What is Reishi Spore Powder?
Reishi spores are essentially the “seed” or “pollen” of reishi mushroom. It takes about 1000 kg of reishi fruiting bodies to produce 1 kg of the spore powder. The nutritional profile of the powder is rich in amino acids, triterpenes, beta-glucans, and polysaccharides that are vital to reishi for effectively “sporing” or reproducing. While all reishi derivatives are medicinally rich and uniquely beneficial, the spores are regarded as a powerful Jing tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine and have been well researched due to their concentration of naturally occurring triterpenoids.
What are Triterpenes?
Triterpenes, or triterpenoids, are hydrocarbons that naturally occur in plants and fungi and have been functionalized for their array of medicinal uses. The spores of reishi mushroom contain higher levels of triterpenes than the fruiting body itself, which makes reishi spore powder an approachable delicacy among other reishi supplements.
Benefits of triterpenes may include:
- Immune system support
- Sleep aid and stress-resistance
- Improved gut health and digestive
- Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
- Enhanced nervous system function
- Improved blood pressure and circulation
- Jing/Shen tonic
Adaptogenic King of Immunity
Reishi contains all sorts of intricate compounds that could be balancing to many different systems in the body, earning its stripes as a powerful adaptogen. Immunity is not as simple as not “catching the bug that’s going around.” It’s your body’s ability to thrive in changing and increasingly toxic environments through the support of all systems – from breath to circulation, to sleep, to overall peace of mind. Due to the dynamic and modulating functions of polysaccharides and triterpenes, reishi anchors immunity at the root with a systematic approach. This means you’re not only more resistant to sickness and disease, but you’re detoxing, breathing deeper, sleeping more soundly, moving lymph and blood, regulating digestion, and absorbing more nutrients. To further, triterpenes extracted from reishi have been observed in studies* to protect your actual DNA from radiation. Reishi approaches immunity proactively in every sense.
A reishi that can do both…
Reishi is traditionally revered as a Shen tonic. We are born with a full tank of “Jing” – which is considered our life essence, the charge on our battery. As you age, Jing slowly depletes, but Shen begins to cultivate. Shen is our spirit, or heart mind – the wisdom of our souls and spiritual connection that is thought to be at its peak at the end of your life. Reishi is one of the most revered shen tonics in all of Chinese Medicine for its ability to help connect us with our spirit, ground us, and is often used as a meditation aid. As the seed of reishi, the spores act as both a Jing and Shen tonic. With this remarkable profile, it is unique in Chinese medicine and thought to promote longevity and wisdom.
What is ‘Cracked Cell,’ and Why is it Important?
Bioavailability is a word to remember when looking for supplements. Our bodies can only translate certain types of nutrients from organic substances due to indigestible “walls” or enzymes that naturally occur. Our reishi spores’ cell walls have been cracked at a 99% efficacy to unlock the key to all the beneficial medicinal constituents inside. The process used to do this is low-heat and non-damaging to fully optimize and protect the collateral natural compounds. Without performing this key process, reishi spores would pass through our system un-absorbed.
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