Key Differences Between Reishi Spore Powder and Reishi Extract

While my Cracked Cell Reishi Spore Powder and Duanwood Reishi Extract both offer many potent health benefits, many wonder about the differences between the two products.

The key difference to understand is that the Duanwood Reishi Extract is derived from the entire mushroom’s fruiting body, after the mushroom (which is grown organically on hardwood) has been allowed to go through its full lifecycle. Toward the end of its lifecycle, the reishi mushroom produces spores as means of reproducing itself. Hyperion’s Cracked Cell Reishi Spore Powder is produced by harvesting these spores, and cracking their cell wall for optimal bioavailability in the body.

Simply put, the extract is made from the entire reishi mushroom, while the spore powder is made from reishi’s reproductive spores. Let’s take a look at the unique benefits of each product:

Cracked Cell Reishi Spore Powder Benefits:

  • Higher concentration of triterpenes
  • More ganoderic acids and oils
  • Rich in micronutrient compounds and fibers
  • Supports the immune system
  • Aids sleep
  • Reduces stress
  • Anti-fungal and Anti-bacterial effects
  • Improves blood pressure, circulation
  • As the “seed” of reishi, can act as both a Jing/Shen tonic

Duanwood Reishi Extract Benefits:

  • Much higher concentration of beta glucans
  • Much higher concentration of polysaccharides
  • Slightly stronger immuno-modulatory effect due to the compounds listed above
  • Ability to protect and heal the liver
  • Relives stress and fatigue
  • Improves circulation
  • Protects against free radicals, radiation, environmental stressors/toxins
  • Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties
  • Quintessential Shen tonic


It’s important to realize that these are both high quality products derived from the same amazing plant. Thus, while it’s helpful to understand the key differences, deciding which product to take isn’t necessarily an either/or question. The products are not mutually exclusive and can be used together to realize the full spectrum of benefits reishi can offer. In sum, both products are good and only stand to benefit your overall health.

To learn more, take a look at the Duanwood Reishi Extract and Cracked Cell Reishi Spore Powder product pages.

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