What are Ganoderma lucidum spores? What is the difference between Ganoderma lucidum mycelium and Ganoderma lucidum fruit body

To understand the difference between Ganoderma lucidum fruit body and mycelium, you must first understand the growth process of Ganoderma lucidum:

Spore → Mycelium → Fruiting Body → Release Spores

The Ganoderma lucidum (fruiting body) that can be seen by the eyes begins to talk about: When the Ganoderma lucidum matures, the umbrella will turn outwards, ejecting the spores. Once the spores of Ganoderma lucidum that drift in the wind fall on a tree with a suitable environment, they will begin to germinate, and slowly grow sections of short hyphae that can only be seen under a microscope.
The longer and denser mycelium gradually formed a hard, flat, visible thing called the "primordium" of Ganoderma lucidum. The fruit body begins to develop from this time, as long as there is a suitable temperature, humidity and other conditions, there is a chance to grow ganoderma.
(This is the reason why Ganoderma lucidum has to grow only in specific areas and in a controlled environments, always close to a river)

NB:From the growth process of Ganoderma lucidum, we can clearly know: Ganoderma lucidum mycelium and Ganoderma lucidum fruiting bodies are basically the products of Ganoderma lucidum, but the two are very different. The so-called mycelium is similar to the root of a plant; the so-called fruit body is Similar plants or fruits.

The two are biologically completely different things, just like "caterpillars are not butterflies" and "tadpoles are not frogs". Whether it is Ganoderma lucidum, Shiitake mushroom, Straw mushroom, Flammulina velutipes, or any kind of mushroom on the table, humans have eaten fruit bodies for thousands of years, not the mycelium in the BAG . The fruit body is very different from mycelium and should not be confused.
The difference between artificially cultivated Ganoderma lucidum mycelium and fruit body:

1. Cost difference:

   The mycelium can be grown in deep culture medium (dissolving sugars and starches in water). Ganoderma lucidum can be planted in it. It takes about 6 days to complete the production. The whole process from preparation to harvest takes about 20 days. The artificial cultivation of Ganoderma lucidum fruiting bodies uses sawdust and rice bran as the medium. It takes about 100 days to grow , and it takes nearly a year from preparation to harvest. The wild one takes a longer time, at least three to five years, or even eight to ten years before it can be used as medicine. The cost of a Ganoderma lucidum fruiting body is about ten times that of the same weight of mycelium.

2. Differences in effective ingredients:

1) The development and growth of liquid fermentation and solid culture are different, and their metabolites are also different. For example, the triterpenoids, which are very medicinal, are almost non-existent in liquid culture.
2) In addition to polysaccharides and immunomodulatory proteins, the fruit body has many secondary metabolites (such as triterpenoids, ganoderic acid, adenosine); the secondary metabolites of mycelium are few, and the active ingredient is hypha Mainly body polysaccharides. So judging from the "type" of active ingredients, mycelium is incomparable to fruiting bodies.
3) Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides that have been scientifically proven to be effective are mainly derived from fruit bodies, while the efficacy of mycelial polysaccharides is relatively uncertain. Mycelium claims to have the highest polysaccharides, but it actually refers to the total polysaccharides of Ganoderma lucidum mycelium polysaccharides and starch and other sugars in the culture solution (starch is also a polysaccharide and has no biological activity). Such total polysaccharide and pure Ganoderma lucidum polymer polysaccharide are not the same, because their molecular structure and molecular weight are quite different. The medically proven polysaccharides can improve or regulate human immunity, etc., for the Ganoderma macromolecule polysaccharide.

3. Security differences:

From the perspective of the safety classification of healthy food, the fruit body has been consumed for more than 2,000 years. It can be used directly as food in foreign countries without safety problems. Mycelium has only been introduced to the market in recent years. Due to the fermentation process, the control It is not easy to be infected with bacteria, which leads to the production of various toxins and is not easy to be detected. Therefore, toxicological tests are required before the market to indicate that there may be toxicity concerns. Therefore, the security levels of the two cannot be compared at all.


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NB. If the ganoderma company does not provide these documents, there is no clear information about the origin of the ganoderma or the presence of mold, heavy metals and other bacteria. it's a clear sign  of hiding the real data and not wanting to inform the consumers.

As a consumer you are able and entitled to ask for these documents if you see that the manufacturing company does not want to supply or is stalling. WE PERSONALLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO not trust the company and change supplier. Too many consumers are unaware of the production and distribution process that takes place in Asian countries, and therefore all the beautiful companies that you see on your screens that sell Ganoderma lucidum products, are in no way connected with the manufacturing companies, but only, they buy and resell a product with their own brand name without even knowing where it comes from, without having any kind of tests or certificates of analysis. Now the GANODERMA has become a fashion almost that every person improvises as a seller or producer of Ganoderma.  We believe that more than 40 years of experience are an important value to consider when BUYING A PRODUCT.


Finally, it should be emphasized that since ancient times, humans' historical experience in using Ganoderma lucidum and a large number of academic research records are fruit bodies, not mycelium. Therefore, the health care and medicinal values ​​for human health are also different, and should not be confused.
Next time you are thinking to buy GANODERMA LUCIDUM make sure you're buying 100% FRUITING BODY. Anything else is just the easiest way to get this ancient mushroom to the consumers.