What is Lingzhi?

Linzhi(灵芝)" is the Chinese name for Ganoderma fungi and is said to have been in existence on the earth for many thousands of years ago. Its scientific name is "Ganoderma lucidum." In China, the character "芝" represents "mushroom" and literally translates to "spiritual and mystical mushroom" or "miracle-working mushroom."

China's ancient book, "Materia Medica of Deity of Agriculture" (circa 500), classifies 365 varieties of natural products as high rank/middle rank/low rank and Lingzhi mushrooms are included in the high rank which is defined as, "a product that improves health and harmless regardless of the amount consumed."

How many types of Lingzhi are there?

According to the original Chinese herbal medicine books, "Materia Medica of Deity of Agriculture" and "Bencao Gangmu" (approx. 400 years old), there are 6 types of Lingzhi. However, its growing location expands across a wide variety of regions from tropical areas to high mountains and it also comes in a many shapes and forms. Most popular and most recognized Lingzhi are Ganoderma lucidum (red Lingzhi) and Ganoderma sinense (purple Lingzhi).

Is Lingzhi safe?

As shown in its classification as "high rank" in "Materia Medica of Deity of Agriculture," food safety has been recognized for thousands of years of consumption. The "Botanical Safety Handbook" issued by the American Herbal Products Association, classifies approximately 650 types of herbs based on safety. The Lingzhi has been assessed as an extremely safe food as indicated by its Class 1 classification (can be consumed safely when used appropriately).

What is the difference between the natural product and the cultivated product?

Lingzhi are annuals and if the Lingzhi is not harvested when it contains many valuable ingredients, those ingredients are lost due to exposure to wind and rain.
Finding natural Lingzhi during the peak harvest season is extremely difficult and cultivated products are considered to be superior in terms of stable quality and yield. Techniques established in China, Japan etc regarding the cultivation of Lingzhi have spread worldwide, significantly contributing to the expansion of the Lingzhi plantation industry.

When is the most effective time to consume Lingzhi? What is the most effective way of consumption?

Unlike medication, there is no set time to take Lingzhi (e.g. after a meal or between meals). Please enjoy them as a dietary supplement. Take with large quantities of water or hot water as possible.

When taking Lingzhi Capsules, it is recommended to take them with empty stomach and luke warm water for better absorption.

When taking Lingzhi Capsules while you are on western medication, please take Lingzhi capsules one hour away from western medicine. 

What are the benefits of Lingzhi?

According to Chinese medicine, Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum) can nourish five key human organs,  heart, lung, liver, pancreas, and kidney.  It differs from any other medicines that are used to cure specific disease, or supplementary nutrients that only address particular body requirements. Ganoderma lucidum helps regulate entire body mechanism and metabolism to ensure that all organs function properly. Some specific effects of Ganoderma lucidum are as follows: 

1. Anti-Tumor Effect

Main cause to the development of tumor is the disorder of or poor performing immune system. Ganoderma lucidum can best regulate and activate the immune system. It prominently enhances the body immune function and increase self defense capability against tumor. Ganoderma lucidum enhances the function of monocytic macrophage via activating synthesis of interleukin H. It also enhances blood synthesis capacity, particularly white blood cells level. Combining with the inhibitory effect on cancer cells provided by certain ingredients in Ganoderma lucidum, it becomes one of the most effective medicines for anti-tumor and supplement to cancer treatment. Ganoderma lucidum possesses hardly any toxic to human body. This unique feature of enhancing immunity without toxigenicity is the definite advantage of Ganoderma lucidum over any other immune system intensifier.

