulation. One of the most remarkable qualities of triterpenes research in the scientific field is their cytotoxicity against cancer and tumor cells. Cytotoxic refers to a substances or process which results in cell damage or cell death. The term is often used to describe chemotherapy drugs used to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy and radiation are considered to be cytotoxic, so the fact that triterpenes have been seen to show cytotoxicity suggests that the Reishi mushroom may be a profound vehicle of exploration for natural treatment and prevention of cancer cells. 

Reishi has also been tied to a reduction in allergies and histamine reactions related with asthma. Stress can bring about a great imbalance to our being and body. Elevated levels of stress can lead to changes in the level of certain biological constituents such as hormones (in this case stress hormones) including prolactin, glucocorticoids and growth hormone. This asymmetry associated with chronic stress is known to suppress immunity by directly affecting cytokine profiles.  Cytokines are communicatory molecules produced primarily by immune cells, and of which there are three classes, proinflammatory cytokines, Th1 cytokines and Th2 cytokines. Th1 cytokines mediate cellular immunity by stimulating natural killer cells and cytotoxic T immune cells that target intracellular pathogens. Th2 cytokines mediate humoral immunity by stimulating B cells to produce antibodies which targets extracellular pathogens. The body is considered to be in a state of “balance” when there is a constant movement between Th1 and Th2 immune states in a 24 hour period. However, when chronic elevation of the humoral immune response is prolonged it is known as a “Th1 to Th2 shift”. In this modulation, the pattern of cytokines has shifted from an anti-viral, anti- bacterial, and ant- parasitic pattern to an inflammatory repairing pattern but does not return to a Th1 state  within 12 hours as usual. This chronically elevated, proinflammatory immune response is termed a Th2 immune state. Allergies and asthma are actually considered Th2 conditions, these histamine mediated allergic responses that are prolonged Th1 to Th2 shifts. Things such as stress and chemical exposure undoubtedly weaken the body’s ability to protect and defend itself.  Not through impairing the cellular immune response ( Th1 and the ability of the body to recognize and destroy foreign bodies) but through leading to a chronic elevation of the humoral immune response ( Th2; a proinflammatory state, which normally predominates in case of local wound healing or histamine mediated allergic response).

Recent clinical studies have established that certain medicinal mushrooms, like the Reishi, can rebalance the Th1 and Th2 states, thereby undoing and reversing the “Th1 to Th2 shift”.

Two of Reishi’s most prevalent triterpenes are sterols and ganoderic acids. Sterols have been shown to lower cholesterol by impending the absorption of cholesterol in the body, helping to improve blood circulation and heart health, and have also proven in medical studies to increase life spans by more than 10 %. Ganoderic acids have shown to improve oxygen flow, boost liver functionality and effectively inhibit histamine response, thus greatly helping those who experience seasonal allergies.  



Real Mushrooms


Real Mushrooms is a top leading brand of organic mushroom extracts in the North American market, with the driven purpose of providing the mass public with high quality medicinal mushroom extracts. Real Mushrooms put emphasis on the term “real” because is has been brought to our attention that lots, if not most of the so called “mushroom” products that are made available on the market, especially online, do not contain the mushroom fruiting body but the mycelium that is grown on grains. 

Manifested through family relations, Real Mushrooms first began after a deep discussion between Skye Chilton, the founder of Real Mushrooms, and his father Jeff Chilton. The Chilton family is deeply imbedded in the sector of mushroom cultivation. Jeff Chilton is a foundational figure in the mushroom market of North America as Jeff was one of the first to bring mushroom extracts to the North American market and organized the first organic mushroom growers workshop in China back in 1996. He has over 40 years of mushroom growing experience and is also the founder of Nammex, the leading suppler brand of organic mushroom extract ingredients to supplement companies in the North American region. Since 1989 Nammex has pioneered the development and manufacture of mushroom extracts for the health and wellness industry.

Real Mushrooms takes pride in what they are and in what they have to offer. Quality ingredients should always be the most desirable as they should obviously promote greater efficacy and safety. At The Garden In The Jungle we have learned that not all  mushroom products are made alike. We’ve learned that the mushroom market of North America is dominated by products that rarely contain the actual fruiting body that is the mushroom, or these products are never actually made with any part of the fruiting body at all but instead contain mycelium that is grown on grain. These products are commonly marketed as “mushroom” products yet they contain no mushrooms at all. To make matters worse, at times, the grains are not even separated from the mycelium and so the products are mainly the grain that the mycelium is growing on. This kind of marketing technique and business model is a big finger to mushroom lovers and enthusiasts everywhere. Very few of the important medicinal compounds found in these mushroom fruiting bodies remain in these products since the bulk of the product is grain. This thievery is not just of our pockets but of our health and development. 

A Better Source For Real Mushrooms

Mushroom cultivation for health product ventures in North American when compared to China, has proved to be not very economical for the producer. Mushrooms used for dietary supplements are rarely grown in North America because it is too expensive. In actuality, China is the leading supplier of mushrooms worldwide and supplies over 85% of the worlds mushrooms. China is one of the very few paces where you can get 100% organic mushroom fruiting body extracts that can be sold at an affordable price. This is a big reason why its noteworthy to keep in mind that any mushroom products made in the United States are typically not made from mushrooms but mycelium.


Mushrooms have a rich history in the past time of China. The cultivation of mushrooms for culinary and medicinal purposes dates back over thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Some of the most revered species of mushrooms that can be considered foundational to Traditional Chinese Medicine such as the Reishi, shiitake, cordyceps and turkey tail mushrooms have long been used with traditional herbs to treat a variety of ailments like insomnia, fatigue, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Over time, as the many years went by, the Chinese developed an instinctive expertise in mushroom cultivation compared to the rest of the world. China grows a wide variety of medicinal mushrooms at a scale that can’t be replicated in North America. 

We take pride in being in association with Real Mushrooms, just as they take pride in providing genuine mushroom extracts of the highest quality. They use, exclusively, the mushroom fruiting body in all of their products. No mycelium and no grains. All of the extracts provided by Real Mushrooms are from the leading supplier of organic mushroom extracts, the aforementioned Nammex. With over 40 years of mushroom growing experience, Nammex was one of the first companies to bring organic mushroom extracts to North America. Their ingredients go through rigorous quality control and are tested twice for heavy metals, agricultural chemicals and microbial contamination to ensure that they meet all standards for dietary supplements of this kind. All of their extracts are made from certified organic mushroom fruiting bodies, organically grown or wildcrafted from the mountainous regions of China.  

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