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Q Armour - Part 1 Reishi Mushrooms

Updated: Mar 5, 2023



Organically grown, this exclusive formula includes iconic, rare mushrooms known as adaptogens which have a unique ability to “adapt” according to the specific needs of your body.

  • Reishi: Adapts to support immune response

  • Chaga: Antioxidant powerhouse for cell support

  • c: Immune, antioxidant, and liver support

  • Shiitake: Immune and heart health support

  • Cordyceps: Circulation and endurance support

  • Turkey Tail: Immune support via healthy gut

  • Astragalus: Respiratory and cell damage protection support



Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is by far the most famous and highly revered superfood medicinal mushroom in the world. Sought after by Emperors, the Royalty of China, Korea, Japan, sages, Buddhist monks, Taoists, and as the number one tonic herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Reishi mushroom offers many extraordinary health promoting benefits including potent immune enhancing properties, stress relief, emotional equilibrium, elevates mood and happiness, and supports the major heart, kidneys, liver, and lungs.


Who is Reishi Mushroom For?

Reishi mushroom is considered a very safe and gentle herb that can be tolerated by almost anyone.

Traditionally known as the “Mushroom of Immortality” for its extensive range of longevity promoting benefits, Reishi mushroom is suitable for anyone who wants to:

  • Reduce their stress levels.

  • Enhance adaptability and manage life’s stressors with more ease and grace.

  • Restore and maintain emotional equilibrium.

  • Calm the mind and boost cognitive functions.

  • Enhance the immune system.

  • Support the Heart, Lungs, Liver, and Kidneys.

  • Fan the flames of inflammation in the body.

  • Boost antioxidants.

  • Promote a better night’s sleep.

  • Nourish and protect the skin.

  • Elevate mood and happiness.

  • Enhance their yoga and meditation practice.

  • Protect against wifi and cell phone frequencies that may harm our cells.

  • Extend their lifespan, and possibly, attain immortality (disclaimer: we can’t promise anything.).

The History of Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushroom is truly an “original superfood.” Some claim it's been used for over 5000 years but more verifiable sources state the longest history and folklore is from China beginning at least 2000 years ago. “Reishi”, its most common name in the West, is a Japanese interpretation of the oldest Chinese name; Ruizhi which means “auspicious mushroom”. Reishi is a polypore mushroom– it doesn’t have gills on its underside, instead, it releases its spores via fine pores and grows on both dead and living trees. It usually grows on the base or stumps of specific hardwood trees, in particular, maple and oak trees. Unlike culinary mushrooms, a mature Reishi fruiting body attains a tough woody structure not fit for consumption. In order to release its diverse array of nutrients, the fruiting body must be boiled in water and/or steeped in alcohol to extract the compounds from its tough, woody cellulose.

Nutrition and Biochemistry of Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushroom is one of the most widely studied herbs in the world. Studies have shown Reishi to contain over 400 different compounds including polysaccharides, triterpenoids, nucleotides, sterols, steroids, fatty acids, proteins/peptides, mannitol, and trace elements. This massive diversity of constituents has been reported to have a number of pharmacological effects including "immunomodulation, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, chemo-preventive, antitumor, chemo and radioprotective, sleep-promoting, antibacterial, antiviral, hypolipidemic, anti-fibrotic, hepatoprotective, anti-diabetic, anti-androgenic, anti-angiogenic, anti-herpetic, antioxidative and radical-scavenging, anti-aging, hypoglycemic, estrogenic activity and anti-ulcer properties.” (1,2)

The primary constituents responsible for Reishi’s broad range of health benefits are the polysaccharides and triterpenes.

Polysaccharides (Beta-glucans)

All medicinal mushrooms (but not all mushrooms) contain varying amounts of polysaccharide compounds. Polysaccharides are complex long-chain sugar molecules (healthy sugars) that have shown to significantly enhance and activate the immune system. These complex natural sugars are among some of the most potent immune forces ever discovered. Reishi contains over 200 different polysaccharide compounds. Polysaccharides essentially lock on to specific receptor sites in the immune system, activate their healing power, and work to increase the immune response. There are many different kinds of polysaccharides, most are water-soluble, and the most common and well-studied is the beta-glucans, and Reishi is loaded with them!

Triterpenes

Reishi mushrooms contain some of the most notable and highly biologically active triterpene compounds. The various oil-soluble compounds, ganoderic and lucidenic acids from Reishi mushroom are responsible for many of its therapeutic benefits. Studies have shown that Reishi’s triterpenes may have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-histaminic, antioxidant, hypotensive and sedative actions. (3, 4, 5)


Top 17 Longevity Super Powers of Reishi Mushroom

Reishi Supports the Immune System

With over 200 different polysaccharides, Reishi is one of the greatest tonics for supporting and enhancing the immune system. Reishi helps to fortify the body’s defence system, maintaining optimal balance in the body to prevent threats of any serious illness or disease pervading.