2. Liver Protection & Detoxification

Ganoderma lucidum is able to protect the liver from damage by various physiological and biological factors. Moreover, effect can be obtained either pre-or post-damage. Ganoderma lucidum speeds up metabolism of both medicine and toxic substances in liver, leading to curing of toxicated hepatitis. Ganoderma lucidum is also suitable for treating chronic hepatitis, effectively eliminating the related symptoms as dizzy, fatigue, and so on.
3. Effect on Cardiovascular

Clinical studies and experiments with animals confirm that Ganoderma lucidum can effectively dilate coronary artery, increase coronary vessel blood flow, and improve circulation in cardiac muscle capillaries, thus increase the supply of oxygen and energy to cardiac muscle. Therefore Ganoderma lucidum helps to protect the heart from shortage of blood supply, and it is ideal for proctecting your heart. Ganoderma lucidum can obviously reduce the level of blood cholesterol, liporotein and triglycerides in hypertensive patienst. It prevents the formation of arterial atheromatous patches. If patches are already formed, Ganoderma lucidum will reduce cholesterol in arterial wall and soften the blood vessel to avoid further damage. It also partially improves blood circulation, and inhibits platelet aggregation. All these effects contribute to preventing various kinds of stroke.

4.  Delay Aging

The polysaccharides and polypeptides found in Ganoderma lucidum can effectively delay aging by the following mechanisms. To enhance and regulate immune function. Such enhancement and regulation can effectively delay aging in adult and aged people. For the young, the immune system will be optimized to ensure healthy growth. To regulate metabolism and enhance synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins. Research works have shown that Ganoderma lucidum enhances synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins in blood plasma, liver, and bone marrow, hence effectively prevent aging. It is observed that the use of Ganoderma lucidum to prevent aging benefits not only the aged, but also the young, since growth and development process will ultimately lead to aging. One cause of aging is the reduction of self-originated antioxidant or antioxidant-like material (such as SOD) in the body. These antioxidants are essential for encountering damage to the body by free radicals. Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides possess the properties that are very similar to SOD which can remove the free radicals and prevent its damage to the body by stopping over-oxidation of lipid. Such action protects the cells and delays their aging. Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides prominently enhance DNA synthesis in cell nucleus, and increase the number of cell divisions, which results in delayed aging.

5. Effect on Neurasthenia

In ancient Chinese medical publications, Ganoderma lucidum can serve to "stabilize emotion", "increase wisdom", and "enhance memory power". Recently, it is reported that Ganoderma lucidum has prominent effect on insomnia caused by neurasthenia: Effectiveness is 87.14% to 100%.  In general, effect becomes obvious after a period of 10 to 15 days, when sleep improved, and appetite increased. Related headache and dizzy will be reduced or stopped. Ganoderma lucidum has a relatively strong effect on the central nervous system that makes it an effective substance for treatment of neurasthenia and insomnia, which is becoming more and more indispensable to the sufferers of neurasthenia and insomnia.
6. Effect on Hypertension
Ganoderma lucidum can effectively reduce blood pressure of an anesthetized rabbit: systolic and diastolic pressure lowered by 15% and 25% respectively. Related neural activity is also inhibited: inhibition is 20% and 40% respectively. According to a report of a hospital, there had been 18 cases of high blood pressure successfully cured by Ganoderma lucidum extract, effectiveness up to 88.9%. It was stated that the effect of reducing blood pressure by Ganoderma lucidum was mainly the result of inhibition to the sympathetic nervous system.
From another report, among 30 cases using Ganoderma lucidum products to cure high blood pressure, effectiveness was 88.3%. Moreover, it was found that Ganoderma lucidum also extends and stabilizes the effect of reducing blood pressure of other medicine.

7. Effect on Diabetes

The constitutes in Ganoderma lucidum that reduce blood glucose are Ganoderma B and C. The mechanism is by enhancing utilization of blood glucose by body tissues.  Preliminary clinical trials found that Ganoderma preparation reduced the blood glucose in some patients and enhanced the efficacy of hypoglycemic drugs.  With its blood lipid-regulating and whole blood/plasma thickness-reducing functions, Ganoderma could conceivably improve the blood flow on patients. Thus, while the hypoglycemic drugs lower the blood sugar, Ganoderma helps to delay the onset of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases for the diabetic patients.
8. Effect on Chronic Bronchitis & Bronchus Asthma

Ganoderma lucidum can help to stop coughing, clear sputum, and suppress asthma. It also relieves the symptoms of the related illnesses. Since Ganoderma lucidum can activate the immune system, it can prevent from flu, and thus above syndromes. Ganoderma lucidum is particularly suitable for the treatment of the patients categorized as "cold and wet" by Chinese medicine, while for the "hot and dry" patients would be relatively less effective. The average effectiveness may reach up to 80%.

