Reishi Mushroom in Australia: Buying Guide

Last Updated on June 25, 2022

Looking to buy Reishi mushrooms in Australia? This guide will help you find the best quality products for this unique mushroom and ensure you’re getting the highest quality Reishi product.

Countless studies show that Reishi mushrooms (also known as Ganoderma lucidum or ganoderma lingzhi) have beneficial health properties, but consumers should be aware that not all Reishi products are equally effective. According to a study published in the journal “Scientific Reports”, a whopping 74% of Reishi products didn’t contain what was promised in the packaging. This not only means many consumers are not getting their “bang for their buck”, but they will not reap the health benefits offered by high-quality products. This also makes choosing the right products particularly important for those hoping to use Reishi to help treat serious illnesses. 

There are many options for choosing high-quality Reishi and medicinal mushrooms in Australia. If you are comparing different Reishi products you can follow the tips mentioned in this guide to ensure that you are getting a high-quality product. 

Top 3 best Reishi products in Australia

Before you purchase from these medicinal mushroom brands, it is important that you first read our Reishi buying guide.

The top choices by our team for the best Reishi powders in Australia are as follows:

1. Dr Noel’s Reishi Powder

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10% discount code: worldmushroom

  • Product: Concentrated Reishi Powder
  • Ingredients: 100% Pure Organic Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushroom powder
  • Polysaccharides: ≥ 15%
  • Beta Glucans: ≥ 10%
  • Non GMO: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Country + Location Grown: Longquan County, Zhejiang Province
  • Price: $59.95 AUD
  • Number of servings: 80
  • Contains Mycelium or Grain? No
  • Contains Fruiting Bodies? Yes
  • Serving suggestion or serving size: Mix 1/4-1/2 tsp (1g) into hot or cold beverage or dish. Can be used multiple times daily for best results.

Pros

  • Founded by Dr. Arnold Noel and Xingli Wang, with over 50 years of experience in the medicinal mushroom industry, both in China and Australia
  • The Reishi fruiting bodies have been preheated before pulverisation to powder to be more bioavailable
  • Does not contain any starch, grains or filler
  • Beta-glucan amount of ≥ 10% specified on the label
  • 100% Organic (USDA Organic Certified, European Union Organic Certified)
  • Non GMO, Di Dao sourced
  • Certificate of Analysis report provided on request
  • Health benefits: May support stress-relief, anxiety, sleep, wellbeing, immunity, inflammation, blood pressure, cholesterol regulation

Cons

  • Available in powder form only
  • Not dual extracted so may have less amounts of triterpenes that is made more bioavailable from an alcohol extraction process


2. Teelixir Reishi (Extract Powder)

  • Product: Reishi Mushroom
  • Ingredients: Wild cultivated and 100% log-grown Red Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) fruiting body
  • Extraction Method & Extraction Ratio: 10:1 Dual Extraction
  • Polysaccharides: >2%
  • Beta Glucans: >35%
  • Non GMO: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Country + Location Grown: Changbai Mountain, Jilin province, China
  • Price:
    $48.99 AUD for 100 g (3.5 oz)
    $29.99 AUD for 50 g (1.8 oz)
    $167 AUD for 500 g (1.1 lb)
    $318 AUD for 500 g (1.1 lb)
  • Number of servings: 31
  • Contains Mycelium or Grain? No
  • Contains Fruiting Bodies? Yes
  • Serving suggestion or serving size: When taking Reishi extracts we recommend starting with 1/4 – 1/2 tsp (1.6g) per day

Pros

  • Dual-extracted for increased bioavailability
  • Does not contain any grain filler
  • Low heavy metals verified
  • High amount of Beta-glucan >35% amount specified on the label
  • 100% Australian Certified Organic (ACO), non GMO, Di Dao sourced
  • Plastic free and recyclable packaging
  • Health benefits: Stress reduction and calm mind, increase of energy, immune support, allergy support, improves hair and skin health, supports gut health, fights candida, nourishes vital organ function

