Reishi 16:1 Extract Capsules


Vitalita’s Organic 16:1 Reishi Mushroom capsules have harmonizing, balancing, and immune supporting benefits. They are perhaps the most adaptogenic of all the medicinal mushrooms. Certified organic ingredients. Made with fruiting bodies, no grain or fillers. 350mg per capsule.

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Suggested Use: Take 1 capsule daily for best results. 350mg of 16:1 Reishi is equivalent to 5.6 grams of raw product.

Reishi (Ganoderma Lingzhi)

The Reishi mushroom is a fungus that is native to Europe, Asia and North America. In China this mushroom is known as LingZhi, and it has a long history of medicinal use. Some herbalists have even dubbed it the “King of Mushrooms.”

Reishi mushrooms have a number of health benefits. They boost the immune system, fight inflammation, assist with blood pressure and cholesterol, support healthy liver function, battle fatigue, ease depression, and even fight cancer.


Reishi mushrooms are highly antioxidant, protecting the body from free radicals such as air pollution, radiation, and bacteria. They also enhance the function of the immune system by increasing the activity of white blood cells, which help fight infection in the body.

Chronic inflammation is responsible for many health issues. Well known for its anti-inflammatory effects, Reishi can be applied orally or topically to help the body battle inflammation. Topically, it is as effective as the hormone cortisol, found in many topical medications, to treat skin conditions.[1]

Reishi is used to control blood pressure and cholesterol. The mushrooms have a natural ability to lower blood pressure because they increase blood flow. Reishi is also known to lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol. These effects help prevent strokes, clogged arteries, and other heart problems. Studies show that Reishi can even reverse the effects of heart disease. [2]

Reishi is even beneficial for fighting cancer. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reishi improves stamina, increases strength, and prolongs life in cancer patients. It’s immune-boosting properties help weakened cancer patients and can ease the side effects of chemotherapy.[3]

In addition, the adaptogenic properties of Reishi help get rid of toxins and waste from the body, helping the liver do it’s job.

Reishi also appears to work on the HPA by improving the function of the adrenal glands themselves. Stress is perceived by the nervous system and the signal is transmitted to the command centre of the brain (the hypothalamus), which in turn relays the message to the adrenal glands stimulating the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine (a.k.a. adrenaline).  Targets for modulating the stress response, therefore, include the nervous system as well as the HPA or Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis.

This makes Reishi an excellent choice for calming the mind, easing anxiety, grounding and centering us, and fostering greater resilience to stress over time.

Possible Interactions/Cautions

– Anticoagulants, Antiplatelet drugs, Antihypertensive drugs

High doses of Reishi mushrooms might slow blood clotting. Taking Reishi mushrooms along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, etc), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, etc), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

Reishi mushrooms might decrease blood pressure. Taking Reishi mushrooms along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low. Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDIURIL), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.




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