9. Effect on Hyper Susceptibility

When the body is invaded by an antigen that ellicits an immunological reactions and results the various abnormality and immuno-pathological symptoms, Ganoderma lucidum can be used to suppress the reactions and resume the body order. The experiment shows that Ganoderma lucidum can stop the release of hyper susceptible factors and prevent the development of allergic reactions. Therefore, Ganoderma lucidum is relatively more effective over other current medicines when treating the illnesses caused by abnormal hyper-reactivity or autoimmunity such as allergic asthma, erythematous lupus vulgaris, rheumatoic arthritis, rheumatoic heart diseases, allergic rhinitis and skin diseases.

10. Effect on Beauty Care

Ganoderma lucidum has been named the "Medicine of Eternal Life". It is mainly contributed to the effect on skin protection, and delaying aging. Ganoderma lucidum can retain and regulate the water in skin and thus can keep the skin elasticity, hydrated and smooth. It also inhibits the formation and deposition of melanin in skin. Today, the beauty care products made from Ganoderma lucidum are becoming the new stars in the industry. Taking Ganoderma lucidum food products will obtain synergistic effect. To add Ganoderma lucidum into the bath will not only keep the skin smooth and lustrous, but also prevent it from bacterial infection.

I am taking drugs prescribed by my doctor. Can I still take Lingzhi, is it safe?

Persons on prescription drugs, or those regularly visiting the hospital, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, should consult their doctor prior to taking Lingzhi capsules.

Are Lingzhi available as a pharmaceutical product?

In Singapore, 100% pure Lingzhi capsules are considered Chinese Proprietary Medicine (CPM) and require approval from Health Science Authority of Singapore before they are placed on the counter for sales. 

If I experience any health issue due to taking Lingzhi, what should I do?

In the event you experience any physical abnormality, immediately discontinue use and visit a medical institution or health center.

Where are Gano Well Lingzhi cultivated in China?

Gano Well Lingzhi is natural log-cultivated and harvested in Wu Yi Mountain (Fujian) China and the first organic Lingzhi farm which received four organic certifications from authorities including EU, Japan, USA and China. Rigorously tested to meet today's highest standards of quality control, they are processed through patented technology and bottled in a formula confirmed by nationally reputed R&D centre to ensure maximum potency and benefits.

Are Gano Well lingzhi capsules suitable for vegetarian?

Gano Well Lingzhi are all packaged in Vcaps® capsules. Vcaps® capsules are the first generation vegetarian capsules, meeting the needs of a wide variety of health-conscious consumers. With both KO and OU Kosher and Halal certification, and certified by the Vegetarian and Vegan Action Society, they are an appealing way to address the preferences of an important growing group of supplement users who indicate that vegetarian source is important in their decision-making. Vcaps® capsules are non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free and preservative-free—a clean-label product.

Is Gano Well Spore Oil Softgel lingzhi capsules suitable for vegetarian?

Spore Oil Softgel is not using Vcaps and the softgel is not suitable for vegetarian as the softgel skin is made from cow bone. You may consider the Gano Extra capsules that is 100% organic and Vcaps@ capsuled. It is the 2nd grade Lingzhi capsules in term of efficacy that is made of Cracked Lingzhi spore powder and Lingzhi young shoots extracts. Both key active ingredients i.e Lingzhi polysaccharides and triterpenes are all very high with its unique formula.

What precautions should I take when I consume Lingzhi products?

(1) Patients during bleeding period need to stop using for a few days. (2) Patients with organ transplantation should use it with caution. Such patients take immunosuppressant for a long time, and Lingzhi products are immune enhancers. If you want to take them, please consult doctor before taking. (3) For severe patients, it is suggested to start taking them in small doses, and then add them to the normal amount after the body adapts. (4) During the attack period of gout, patients should avoid taking Lingzhi. Lingzhi contains a small amount of purine which can increase the pain feeling.  During remission period, you can start with small doses.  After adaptation, Lingzhi can help significantly reduce the number of gout attacks and alleviate the symptoms of gout.



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