NP Nutra announced it has produced a new certified organic Reishi 4:1 extract, perfect for use in capsules, tablets and powdered supplements.
Known as the “mushroom of immortality,” Reishi has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine where it has been used for over 2,000 years to promote rest, relax the mind, enhance vital energy, support memory and support the respiratory system.
The bioactive Reishi fungus contains important minerals like potassium, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, iron and zinc, as well as all the essential amino acids, especially lysine and leucine. Also present are a variety of polysaccharides and triterpenes, which are bioactive compounds with possible beneficial effects on liver health.
Studies have shown these components to also be useful in promoting digestive well-being and, for some individuals, helping maintain blood glucose levels already in the normal range. Evidence also suggests that these compounds may be helpful in boosting the immune system and may discourage oxidative damage by free radicals. The triterpenes in particular may also help maintain blood pressure and cholesterol levels already within normal range.
Reishi mushroom has a woody, bitter flavor so it is usually taken in the form of capsules and tablets. NP Nutra’s fine, free flowing powder lends itself particularly well to tablet and capsule applications. In China, where it is known as lingzhi or “supernatural mushroom”, Reishi is traditionally taken as a tea. Throughout Asia, there is a thriving niche market for herbal coffee blends and the Reishi-coffee blend leads this sector. The bitterness of Reishi combines particularly well with the flavor of the roasted coffee beans and provides a healthy boost. Reishi powder is also popularly added to dry cereal mixes and soup mixes to add extra nutritional value.