THE SCOOP ON GANODERMA
Ganoderma is an herb that comes from the Reishi mushroom. Many herbs are taken for different medicinal purposes but ganoderma surpasses them all. Thus named the “King of Herbs,” it is packed with powerful antioxidants and offers multiple health benefits. In the US, this herb has not reached a level of popularity where it could be called well-known. If someone is asked if they have heard of ganoderma in this region of the world, it would not be surprising for the response to be, “gano-what?” Even spell-check - a tool trusted and utilized by people in all walks of life - does not contain the word ganoderma. Ganoderma does have a proven track record, though; it has been used in traditional Asian medicine for over 4,000 years.
A FEW OF THE MANY HEALTH BENEFITS FROM GANODERMA
- Supports and builds the immune system
- Improves blood circulaton
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Oxygenates the body
- Boosts stamina
- Increases the level of antioxidants in your body that fight free radicals
The Internet is full of information on the health benefits of ganoderma. One interesting and very important effect the herb has is balancing the pH level in the body. The fluids in the human body can have either acidic or alkaline (base) properties. The pH (potential of hydrogen) level in the body is measured by the ratio of acidic-alkaline on a scale of 0 to 14 (0 being most acidic and 14 being alkaline or base). Ideally, the body should be in a neutral state, but leaning toward an alkaline state, a little above a value of 7. Too much acid in our system causes the body to become chemically unbalanced which has negative effects on our health. Ganoderma works to neutralize the acids in the body and brings the body closer to this alkaline state.
Further research on the herb reveals that there are different forms of ganoderma. Trying to understand the differences between the forms of ganoderma can be a challenge.
THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF GANODERMA
The contents of ganoderma vary at different stages of the mushroom’s growth. As a result, ganoderma is havested at its different stages of growth for use in various products. The three forms are ganoderma mycelium, ganoderma lucidum and ganoderma spores.
- GANODERMA MYCELIUM
Ganoderma mycelium is a product of the reishi mushroom when it is in root form. At this stage of its growth, it is only 18-21 days old. In this stage, it contains a high concentration of organic germanium and polysaccharide. Ganoderma mycelium has positive effects on the human brain and is also an immune system enhancer.
- GANODERMA LUCIDUM
Ganoderma lucidum is a product of reishi mushroom when in its mature state. It reaches this state after 90 days of growth. This is a long list of health benefits associated with the mushroom in this form. To name a few, ganoderma lucidum is an anti-allergen, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. It also balances the pH levels in the body and has a regenerating effect on the skin.
- GANODERMA SPORES
Ganoderma spores are like the seed of the mushroom. Once the spore is cracked, its health benefits can be reaped. Organo Gold has a patented technology that allows them to crack the spore to yield the maximum benefit. Ganoderma in this form is 17 times more powerful than ganoderma lucidum and is rich in polysaccharides, triterpenes, Organic germanium and selenium.
HARVESTING OF GANODERMA
The way ganoderma all forms of ganoderma are grown and harvested is essential for a quality product that you can gain the most benefit from. It can be grown in plastic bags in a controlled lab environment or it can be grown on logs, the way it grows in its natural environment. Since plastic bags are an unnatural way to grow the mushroom, it is unable to produce spores. Organo Gold grows ganoderma in its natural form on logs.
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