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Polyporeales

The Polyporales are an order of about 1800 species of fungi in the division Basidiomycota. The order includes some (but not all) polypores as well as many corticioid fungi and a few agarics (mainly in the genus Lentinus). Many species within the order are saprotrophic, most of them wood-rotters. Some genera, such as Ganoderma and Fomes, contain species that attack living tissues and then continue to degrade the wood of their dead hosts. Those of economic importance include several important pathogens of forest and amenity trees and a few species that cause damage by rotting structural timber. Some of the Polyporales are commercially cultivated and marketed for use as food items or in traditional Chinese medicine.

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maitake

Grifola frondosa (also known as hen-of-the-woods, maitake (舞茸, "dancing mushroom") in Japanese is a polypore mushroom that grows at the base of trees, particularly oaks. It is typically found in late summer to early autumn. It is native to China, Europe, and North America. Soon after its discovery, Maitake turned into a delicacy! Like many mushrooms the maitake has a deep earthy flavor, but this one offers even more nuances . For starters, it's more delicate than a shiitake and has a stronger savory side than a porcini. There's a slight bit of spice to the maitake, but it's not hot by any means.

Maitake contains an impressive amount of polysaccharides, triterpenes and additional bioactive chemicals that are known to offer a wide range of health benefits. Research shows that its beta glucan content has immune-supporting effects as well as anti-viral properties. The mushroom's bioactive polysaccharides support the body in helping to ward off pathogens - particularly useful when there's a cold going around at the office, or you're experiencing stress and have a weakened immune system. As a beneficial adaptogen, Maitake helps to promote natural balance and healthy stress response in the body. In another study, Maitake has also been shown to support healthy blood sugar levels, help reduce insulin and support weight management.

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Yellow reishi

Ganoderma curtisii is a saprotrophic polypore whose distribution is primarily in the Southeastern United States. The name was originally established by Miles Berkeley in 1849 as Polyporus curtisii, and later transferred to the genus Ganoderma by William Alphonso Murrill in 1908. Several recent molecular studies have shown Ganoderma curtisii to be genetically distinct from Ganoderma lucidum, calling into doubt the synonymy of the two species and supporting previous mycologists' opinion that it is a distinct species.

 

Ganoderma is a genus of fungi that are renowned for their medicinal and pharmacological properties. In China, Japan and other Asian countries, Ganoderma mushrooms have been recognized as medically relevant for over 2000 years!

 

A number of lab studies have investigated reishi's ability to stimulate the immune response, most specifically with regards to the treatment of cancer. In the lab, reishi has been shown to kill tumor cells and boost the activity of immune cells such as natural killer cells (NK), T-cells, B-cells, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), and phagocytes (which ingest other cells)

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Red Reishi

This impressive fungus has a very wide distribution: it has been reported from northern Africa, Asia, Australia, both South and North America as well as many parts of europe! This fungi from the order Polyporales was described in 1889 by the French mycologist Jean Louis Emile Boudier (1828 - 1920), who gave it what remains its currently-accepted scientific name, Ganoderma resinaceum. One of the best preparations for Reishi mushrooms is a tea, which can give you all of the health benefits that are associated with this mushroom!

Ganoderma is a genus of fungi that are renowned for their medicinal and pharmacological properties. In China, Japan and other Asian countries, Ganoderma mushrooms have been recognized as medically relevant for over 2000 years!

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black reishi 

Ganoderma neo-japonicum is a rare polypore mushroom found growing on decaying Schizostachyum brachycladium (a tropical bamboo) clumps in Malaysia. The Malaysian indigenous tribes including the Temuans and Temiars use the basidiocarps of G. neo-japonicum to treat various ailments including diabetes. Cultivation of G. lucidum in Malaysia was initially attempted by Teow in 1984 by using sawdust in polypropylene or polyethylene bags in sheds under palm oil trees!

Ganoderma is a genus of fungi that are renowned for their medicinal and pharmacological properties. In China, Japan and other Asian countries, Ganoderma mushrooms have been recognized as medically relevant for over 2000 years!

A number of lab studies have investigated reishi's ability to stimulate the immune response, most specifically with regards to the treatment of cancer. In the lab, reishi has been shown to kill tumor cells and boost the activity of immune cells such as natural killer cells (NK), T-cells, B-cells, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), and phagocytes (which ingest other cells).

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turkey tail 

Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. Meaning 'of several colors', versicolor reliably describes this fungus that displays different colors. For example, because its shape and multiple colors are similar to those of a wild turkey, T. versicolor is commonly called turkey tail. In Chinese medicine it is referred to as yun zhi, and the Japanese name is kawaratake. No doubt the easiest way to take your turkey tails is to just buy them in pill form. This is the most expensive option, but it's also the one that requires the least amount of work on your part! Capsules aren't your thing? Have no fear, you can take your mushrooms (whole or powdered) and make a healthful tea from them!

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