Why is Reishi PERFECT just before going to bed?
Reishi possesses remarkable properties that contribute to an all-encompassing sense of relaxation throughout the day. It is known to aid in calming the nervous system, bolstering the immune system, and encouraging restorative sleep.
Tell me more about DIRTEA Reishi
Reishi, often referred to as the Queen of Mushrooms, is renowned for its tranquilizing properties. This exceptional mushroom is excellent for relaxation, unwinding, and centering oneself. It aids in promoting deep, restorative sleep while simultaneously bolstering immune health and enhancing the body's innate defensive mechanisms.
Calm & Sleep
Reishi, stands out as one of nature's most calming treasures, celebrated for its ability to foster tranquility and enhance sleep quality. The significant presence of triterpenoids in this mushroom powder, responsible for its distinct bitter flavor, are functional compounds that potentially benefit our parasympathetic nervous system. These compounds are key in promoting serenity and improved sleep quality, leading to the adage that the more bitter the Reishi, the better the benefits!
Reishi is abundant in polysaccharides and beta-glucans, complex carbohydrates recognized for their properties that enhance immune function. Additionally, the presence of triterpenoids in Reishi may further contribute to supporting immune health.
What is the History?
Reishi held a revered position in ancient Chinese culture, where it was known by various esteemed titles such as the "Mushroom of Immortality" and the "Elixir of Life." This mushroom was traditionally believed to foster longevity, boost vitality, and augment spiritual wellness. The earliest records of mushroom cultivation trace back thousands of years in East Asia. Additionally, Reishi is recognized as a Shen tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, "Shen" refers to our spirit and "higher consciousness," symbolizing the divine aspect within everyone.
Navigating the realm of mushroom extracts can often be a daunting experience. Imagine walking into a health store and being greeted by an extensive array of options, spanning different brands and forms. The sheer variety can make it challenging to discern which product to choose, or even to understand the key attributes that set one mushroom apart from another.
Furthermore, it might come as a surprise to learn that not all functional mushroom extracts are created equal, leading to significant variations in potency.
In our blog, we delve into the critical aspects to consider when selecting the right mushroom extract. Our aim is to provide comprehensive guidance, ensuring that you make a well-informed decision for your health and well-being.
Contrary to what the name might imply, DIRTEA mushrooms stand out as the epitome of cleanliness, purity, and potency. Rest assured, there is nothing unpleasant or 'dirty' in your mushroom extract.
This is precisely why our products adhere to the highest quality standards.
1. RESEARCH YOUR FUNCTIONAL MUSHROOM SPECIES
Understanding your reason for searching for the right mushroom extract is key. Before delving into the world of mushroom extracts, clearly define your wellness objectives.
Most functional mushrooms contain high amounts of the same vitamins and minerals, but they also offer diverse health benefits, and each species has its unique set of properties. Our mushrooms include:
Reishi is mainly known for supporting immune health and for its calming effects, which may promote better sleep
Lion’s Mane is recognised for its potential brain-boosting properties and possibility to enhance focus
Chaga is believed to provide a natural boost of energy and support immunity due to the vast amounts of antioxidants it contains
Cordyceps is often used for energy improvement and exercise performance
Tremella is known for its ability to hydrate the skin, and encourage the natural production of collagen
2. CONSIDER THE EXTRACTION PROCESS
The extraction process of functional mushrooms is crucial in order to unearth the real benefits hidden inside. Our bodies cannot break down and absorb all nutrients from mushrooms that are raw or cooked. Common methods of extraction include hot water extraction, alcohol extraction, and dual extraction. At DIRTEA, we use a dual extraction process, which combines both hot water and alcohol extraction. It is preferred as it captures a broad spectrum of beneficial compounds from the mushrooms.
3. CHECK WHETHER IT IS 100% FRUITING BODY OF A MUSHROOM
The fruiting body of a functional mushroom contains the highest level of beneficial compounds. As functional mushrooms are expensive to grow and cultivate, many brands opt for using parts of the mycelium along with some of the fruiting body. At DIRTEA, our mushrooms are from 100% fruiting bodies. One of the most notable benefits of the fruiting body is that it contains the highest amounts of beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are a type of polysaccharide, a complex sugar found in the cell walls of mushrooms. Beta-glucans are known for their immune-modulating properties.
4. ORGANIC PRODUCE
Like any fruit or vegetable, organic is always preferred. And mushrooms are no exception. If your mushroom is not organic, it may contain contaminants or toxins. Organic mushroom extracts are cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilisers. An article from The Guardian, explains that organic food has more antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date.
5. WILD HARVESTING WHERE POSSIBLE
Mushrooms have evolved in their natural habitats, adapting to various environmental conditions. Some proponents believe that this natural resilience translates into a broader spectrum of bioactive compounds, potentially offering more robust health benefits. More importantly, mushrooms want to be picked at the right time as this helps them spread their spores. When the conditions are right, they will grow and once matured, harvesting can begin. Patience is key. Mushrooms like Chaga, which mature out of birch trees under extreme conditions in cold climates like Siberia, can take anything up to 7 years to mature before they can be harvested.
So, as you see, not all mushroom extracts are the same. Choosing the right functional mushroom extract is a pivotal step toward integrating the magic of these fungi into your daily routine. As you embark on this journey, keep these steps in mind to ensure you're selecting a product that aligns with your wellness goals.