Yellow Reishi mushroom is native to the Southeastern United States. Yellow Reishi mushrooms are naturally found in the same types of habitats as Ganoderma lucidium (Reishi). They enjoy growing on decaying stumps and roots.
Yellow Reishi, Ganoderma curtisii
The Yellow Reishi mushroom is a polypore mushroom that is nearly identical to the Red Reishi mushroom with regards to growing habits, genetic make-up and medicinal use. This polypore bears a marked resemblance to Red Reishi and generally has a stipe, sometimes lacking the characteristic red to purple varnished appearance that Red Reishi possesses.
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Grows on hardwood stumps and logs including oaks, elms, beeches, maples, and more.
Reishi is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Reishi that have anti-tumour, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.
Another major active ingredient found in Reishi are triterpenes , called ganoderic acids. Preliminary studies indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions. Triterpenes are bitter in taste and the level of the triterpene content contained in a product can be determined by the bitterness.
Reishi is a polypore mushroom, meaning that instead of gills it has small tubes (like pores) through which it releases its spores. It grows annually at the base and on stumps of specific hardwood trees, in particular maple and oak.
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