Adaptogens, like Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), are metabolic regulators which increase our ability to handle and adapt to stress. Being classified as an adaptogen, the important medicinal compounds found in Vibe Mushroom’s Red Reishi extract have been shown to increase resistance to daily stress, decrease sensitivity to daily stressors, improve relaxation, and promote increased sleep quality.
Vibe’s pharmaceutical-grade Red Reishi has the industry’s highest levels of bioactive compounds including polysaccharides (e.g., Beta-glucans), terpenoids and triterpenoids (e.g., Ganoderic acids), fatty acids, proteins, and glycopeptides. It is these compounds which provide several adaptogenic benefits you can feel, including:
- Increased cognition
- Increased motivation
- Reduced anxiety
- Reductions in depressive symptoms
- Increased feelings of relaxation
- Improved recovery from physical and mental stress
- Anti-inflammatory actions
- Immune system optimization
Since Red Reishi serves as a regulator of biological activities, it is considered one of the most important traditional medicinal mushrooms and one of the most effective adaptogens found in nature.
Among the terpenoid class, the most represented in Red Reishi are Ganoderic acids which have been reported to treat symptoms of stress including inflammation, depression and anxiety, sleep disorders, and unexplained fatigue. Beyond its adaptogenic benefits, Red Reishi has also been shown to improve bone disorders, cancer outcomes, epileptic episodes, diabetes, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular problems, and immune-related disorders.
RED REISHI: The Fatigue Fighter
A large-scaled study conducted on 132 volunteers with chronic fatigue syndrome reported that long term Reishi supplementation (2 months or greater) led to significant improvements in fatigue and well-being with no adverse effects.
RED RESIHI: The Chill Pill
When taken before bedtime, Red Reishi promotes sedation, relaxation, sleep, and reductions in restlessness. The tranquilizing effect of Reishi was recorded in “Shennong's herbal classic” as early as the first century BC and currently in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia. Recently, it was reported that Reishi improved the sleep of patients with insomnia and other mental disorders, and it has been shown to reduce the time it takes to get to sleep while increasing the time we stay asleep.
The science behind how Reishi chills you out:
Various neurotransmitters, including GABA, serotonin (5-HT,) norepinephrine, and dopamine, affect different brain nuclei to regulate the switch between wakefulness and sleep. Reishi promotes sleep, decreased wakefulness, and reduced restlessness via 2 known mechanisms:
- The sedative and hypnotic effects of Reishi extract involve benzodiazepine receptors in the brain, the target of traditional sedative and hypnotic drugs.
Reishi promotes sleep through increases in 5-HT by positively interacting with the gut microbiome. 5-HT or serotonin is important in sleep regulation. 5-HT deficiency has been shown to increase nighttime wakefulness, restlessness, and decreased sleep time.
RED REISHI REMEDY:
For best results, take 1 to 3 grams daily (0.5to 1.5 tsp or 2 to 6capsules), taken all at once in the morning, split up throughout the day, or taken 30-60 minutes before bed. If you use a full 3 grams daily, split it into 3 x 1-gram doses and take throughout the day. With our powered format, you can mix it directly into your coffee, tea, yogurt, greens, or smoothies. Because Vibe’s Red Reishi is pharmaceutical-grade potency, the concentrated Ganoderic acids make it taste bitter. Many people enjoy its bitterness, but bitter may not be your thing. If this is the case, we suggest splitting doses or using our capsules.