The Reishi mushroom goes by a couple of different names. Scientifically, it is known as Ganoderma lucidum, but you might also hear it called Ling Zhi or even “the mushroom of immortality.” That’s a pretty big claim for a small mushroom. But it’s true that the Reishi mushroom has been revered for thousands of years in China and historically used in Asian countries for health and longevity.
Reishi mushrooms are adaptogens, support mental clarity, which is something everyone wants more of, and Reishi has been shown to have “hepatoprotective properties,” which is the scientific way of saying that it helps protect the liver. It also improves sleep and lessens fatigue. Think of Reishi as nature's Xanax.
This fungus is native to Europe, Asia, and North America and prefers tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates with plenty of deciduous hardwoods such as oak and maple. Some people describe it as "tough" and "woody" with a bitter taste. The above-ground part and portions of the below-ground parts are used as medicine.
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