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April 14, 2021 3 min read

Reishi mushrooms are consumed as a nourishing food that contains adaptogenic properties.‡ Taken as part of a healthy regimen, reishi mushrooms and mushroom powder can support the body in adapting to stress and staying focused and grounded in the present.‡

In some cases, as is the case with Rritual’s Reishi Relax plant-based reishi powder, the mushroom powder contains ashwagandha root, an adaptogenic herb long revered to help bring balance to vital bodily functions.‡ That inner balance can support the body’s ability to manage stressful periods of time in an effort to avoid disrupting one’s ability to fall or stay asleep.‡

There are also cases where reishi powders contain traces of mushroom extract that increase the functional benefits of the powders. This begs the question: what exactly is the difference between reishi extract vs. non-extract powder? Let’s look into that.

What is reishi extract?

Reishi mushroom powder helps support the body achieve a balanced mood with the hope of achieving a restful night’s sleep.‡ But what exactly is reishi extract?

Some reishi powders contain traces of mushroom extract derived from a probiotic fermentation process of mushrooms. The extract is rich in a unique range of ferment metabolites that act as “bitter blockers” on the tongue.‡ This allows people who consume reishi mushroom powder to gain the benefits of the powders without experiencing the bitter taste associated with mushrooms.

As stated by WebMD, reishi extract is most commonly taken in the form of a capsule, a liquid, or a powder. The amount of reishi extract that one should consume depends largely on the form of the extract in question, as well as your age, body mass, and overall quality of health.‡

What is reishi mushroom extract used for?

Reishi mushroom extract, taken as part of a regular healthy routine, can provide potential health benefits that improve one’s ability to focus and remain grounded.‡ Studies have shown that ashwagandha can ward off occasional feelings of anxiousness, fatigue, and stress if taken on a regular basis.*

Additionally, reishi’s nourishing ability to help the body remain grounded in the present, coupled with ashwagandha’s adaptogenic properties, can help calm “overactive” minds and frazzled nerves.‡ Both conditions are underlying symptoms of anxiety, a primary driver of stressful and sleep-addled personalities. Reishi extract can support the mind’s ability to relax and ease itself into a restful night’s sleep.‡

What is reishi mushroom powder?

Reishi mushroom powder is a pre-packaged variation of reishi mushrooms. These mushrooms have been used traditionally for centuries in East Asian cultures for both cooking and medicinal purposes. Over time, interest in and demand for reishi mushrooms extended from the east to the west as people became more health conscientious and in favor of more organic products.

According to Medical News Today, reishi powder may also contain dietary fiber alongside various vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.‡ Each of these nutrients can also support the body’s immune system in an effort to stay grounded and relaxed.‡

What is reishi mushroom powder used for?

Once in powder form, reishi has the ability to support the body’s ability to ground itself with an underlying boost to the immune system.‡ Reishi’s adaptogenic properties help the body and the mind process reactions to stressful situations to avoid the physical manifestations of those situations.‡

Additionally, while more research is necessary to draw conclusions, reishi mushroom powder potentially supports other health benefits for regular consumers of reishi products. All in all, reishi powder is meant to give the body and the mind a supportive boost towards achieving a calm and relaxed state of being that promotes greater health, better wellness, and more restful nights of deep sleep.‡

Reishi Extract vs. Powder, What is the difference?

So what exactly is the biggest difference between reishi extract vs. powder? The most obvious difference is at what stage of the mushroom’s lifecycle that the two products are created.

Reishi extract is derived from the  fruit body of the mushroom, which is the visible part of the mushroom that’s visible to the naked eye where it grows in the wild. The extract is obtained from the mushroom once it’s been able to go through its entire lifecycle, upon which it’s then packaged and/or combined with other substances like theashwagandha root.‡

Reishi powder, on the other hand, is typically extracted from the spores of the mushroom that are organically produced by the mushroom at the end of its lifecycle. This is how reishi powder provided by Rritual gets labelled as a plant-based substance and provides the body with opportunities to remain focused, relaxed, and grounded in the present.

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