Cons

  • Only available in powder form. Reishi capsules would be more convenient


3. SuperFeast Reishi (Extract Powder)

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10% discount code: WMS

  • Product Title: Reishi
  • Ingredients: Ganoderma lucidum Reishi mushroom
  • Extraction: Method & Extraction Ratio dry extract 200mg / 250ml equivalent to dry mushroom 2g
  • Polysaccharides minimum: 20%
  • Beta Glucans: Not specified
  • Non GMO: Yes
  • Organic: No
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Country + Location Grown: Dabie Mountains China
  • Price:
    $40.00 AUD for 50g
    $58.00 AUD for 100g
    $93.00 AUD for 250g
    $275.00 AUD for 1kg
  • Contains Mycelium or Grain? No
  • Contains Fruiting Bodies? Yes
  • Serving suggestion or serving size: Adults, mix 200mg in 250ml warm water & drink immediately.

Pros

  • Independently tested for metals, pesticides, molds, and microbials at TGA accredited facilities
  • Strong emphasis on authentic Di Dao sourcing and Daoist philosophy
  • Dual extracted for bioavailability
  • Does not contain any grain filler
  • $50,000 donated to land care and indigenous charities
  • Health benefits: Stress management, improves energy, gut support, improves liver, heart and lung function, boosts immune system

Cons

  • Beta-glucan amount currently not specified on the label
  • Not organic


Buying Guide for the best Reishi supplements

Mycelium vs fruiting bodies

When choosing a product one of the first things to analyze is to see if it is made from mycelium or the mushroom fruiting bodies. If you are not familiar with the term, just think of mycelium as the white spider web-like “roots” of the mushrooms, whereas the fruiting bodies are the structures we eat and know as mushrooms. 

While fruiting bodies are traditionally what has been used in medicine, today many products contain fungal mycelium instead of fruiting bodies. While mushroom mycelium has been shown to be medicinal there are issues with their use in medicinal supplements. Mostly it is that mycelium-based products actually contain relatively small quantities of fungal biomass and instead contain starches and other compounds from the grains that the mycelium is cultivated on. Because of this, these supplements contain high quantities of starches (which many try to eliminate from our diet anyway!) and low quantities of the medicinal compounds we are after. 

mycelium-and-fruiting-body

How to know if your supplement is made from mycelium or fruiting bodies

  • Check the label! Ingredients in mycelium products will likely list grains (like brown rice, wheat, barley, etc.) and will have a high quantity of carbohydrates.
  • Producers will often mention if they are made from fruiting bodies. It should say “Made with 100% Whole Fruiting Bodies” or something of the like. 

It should be noted that dozens of studies have been conducted on medicinal mushroom mycelium that show it does indeed have strong medicinal properties. The biggest difference is that scientific studies usually use pure mycelium that contains no extra grains or fillers. In these cases, fungal compounds are much more concentrated than grain-based mycelium products typically sold in the supplement industry.

Ideal extraction methods

Medicinal mushrooms are most often consumed as extracts. These concentrate the number of medicinal compounds in an easy-to-consume product. They are ideal for consumption not only due to their potency but also because of their high bioavailability and ease of consumption. Other forms of consuming Reishi may be more laborious to prepare and not fully extract all the desired compounds. 

The dual extraction

In the medicinal mushroom world, the most common extractions are known as “dual extractions”. They are “dual” because of the fact they use both alcohol and water as solvents. This ensures that all water-soluble and alcohol-soluble compounds end up in the final product.

  • Water is used for extracting the polysaccharides known as beta-glucans. These are found in high quantities in Reishi mushrooms and are one of the most medicinal components it contains.
    • Beta-Glucans are compounds found ubiquitously within the fungal kingdom. They are a type of polysaccharide that occurs within the cell walls of the mushroom and have been shown to exhibit a wide array of health properties. The benefits of beta-glucans are diverse but usually tied to improved immune function, digestive health, improved well-being, and anti-cancer properties. 
  • Alcohol is used for extracting triterpenes present in Reishi mushrooms. In the case of tinctures, it also helps as a preservative that increases the shelf life of the mushroom. 
    • Triterpenes are alcohol soluble compounds that exhibit a wide array of medicinal properties. Over 50 different triterpenes occur in Reishi mushrooms, the most common being Ganoderic acid. Another important triterpene is lucidenic acid. These are shown to be immune-modulating, anti-cancer, and help with a variety of chronic diseases. 

