Host Defense - Reishi
Host Defense - Reishi
Host Defense - Reishi
Host Defense - Reishi
Host Defense - Reishi

Host Defense - Reishi

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World famous Paul Stamets has done the research for you. Discover the power of food as medicine when using these carefully grown and selected medicinal mushroom products.  You may have seen his work in the documentary Fantastic Fungi - and now you can see the benefits for yourself with carefully sourced mushroom products. 

Reishi (Canoderma Lucidum) Capsules

From the manufacturer:

Host Defense is built on Paul Stamets’ visionary research into the power and potential of mushrooms, especially mushroom mycelium, the root-like structures found growing below ground. The power of Host Defense comes from the discovery that the mycelium is the immune system of the mushroom.

Just as mycelium helps to support the immune system of humans, it also supports the health and immunity of the natural habitats where it grows. Mushroom mycelium is a cellular bridge connecting bees, trees, bears, plants and humans to the ecosystems in which they live. Our work is to build a healthier world with the power of mushrooms. 

Host Defense Reishi uses activated, freeze-dried, certified-organic mycelium, with a full spectrum of constituents: polysaccharides (beta glucans, arabinoxylane, glucose, galactose and mannose), glycoproteins, ergosterols, triterpenoids and other myco-nutrients, which are essential for supporting natural immunity.


  • Used for more than two millennia in Asia, Reishi has been respectfully called the “mushroom of immortality.” Reishi grows throughout the world, primarily on hardwood trees, and is well known for supporting general wellness and vitality.

Human Recommended Dose: 1.5g (3 capsules) daily, or as recommended by your health care practitioner, with food or on an empty stomach. Can be taken at any time in the day for overall support, or in the evening to support a night of healthy sleep.

How long to see results: Medicinal mushrooms are generally used as tonics to support the various systems and organs over time. You may see benefits as soon as 1-2 weeks or you may notice a slower improvement over 2-3 months.

Warnings: If you have a medical condition, are taking medications, or are pregnant or nursing, consult your healthcare professional before using this product. Additional warning on Health Canada database: For claims related to reductions of symptoms: Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Stop use if hypersensitivity/allergy occurs.

Where it is grown: Pacific North West (Washington State)

Reishi Folklore: Reishi’s history is long and extensive, especially in Chinese medicine. It is often referred to as the Imperial tonic as it was part of the medicines given to the Chinese emperor to prolong life. Other stories tell how it was used significantly by both warrior and ascetic monks. The monks consumed it to deepen their meditation practices. Reishi is also reputed to offer anti-aging (or longevity) properties and so is also often called the Mushroom of Immortality.

Reishi Today: Today Reishi is the #1-selling nutraceutical mushroom species worldwide and is also among the most extensively researched.

As Adaptogen: Reishi has a powerful calming effect on both mind and body and is often used as an adaptogen to help support a healthy stress response.

Cardiovascular Health: In studies, Reishi has demonstrated its ability to reduce elevated blood pressure, likely by calming the sympathetic nervous system, the nervous system that kicks into gear in times of stress. Further cardiovascular support is seen in its support of a healthy lipid profile, helping to reduce the oxidation of our cholesterol.

Immune Health: Reishi appears to excel in helping to modulate and balance immune function and inflammation, making it a very useful mushroom in cases of immune dysfunction. Reishi is an excellent choice for overall wellness support.

Healthy Sleep: Another function of Reishi is associated with sleep. Reishi supports shorter sleep latency (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep when the lights go out), deeper sleep and increased sleeping time.

Host Defense Reishi: Host Defense grows its Reishi on organic brown rice to provide a bio-digestible and bio-available product made from activated mycelium, not from indigestible fruitbodies and spores.

Other mushrooms it works well with:

  • Energy & Stress: Pairs wonderfully with Cordyceps for energy and stress.
  • Immune: Reishi combines very well with other mushrooms to offer long term foundational support for our various organs and systems, along with a wonderful daily immune support.
  • Stress Management: As our most favoured mushroom for a calming yet energizing support in times of stress, Reishi is our top choice in the Stress Decompress formula, along with Lion's Mane for nervous system support

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