There are six types of Ganoderma – only distinguished by their colours – red, white, black, yellow, green and purple. More studies have been done on the red Reishi, which is why it’s the most well known type, but the properties and benefits of each variety are thought to be extremely similar.
Reishi is the name given to the mushrooms in Japan and is the most widely recognised name, but in China, they are known as Lingzhi, which translates as ‘mushroom of immortality’. The Japanese government even lists the Reishi mushroom as an official cancer treatment.
Cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s are feared by many of us and although there is no proven cure, research has found that extracts of Reishi mushrooms stimulate nerve growth factor in the brain, which plays a major part in healthy cognitive function.
For more info on this species, read here. We would also encourage you to do your own further research on this wonderful mushroom!