What is the difference between Reishi powder and Reishi extract?

The most important factor of any medicine is related to the bio-availability of the compounds inside the medicine. There is a compound in the mushroom cell wall, called Chitin, which our digestive system struggles to digest. When you consume a mushroom powder (whole dried mushroom powder), the Chitin may leave you with an uneasy feeling in your stomach. In some cases, Chitin causes severe nausea and headaches in people who consume raw mushrooms.

When the water soluble compounds are extracted using hot water, the nutrient/medicinal value increases dramatically. When extracting the solvent-based compounds from the Reishi mushroom using ethanol, the values increase 29 fold. Our new Reishi Double Extract combines both the water and ethanol extract, thus giving you a 100% bio-available product in its purest form.

Reishi mushroom powder is made from dried Reishi that is finely ground. It is extremely difficult to grind Reishi into a powder, so almost all fine Reishi powder is imported from China.

After testing imported Reishi powder, we have found that there is very little to no active ingredients in the powder, leading us to believe that the actives have been extracted for other products for the pharmaceutical companies and the bio-mass is ground and sold to unsuspecting clients as “Ground Reishi Powder”. 

Hot water extraction helps break down the Chitin in the cell wall of the mushroom so that polysaccharides/glucans and other water soluble compounds are released. Extracted compounds are far more active than dried powder. 

Alcohol extraction allows for all the solvent based compounds to be extracted, like Ganoderic acid and around 150 triterpenoids…among others. Alcohol extraction increases the potency by 29 fold. 

In conclusion…extracted compounds are far more effective than dried mushroom powder. Both polar and ethanol extractions have specific functions in the body and using both together is by far the better choice. With that said, the alcohol must be evaporated from the extraction so that no trace of alcohol is left behind, as alcohol is a registered Neuro-toxin.

Our Double Extract is pure extract from the fruit body of Antler grown Reishi. It contains no alcohol and is completely water soluble and bio-available. It is the first pure Reishi mushroom Double Extract product in South Africa and soon to be proven as the most active extract in the world.
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