Extraction Ratios

The extraction ratio is something that is commonly mentioned in medicinal mushroom products. They may say something like “10:1 Reishi Mushroom Extract”. What this ratio represents is that the producer used 10kg of Reishi mushrooms for every 1kg of extract they end up with. The higher the ratio usually suggests the more potent the product. 

It should be noted that a 10:1 product may not necessarily contain twice the active components of a 5:1 product. This is because this ratio does not necessarily represent the effectiveness of the extraction or the quality of the original materials. It is also important to consider that the more potent the extract doesn’t always reflect the effectiveness of the product. This is because higher doses may not necessarily always be more effective in specific treatments. The only real way to compare the potency of unique supplements is by a chemical analysis that measures the number of beta-glucans, triterpenes, and other fungal-derived compounds. 

Extracts can also be found in tinctures or powders. Powders tend to be much more potent by weight because they contain none of the liquids originally used in the extraction process. 

Reishi mushrooms should be bitter

While bitter flavors are usually considered unpleasant they are often characteristics of many medicinal compounds. This is the case for the triterpenes present in Reishi mushrooms. Since Reishi generally refers to a wide group of mushrooms in the classification Ganoderma the number of triterpenes in the original biomass used for extraction can vary. Improper extraction methods can also result in low quantities of triterpenes. 

For this reason, your Reishi products must have a bitter taste. If you are uncertain of the quality of your extract you can taste it for bitterness. A high-quality Reishi product should quickly stimulate a bitter flavor on your tongue within moments of tasting. All you need is a tiny bit to get the bitter flavor. If your product is sold within a capsule you can open one up to test for bitterness. While the bitter flavor may be unpleasant it is not something you should worry about or be concerned of

Beta-Glucans on the label

Some of the most reputable producers of Reishi supplements test the number of beta-glucans in their products. If this is the case then they will usually display this information on the label. As previously mentioned, these are some of the most important compounds present within the mushrooms. 

While Beta-Glucans are a type of polysaccharide consumers should beware of not judging their products solely on polysaccharide contents that may be mentioned on the label. This is because some products may contain polysaccharides originating from plants and thus will not have the desired medicinal effect. It should also be noted that certain plants like Oats, also produce beta-glucans that are not as effective. 

If your products contain both the information of beta-glucans and polysaccharides make sure that the polysaccharide content is no more than 5% higher than beta-glucan content. Also, be sure to avoid products that may contain plant or yeast-based beta-glucans as these are not going to have the desired effect. 

Australian grown Reishi vs Chinese grown Reishi

China has been using mushroom-based medicine for thousands of years, long before it became popular in the west. China is the largest producer of Reishi mushrooms in the world.  They indeed can produce some low-quality mushrooms and products, but the majority of the best quality Reishi products are grown in China.

Reishi mushrooms are currently banned from being grown in Australia, according to Dr Noel. If you see “Australian grown Reishi”, you should assume it is a marketing gimmick, or it is a completely different species of Reishi.

There is frequent discussion about the quality of health foods and supplements coming from China. China has high rates of air pollution which can negatively affect the quality of soil with unwanted pollutants and heavy-metals. This is something to consider when purchasing Reishi products in Australia. We suggest always looking for a Certification of Analysis. 


Certificate of analysis

If unsure, ask the producer for a third party Certificate of Analysis (COA). A Certificate of Analysis from a third party lab is important to identify the beneficial compounds (eg. beta-glucans, triterpenes, ergosterol) in the Reishi product, as well as to avoid heavy metals and other foreign contaminants. Heavy metals that are typically tested for range from arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. Quality Australian sellers should be able to provide this upon request, or better yet, publicly display this on their website.

Organic

Look for Reishi supplements that are certified organic. This ensures that your products do not contain herbicides, fungicides or pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Look for the widely recognised stamp of quality and integrity of the Australian Certified Organic logo on the packaging.

