Reishi mushrooms have been used since ancient times by Chinese healers. These mushrooms are used to treat simple issues such as fatigue, to more dangerous issues such as chronic high blood pressure. Since Reishi mushrooms are very high in nutritional value, they are able to provide the body with nutrients that are essential for our systems to thrive. These mushrooms contain fiber, protein, and high levels of amino acids. They also contain necessary vitamins such as vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin.
- The University of Macau and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention collaborated to test 19 nominal reishi mushroom supplements, and could only verify 5 as containing real reishi mushrooms.
- The joint study relied on highly sophisticated scientific testing methods such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and others, and was published in Nature.
- The low quality and lack of authenticity among the reishi mushroom products sampled suggests an urgent need for more transparency and better quality control.
“If you go back to ancient China, you’ll find that reishi mushrooms were being prescribed for all sorts of conditions, from simple fatigue to high blood pressure.”