Reishi is a great flu-fighting herb. It can also be taken to reduce the chances of passing on a cold from you, a loved one, or someone else. However, Reishi does not work as an immune stimulant or suppressant. It effectively balances out the immune system, whether in a weakened state (susceptible to colds, flu, viruses etc.) or excessive state (auto-immunity).

Reishi contains beta-1,3-D-glucan, a type of polysaccharide that strongly stimulates immune cells. Research has shown that the polysaccharide content in Reishi mushroom helps boosts the immune system by up-regulating the production of various lymphocytes, T-helper cells, T-killer cells, and macrophages, while also suppressing tumour necrosis factor (TNF-α). (6-12)

Reishi in Cancer Therapy

Reishi has a long history of traditional use in the treatment of cancer with plenty of scientific evidence to back up its claims. (13) Reishi has shown to be beneficial for multiple cancers including prostate and breast. It's immune-supporting polysaccharides, specifically Beta-D-glucans, and triterpenes have shown potent anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic activity against cancer cell lines, and may also help prevent tumour growth. (14-17)

Clinical studies confirmed Reishi’s immune power by activating immune cells– macrophages, helper T-cells, enhancing NK cell activity, increases in Th1 cytokine levels, and decreases in Th2 cytokine levels in advanced stage lung cancer patients.

Reishi has also shown to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. (11,18,19)

The results of Reishi on the fight against cancer has been so positive that it’s been officially recognised by the Japanese government as a proper treatment for some cancers.


Reishi is a Top Adaptogen

Reishi is considered to be one of the best adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens are remarkable substances that have shown over centuries of use to help the human body adapt to stress, support normal metabolic processes, and restore balance. They increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors and promote normal physiologic function.

Reishi shows dual-directional activity with its ability to effectively “regulate” the body’s immune system. It is neither an immune stimulant nor an immune suppressant, hence why it is called an immune modulator.

In the case of a weak immune system, Reishi will help boost immune cells and fight any invading pathogens or other nasties in the body. If the immune system is excessive such as is the case with autoimmune conditions and allergies, Reishi can effectively reduce the excess. It has a kind of intelligence in the body that can identify imbalances in the immune system and work to restore balance. (20)


Reishi Reduces Stress and Improves Anxiety and Depression

Reishi’s most exciting and perhaps its most significant health benefit is its calming and stress-reducing ability. It is known as the ultimate anti-stress herb. This makes Reishi an important ally in today's fast-paced and over-stressed world to keep our mental health strong.

Stress is one of the biggest underlying factors in disease. In one example, this study shows how stress can affect our physiology and create disease. It demonstrates the growing evidence that exposure to trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and associated stress responses may lead to increased autoimmune conditions. (21).

Reishi has a long history of use in ancient China by Taoist monks and sages for cultivating spiritual energy, reducing stress, calming the mind, and transforming negative energy in the body. For some people, the very idea of sickness and disease is enough to debilitate them whether they are facing illness or not. Reishi’s calming action puts people in a relaxed state which may help alleviate many of the psychological problems associated with patients dealing with a disease. A study with breast cancer patients reported feeling "less anxiety and depression and better quality of life” after taking Reishi for just four weeks. (12)


Reishi Increases Energy and Reduces Fatigue

Reishi mushroom is also a powerful energy tonic. Reishi is reported to be beneficial for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) due to its wide-ranging benefits of supporting and balancing the body’s major systems– the immune system, heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, lowers inflammation, improves mental capacity, increases oxygen utilisation, and supports detoxification.

The prevalence of fatigue in breast cancer survivors is high during the endocrine treatment.

In a study of 48 breast cancer patients, the results of the group taking Reishi showed "statistically significant improvements in the domains of physical well-being and fatigue subscale after intervention.” The study suggests that Reishi may have "beneficial effects on cancer-related fatigue and quality of life in breast cancer patients undergoing endocrine therapy without any significant adverse effect.” (12,22)


Reishi Boosts Antioxidants and Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is a complex biological response in the human body to protect itself from infections from foreign invading organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. It is an essential part of the body’s immune response and healing processes.

Chronic or long-term inflammation can manifest into a whole host of symptoms, such as redness, swelling, joint pain, or more serious auto-immune conditions, like asthma and arthritis.

Reishi contains many compounds that show anti-inflammatory activity including the immune-modulating polysaccharides, triterpenes, phenolic compounds, and more.

