THE GREENEST SAYS:
This Healthy Aging Reishi Mushroom Blend from New Chapter is a nice little product. It has 1000mgs of Reishi, which is a medicinal adaptogenic mushroom with a handful of potential immune boosting benefits. New Chapter does all the right testing. Their products are non-GMO, totally vegan and have a handful of those other little labels that say they’ve been tested and certified. They’re ICS certified organic. And they’re even Kosher. And to that we say “Mazel Tov!”
What we also like about these capsules is New Chapter grows their mushrooms for 90 days so they reach their the full spectrum of compounds. Which means you get the antioxidants and beta-glucans they have to offer. If we were going to nit pick, we’d say we wish they used only fruiting bodies, instead of the mycelium as well. But that’s our only gripe. Well, we have a lot of gripes, but they’re about other stuff.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
These are Reishi capsules so you can easily add that medicinal mushroom to your daily diet. Reishi, which has been popular in Chinese culture for centuries is also called the “mushroom of immortality.” Since there are no actual cases of people living forever, we’re going to go ahead and assume this is more of a nickname than an actual guarantee. And since they’re capsules, they’re perfect for anyone who doesn’t like the taste of adaptogenic mushrooms. They’re also grown in Vermont, FWIW.
Does this Healthy Aging Reishi Mushroom Blend from New Chapter Use Fruiting Bodies or Mycelium?
They use a combination of mycelia and fruiting bodies. As well as some spores. They also claim that their mushrooms are formulated to help absorption. We can’t verify that, but we like the sound of it. And it helps that New Chapter seems to go above and beyond when it comes to testing.
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HOW MUCH FUNCTIONAL MUSHROOMS AND ADAPTOGENS ARE IN THIS PRODUCT?
This jar has 60 capsules and a total of 1000mgs of Reishi extract. Which makes each capsule have 16.6mgs of Reishi if our math checks out. And honestly, you may want to confirm that because we’ve never been good at math.
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WILL THIS Healthy Aging Reishi Mushroom Blend from New Chapter GET YOU HIGH?
No sirreeee Bob. (The answer is still “no” even if your name isn’t “Bob.”) Reishi is not a “magic mushroom.” Well, it’s sort of magical since it’s an adaptogen that’s been used for centuries to help support immune systems, your adrenal glands, your body’s stress responses and a slew of other things. But it’s not the “magical mushroom” that your uncle took in the ’60s. It’s just like any mushroom you buy at the store.
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HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU TAKE?
We always suggest starting small first, no matter what product you’re taking. Whether it’s CBD or adaptogenic medicinal mushrooms. Take one capsule and see how you feel. If you have no adverse effects, then up your dosage to their recommended two capsules per day.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BECOME EFFECTIVE?
This is where we make everyone mad. Adaptogens and medicinal mushrooms are not an overnight cure-all. They’re more of a lifestyle. You won’t take a pill and feel like you can run a marathon. And anyone who tells you they will is lying to you. And that makes us sad.
IS THIS Healthy Aging Reishi Mushroom Blend from New Chapter LEGAL?
Totally! Reishi is a regular mushroom like a shiitake. But with a little bit more good stuff inside.
IS THIS PRODUCT TESTED AND CERTIFIED?
As we mentioned in the intro paragraph, they have got testing out the wazoo. We’re not sure what’s in the wazoo (and we’re not sure we want to find out), but they have a lot of information and certifications when it comes to everything from DNA testing to make sure their strains are correct to their potency.