WTF is reishi?

Our “WTF” series will focus on one elusive health term that maybe you’ve heard of but never fully understood. So, please, allow us to clear things up and break it all down for you.

Lingzhi. Ganoderma lucidum. Reishi. Ring any bells? These are all names for the most magical (in a healthy way) mushroom of all, and its health benefits are truly profound.

The reishi mushroom has been deemed “queen healer,” the “mushroom of immortality” and the “medicine of kings.” Even though there are over 2,000 species of the mushroom, it is so rare that only about two or three out of the 10,000 aged and dead plum, guercus serrata and pasonia tree trunks that it grows upon will actually produce any at all. The most potent varieties of the six that have been studied are red, black and purple.


The reishi mushroom is well-known in scientific communities for its (reportedly) incredible ability to prevent cancer, eliminate cancer cells, inhibit cancer cell growth and reduce the size of tumors — naturally. But that’s not all. Reishi mushrooms are also used for their health benefits in the areas of longevity, immune support, allergy relief, inflammation, healing the liver and neurological health. They are kind of like the “Jack of all trades” in the mushroom world, and, lucky for humans, they are available for consumption in a variety of forms, including powders, capsules, teas and tinctures. This means that no matter how one prefers to ingest their superfoods, they’re covered.

They’re also seen to give you a longer life!

Reishi mushrooms are awesome for your immune system.


Reishi may help heal the liver

And help keep your brain healthy

Because the medicinal properties of reishi mushrooms are so well known (after all, they’ve been around for thousands of years), there are a variety of brands to choose from when it comes to purchasing them as a supplement. Two of the most trusted and highly recommended brands are Sun Potion and Host Defense, both of which are sold in the majority of big and small health food stores.