The combination of Reishi’s immune-modulatory and anti-inflammatory action shows the potential therapeutic effect of autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

This study showed that a polysaccharide peptide from Reishi “significantly inhibited the proliferation of rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts… at least in part, by inhibiting the nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappaB) transcription pathway.” (23)

Scientists have found that many of Reishi’s terpene compounds including ganodermic A, B, C, and D, lucidenic acid B, and ganodermanontriol are all very potent antioxidants.

These powerful substances have shown to fortify the body by improving oxygen regulation and counteracting the damaging effects of free radical scavengers.

This 14-day study on mice showed many antioxidant boosting effects including an increase in superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione. The results also suggest that the antioxidants protect the blood from oxidative damage. (24)

Multiple extracts were shown to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This study concluded that Reishi could be "considered a useful therapeutic and preventive approach to various inflammation-related diseases.” (1,25)

Reishi Supports the Heart

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the developing world today.

Scientific research has proven Reishi to be a valuable food source for supporting heart health.

Reishi is high in antioxidants, sterols, ganoderic acids (triterpenes), coumarin, mannitol and polysaccharides that all show great benefit for cardiovascular health. These compounds have many protective qualities against many of the risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke.

This study concluded that “the polysaccharides and triterpenes isolated from Ganoderma lucidum have shown hypolipidemic, hypotensive, and antithrombotic effects.” It also reported a reduction in chest pain, palpitations and shortness of breath. (26)

Chitin is a particular protein found in Reishi (any other medicinal mushrooms) that helps break down cholesterol, thereby cleaning the arteries and improving heart health. Reishi has shown to help lower elevated levels of cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides, normalise blood pressure and blood sugar levels, increase the flexibility and health of blood vessels, and may help remove atherosclerotic plaque. (27) The research also indicates that Reishi may have anti-diabetic effects. It helped reduce both LDL cholesterol and showed an increase in good HDL cholesterol. (28)


Reishi Supports Liver Health

The liver is the second largest organ in the body and is largely responsible for many detoxifications and digestion processes. The toxicity from the environment, overeating junk processed foods, emotional stress, and excessive lifestyle habits all affect the liver. By reducing the toxic load on our liver, our bodies can better detox, methylate, regenerate, produce energy more efficiently, and operate at peak performance. Reishi mushroom is one of the best liver tonics.

Reishi has broad hepatoprotective properties which can be attributed to its antioxidant action and the triterpenes ability to inhibit the activation and proliferation of hepatic stellate cells, a key process in advancing hepatic fibrosis (liver disease). (29-31) A 2013 study demonstrated that the antioxidant properties of Reishi, particularly SOD (superoxide dismutase), provided hepatoprotective effects on acute liver injury. (32,33) Reishi has also been traditionally used in the treatment of hepatitis. The results from studies appear to suggest that once again, the triterpenes are the key compounds responsible for the positive effects. (34,35) Reishi has even shown to protect the liver against the damaging effects of daily moderate alcohol consumption in rats. (36)


Reishi Supports Kidneys Health

A 2004 study testing the treatment of fourteen patients with persistent proteinuria (a sign of kidney disease), using Reishi mushroom showed that it restored the immune system back into balance and successfully suppressed proteinuria in all fourteen patients. (37)

Reishi Supports the Lungs

As an energy tonic, Reishi helps strengthen and nurture the lungs and improves the extraction of energy from the air we breathe into our lungs. Strong lungs and the development of respiratory power is fundamental for health and longevity. Reishi contains active triterpenes such as ganoderic acids that help reduce allergies and histamine reactions associated with asthma. Studies have also shown that Reishi can benefit chronic bronchitis. (38) Reishi’s ability to support stress may also be connected with the lungs.

The Taoists believe there is a close connection between breathing and one’s emotional state. In order to master the emotions, one must have strong lungs to support the breath. When we’re dealing with any kind of emotional stress, our breathing can either exacerbate a stressor by becoming fast and shallow or quickly reduce a stressor when breathing is kept calm and long. Therefore, controlling our emotions during stress requires strong lungs and the practice of controlled deep breathing.


Reishi Boosts Brain Health and is Neuro-Protective

Reishi mushroom has long been known to boost brain power, improve memory, sharpen concentration and focus, and offer benefits for brain rejuvenation. The polysaccharides and triterpene compounds in Reishi both exhibit significant neuroprotective effects. The polysaccharides have shown to promote neurogenesis and improve cognitive functions with the potential of helping treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s (AD). (39,40)

The polysaccharides have also shown to protect neurons from apoptosis (cell death), oxidative stress, and improve cognitive dysfunction in vivo. (41) The active triterpenes in Reishi were found to stimulate the production of nerve growth factor (NGF). NGF is required by the brain and important sensory neurons to keep the entire nervous system strong and healthy. However, NGF does not freely cross the blood-brain barrier that easily, but it was found that Reishi acts as an astrocytic NGF inducer. The active constituents showed potent effects on the induction of NGF in primary astrocytes. They further found that Reishi enhanced mitochondrial biogenesis in the brain. (42)

Reishi Soothes Allergies

The combination of Reishi’s immune-modulatory and anti-inflammatory power supports its ability to effectively treat allergies and other inflammatory conditions. (43,44)

Reishi mushrooms are commonly used to soothe allergy symptoms including hay fever. Japanese researchers discovered that Reishi acts as a natural antihistamine, and lanostan, one compound in Reishi helps inhibit the release of histamine and controls the body’s reaction to an allergen.

