Ganoderma is a type of mushroom which grows on wood and includes about 80 species, majority of which are from tropical region. For thousands of years, several species of Ganoderma have been used as medicine in most Asian countries, particularly China, Japan and Korea.
Ganoderma is composed mostly of a complex carbohydrate plant compound known as triterpeniods, water soluble polysaccharides, amino acids and proteins. Triterpenes, also known as ganoderic acids, are another substance found in Ganoderma. Studies have shown that triterpenes act like anti-histamine which are known cure for allergies. Triterpenes have a bitter taste, and oftentimes, you can determine the level of triterpenes in a product by how bitter it is.
In ancient times Ganoderma was only reserved for Kings and was considered an expensive and rare commodity. Nowadays, technological discoveries have enabled ganoderma to be farmed, making it more affordable and accessible. Ganoderma can either be vacuum packed cultivated using chemicals or cultivated in log wood. The log wood cultivation method is usually more expensive, but found more potent due to the higher concentration of active components.
Some companies grind the Ganoderma into a powder form while others invest in more complex technology to extract ganoderma itself. Choose Ganoderma extract with spore powder for better results or even better look for Ganederma Spore that has the cell wall broken which enables better absorption of the health giving nutrients.
Also known as Reishi, the Chinese refer to Ganoderma as spirit medicine and was used to promote longevity. Scientists have also discovered that ganoderma is a powerful health tonic and are effective as a preventive medicine against any health problems and strengthen the bodys immune system. This magic potion is also believed to help reverse some of skin ageing and sun-damage. Up to this day, scientists are continuously researching and studying other health benefits of ganoderma.
Currently, research on Ganodermas effects and therapeutical benefits on the following are still being undertaken by scientists worldwide:
- Anti-carcinogenic and anti-oxidant effects
- Protection against liver disorder
- Effects on blood circulation
- Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral effects
- protection against radiation-induced damage
- against lower urinary tract symptoms