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Spores have the highest concentrations and greatest variety of triterpenes
and other compounds which are associated with anti-cancer effects.
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Spores vs mushroom body – Both the mushroom body and the spores contain a variety of triterpenes, polysaccharides and other bio-compounds which are associated with anti-cancer effects. The spores contain triterpenes and polysaccharides different to those found in the mushroom body; they are considered to be more potent because these compounds are more concentrated in the spores.  However, recently in 2014 scientists are able to isolate the therapeutic bio-compounds from the mushroom body and concentrate them into powder form – they have been able to concentrate these up to 50 times.  Making the combination of both spores and mushroom concentrated extracts the most potent and the most therapeutic.

The mycelium part of the mushroom – the underground part of the whole mushroom is the least potent with minimal to no triterpenes. 

Quality – many cheap imitations – Many commercial Reishi products from the US and China alike, are bulked up with fillers, fibers and dead and useless spores, despite claims on the labels. If the price is low, the contents of a bottle are not likely to be pure Reishi mushroom body or spores. It takes 10,000 kilos of Reishi mushrooms to make 10 kilos of spores, which inevitably results in costly products.  And, it takes 50 kilos of Reishi to make 1 kilo of extracted bio-compounds from the mushroom body itself.

Source – is important for potency - A recent scientific study (Lu et al, Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology 2012) found that Reishi containing the greatest diversity and numbers of therapeutic compounds come from central China. This is also the area in the world where Reishi mushrooms grow naturally in the wild. Various environmental factors – such as temperatures, the type of woodland, and particular qualities of water and air – produce the most potent Reishi.

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Ganoderma and chemotherapy/radiotherapy – Clinical studies have shown that adding Reishi to chemotherapy/radiotherapy treatment enhances the efficacy of the drugs and reduces their toxicity, and the side effects associated with them. (ref: )

Prophylactic Use – Long term prophylactic use is known to enhance immunity. In China, Reishi is known as ‘the mushroom of immortality’ - doctors encourage taking a daily dose to achieve a ‘long and healthy life’, and especially for those who have a family history or have experienced a serious disease.

This website presents an up-to-date selection of the most important Ganoderma research discoveries of recent years, with a focus on cancer research.