Reishi products available in Australia

Reishi powder

Reishi dried powders are made from pulverizing the 100% fruiting body. Reishi Powders are often called ‘full-spectrum’ as you get the ‘full entourage effect’ of consuming the entire mushroom and therefore getting all the nutritional benefits as a whole-food. Powders are generally made from mushrooms that have been heated or processed in a way to make the medicinal compounds bioavailable.

Reishi extract

Extracts contain the individual medicinal compounds of Reishi without the biomass. This is done via an extraction process with hot water and/or alcohol and solvents (dual extraction). This makes small doses of Reishi highly potent, extremely compact, and have a longer shelf life. With an extract, however, you don’t receive the full benefit of consuming the mushroom as a whole food which can exclude some beneficial components.

There are two different types of extracts available in Australia:

1. Reishi tinctures

Tinctures are liquid extracts that most often use water and alcohol solvents. They are a convenient method of consuming Reishi.

2. Reishi powdered extracts

Powdered extracts are the dry powdered result of extracting the individual medicinal compounds from the Reishi mushroom. Powdered extracts can be extracted from both the fruiting body and/or the mycelium.

Reishi capsules

Capsules and Tablets are usually either filled with Reishi mushroom powders or extracts. They are the most convenient way to dose and consume Reishi. Buying capsules are in growing demand in Australia as they are an easy option for those already regularly taking supplements or other medications in this form.

Reishi coffee and tea

Reishi can be incorporated into hot drinks such as coffee and tea. The big benefit these products have is that they are easy to incorporate into your daily routine.

Reishi Tea can be purchased as tea bags containing both Reishi powder and dried tea herbs; leaves.

Reishi Coffee products are sold as ground coffee beans mixed with Reishi powder.

Fresh Reishi mushrooms

Reishi is a tough and woody mushroom. It cannot be cooked up like the edible mushrooms you may be more familiar with. In most cases, fruiting bodies should be cooked in simmering water for at least 20 minutes, although three to four hours is most recommended. You cannot buy fresh Reishi mushrooms as whole fruiting bodies currently in Australia.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Reishi Mushroom Legal in Australia? 

Yes, Reishi is legal for purchase and consumption in Australia. All Reishi supplements and medicinal mushroom products and can registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia (TGA).

Can Reishi be purchased from my doctor?

Although Reishi is considered a Medicinal Mushroom, you cannot buy it from your doctor. You also do not need a prescription for it. Reishi is considered a complementary medicine that can be purchased online or in stores. Also, many Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) practitioners dispense and sell dried Reishi.

In Australia, medicinal products containing such ingredients as certain herbs, vitamins and minerals, nutritional supplements, homeopathic medicines and aromatherapy products are referred to as ‘complementary medicines’ and are regulated as medicines by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act) and the supporting Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990.

Can Reishi products be purchased from a naturopath?

Yes, many Australian naturopaths sell Reishi supplements as part of their treatment for various illnesses.

Does Chemist Warehouse sell Reishi?

Yes, Chemist Warehouse sells some products that contain Reishi. Look for Ganoderma Lucidum on the product label.

How much does Reishi mushrooms cost in Australia?

The price of Reishi in Australia can vary, depending on the product type and producer.

Reishi Extracts, powders and capsules can range from $24 per product to over $100.

Health benefits of Reishi

  • Improves immune function
  • May help in adjunct cancer treatment
  • Helps with depression
  • Reduces fatigue
  • May Improve Heart Health
  • May Help With Diabetes

Other Medicinal Properties

  • Ganoderma and its extracts contain high quantities of antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. (Ferreira, 2015
  • Ganoderma was shown to help improve learning and memory in mice. (Want, 2004Khatian, 2019)
  • Ganoderma has prebiotic properties and may help treat obesity. (Delzenne, 2015)
  • Ganoderma has been shown to have good potential as an anti-inflammatory supplement. (Wu, 2019)
  • Ganoderma species may help promote sleep quality and length. (Cui, 2012Yao, 2021

Conclusion

We hope this guide has helped you learn more about buying Reishi in Australia. Reishi should be used as a supplement to a holistic treatment that often includes changes in diet, habits, and daily lifestyles.

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