The Different Types of Ganoderma

Types of Ganoderma
Types of Ganoderma

Ganoderma is a kind of mushroom that grows on wood, made up of around 80 species in total. They mainly grow in tropical regions and have been extensively used in traditional medicine in many Asian countries. As for economic reasons, the mushroom is seen to have a lot of potential when it comes to bioremediation. This kind of mushroom can be differentiated from other polypore types since it has what is known as a double-walled basidiospore.

Ganoderma is also more commonly referred to as bracket mushrooms or shelf mushrooms. Its name comes from the Greek words ganos, which means sheen or brightness, and derma, which means skin. Hence, this mushrooms name translates to shining skin. Characterized by large, woody, perennial brackets known as conks, this mushroom is leathery and lignicolous and can come with or without stems. The fruit body of the mushroom generally grows out in a hoof-like or fan-like form on the trunks of both dead and living trees. Inner layers are ornamented in brown or yellow.

One of the species of Ganoderma is known as the Lingzhi mushroom. Also referred to as the reishi mushroom, the Lingzhi mushroom has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2000 years. It contains a number of health benefits and apparently has no side effects. When out in the wild, the Lingzhi mushroom grows on the bases and stumps of deciduous trees like the maple. Apart from Asia, the mushroom can be found in temperate and tropical areas in Europe, North and South America, and Africa. It's very hard to find Lingzhi mushrooms in the wild so it is instead cultivated in both indoor and outdoor environments.

It has been said that Ganoderma has been a trusted ingredient since Chinas Han dynasty, first documented in a poem by Zhang Heng. The mushroom's therapeutic effects and uses were also published in the Divine Farmers Classic of Pharmaceutics, relating that the red mushrooms treat chest tightness, improve heart qi, improve memory, and sharpen wit. Further research shows that it can also reduce cholesterol levels and ease allergies.

Since Lingzhi mushrooms are bitter and hard, they are not ideal for cooking. Instead, several species of the mushroom were used in traditional Asian medicine, particularly in China, Japan, and Korea. Collectively, it has been said that Ganoderma offers the following therapeutic benefits: anti-cancer effects; regulates immune processes; liver-protecting properties; anti-oxidant action; lowers blood sugar level; anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral effects; reduces blood cholesterol; inhibits the regeneration of blood vessels; protects against radiation damage; keeps lower urinary tract symptoms at bay; and boosts stamina for needed endurance for vigorous exercise.

Since species of Ganodermas have a good reputation for improving health, it didn't take too long before the benefits of the wonder mushroom was captured in an ordinary consumer product, coffee. Since a lot of people like their coffee, ganoderma marketing companies are a good way to let people enjoy their caffeine doses while at the same time doing something good for their health. You'll feel better after every cup.

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