Studies show that Reishi may also benefit chronic bronchitis. The active constituent, cyclooctasulfur, effectively inhibits the release of histamine from mast cells and also stabilised mast cells simultaneously. (38,45,46)

The triterpene compounds in Reishi such as ganoderic acids also help reduce allergies and histamine reactions associated with asthma.

Reishi Promotes Better Sleep

Clinical investigations show that Reishi mushroom promotes sleep and helps calm the nervous system. Reishi mushroom was used in folk medicine of China and Japan to treat insomnia, improve the quality of sleep and help reduce anxiety. It’s still traditionally used by Chinese and Japanese herbalists for insomnia cases due to its "sleep-promoting factor.” (47) It's believed the terpenoid compounds in Reishi help soothe the nerves and promote a sedative action that can positively effect neurasthenia and insomnia. Long-term use of Reishi was also shown to increase slow wave sleep (deep sleep). (48-50)

Reishi Supports Gut Health

Reishi mushroom acts as a prebiotic in the gut to help establish good flora in the body. Research studies have shown that mushroom polysaccharides, the long-chain essential sugars in mushroom cell-walls, have a prebiotic effect on the gut microbiome. Prebiotics are substances that feed the probiotics which in turn help stimulate and grow the beneficial bacteria in the gut. This is very important to support healthy gut flora.

Reishi may also be beneficial in supporting candida overgrowth. Despite being a fungus and contrary to popular belief, Reishi shows terrific anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. This study showed that Reishi significantly suppressed plant fungal pathogens. (51) Research also shows that Reishi contains compounds that prevent the formation of ulcers. (1)


Reishi Mushroom Benefits for Skin

The high content of polysaccharide compounds in Reishi help promote cell regeneration and enhance the body’s natural ability to retain water and keep the skin hydrated. Reishi mushroom benefits for skin are profound. Reishi boosts skin-protective antioxidants, promotes blood circulation which improves the tone and elasticity of the skin, and helps clear up any skin problems.

Studies suggest that Reishi is “radioprotective,” meaning it can protect against the harmful effects of UV radiation and damaging DNA. This suggests the ability to support slow-ageing of the skin and protect against other skin issues. (52)

The lungs also play an important role in maintaining the health of the skin. Since Reishi is a great lung tonic, any skin disorders including blemishes or dry skin can be improved by supporting the lung function and by improving breathing.

Reishi Calms the Central Nervous System

Reishi has the extraordinary ability to manage stress by nourishing and calming the central nervous system and promoting relaxation. During Reishi mushroom's long history, the people of Asia regularly used it for its calmative effects and ability to strengthen the nerves. Everyone notices the calming effects Reishi’s provides and its benefits seem to be cumulative, building stronger nerves over the long term and actually changing the outlook on a person's life. When taken, Reishi puts one in a relaxed state which some people have described the experience as almost meditative.


Reishi May Act as a Radiation Shield

We all love the conveniences of modern technology and how cells phones, wifi, and wireless devices all make our lives easier. We honour these privileges. So can you imagine how you would run your life without these devices? This idea may be unthinkable for many of us. Unfortunately, these convenient devices may come at a cost to our health. And the full extent of biological harm of radio frequencies emitted by X-rays, cell phones, Wifi, and other wireless devices and appliances, may not be known for decades to come.

This study concluded that there "should be a major concern regarding the time-dependent exposure of whole-body to the higher frequencies of Wi-Fi networks existing in the vicinity of our living places.” And this study suggests "Wi-Fi users avoid long-term exposure of RF emissions from Wi-Fi equipment.” Most people living in cities are exposed to these frequencies 24/7 year round. (53-55)

It’s very unlikely that our society will commit to any compromises when it comes to these conveniences so therefore, it’s important that we take preventative measures with proper nutrition to ensure the protection of our cellular biology to sustain a healthy life. Reishi mushroom has shown to act as a radioprotective shield against unwanted cellular distortions and changes from exposures of X-rays and other damaging radiation frequencies, such as wifi and cell phones. (56)

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