Mushrooms have been used in both Chinese and Japanese cultures for over 4,000 years with the reishi, shiitake and maitake mushroom species being a key focus for scientific research.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushrooms are very rich in health supporting phytonutrients such as polysaccharides, triterpenes and phytosterols.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa) is yet another mushroom with an impressive research record in studies that have assessed its potential health benefits.
Its main active phytonutrient compounds are polysaccharides such as alpha-glucans which may support immune function.
Shiitake (Lentinus edodes) has been the subject of considerable research due to its impressive health supporting properties. Its main active phytonutrient components include eritadenine, polysaccharides and lignins.
The mushrooms found in Solgar® Reishi Shiitake Maitake Mushroom Extract are from the fruiting body of the mushroom, which means they are rich in nutritional compounds such as beta-glucans and mycelium derived extracts. In addition, the mushrooms are grown on a wood medium, rather than rice or grain, which further enhances their nutritional profile and better represents how mushrooms grow in the wild.