Ingredient in Focus: Ganoderma

Ingredient in Focus: Ganoderma

ganoderma mushroom
English common name:
    Other common names:
      Accepted scientific name:
      Ganoderma spp.
      Ganoderma lucidum (Curtis) P. Karst
      Ganoderma lingzhi Sheng H. Wu, Y. Cao, and Y.C. Dai

      Ganoderma are a type of bracket or shelf fungi found in the wild as a facultative parasite consuming wood decay. The woody fruiting bodies, brackets, are referred to as conks.

      Species of the Ganoderma genus have received much attention and praise throughout history as a longevity medicine able to preserve physical and cognitive health. 

      Ancient herbalists observed ganoderma consuming wood decay on living trees in healthy, old-growth forests, and believed consuming these fungi might purged decay from an aging body allowing generation of new, healthy tissues. Long-term regular use was prescribed to preserve or restore youthful vigor and cognition, lift and stabilize mood, and improve skin and hair heath. 

      The potential benefits of ganoderma are attributed to amino acids, proteins, polysaccharides, and triterpenes found in the mycelium, primordium, fruiting body and spores. These benefits include:

      • Physical strength and performance
      • Cognitive function
      • Gut microbiota health and balance
      • Gastrointestinal motility
      • Immunity
      • Stress tolerance
      • Mood stability
      • Sleep quality
      • Skin and hair health

      Ganoderma fruiting body is featured in Tok Support, combined with mulberry twig, ginseng, astragalus, and atractylodes. All ingredients are highly respected in traditional herbalism for the support of health and wellness to promote longevity. 

      These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This blog does not replace professional health advice.

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