Reishi Mushrooms for Dogs & Cats
Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) grow in various hot and humid locations in Asia and are rightly a staple in Eastern medicine. Reishi is also known as “the mushroom of immortality” for its effective ability to promote longevity and wellness. Reishi mushroom can be eaten fresh or in powdered forms, but is also commonly served in teas or in liquid tinctures. As one of the most well researched functional mushrooms on the planet, Reishi has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and by holistic practitioners for centuries.
When found in the wild, they are typically growing on oak or maple trees. Used by many for its health benefits for longevity, Reishi’s bold nickname of “mushroom of immortality” is fitting. Reishi mushrooms are edible, but have a bitter taste so it is often used in teas, capsules or supplement powders. Due to its immunomodulating benefits of both the mycelium and the fruiting body of this mushroom can be consumed on a regular basis.
Shopping for Reishi Mushrooms for Dogs & Cats
Reishi mushrooms for dogs and cats are adaptogenic, which can sound a bit vague, but has enormous potential for health benefits. Adaptogens are typically herbs or mushrooms that help the body reach homeostasis or balance. Another way to understand adaptogens, is that it allows the body to handle or adapt to various types of stress.
The benefits of Reishi mushrooms for dogs and cats are wide-ranging, but primarily have shown to support immune function. Beta-glucans are found in most mushrooms and activate the immune response in the body that provide a natural immunity to common colds and allergies. In addition to beta glucans, polysaccharides, and antioxidants; the mycelium from Reishi can activate an immune response. The powder form of Reishi mushroom for dogs and cats can be found in our capsules and is easily mixed into a light snack or your pet’s favorite meal.
Reishi Mushrooms: Beyond Beta Glucans
All of our mushroom supplements containing Reishi Mushrooms are a full spectrum extract containing beneficial compounds from both the mycelium & fruiting body. Our reishi mushrooms for dogs and cats are triple extracted and grown on organic millet. We grow multiple strains of reishi in a USDA Organic facility in the USA and are 3rd party lab tested for purity and potency. In recent years, studies have shown that the wide variety of polysacharrides found in Reishi mushrooms for dogs and cats can provide liver protection and immune modulating benefits for inflammatory responses in the body.
When choosing a quality mushroom supplement for pets, make sure to look for the aforementioned details, as many mushroom products for pets are simply spray dried powder. These types of products have very low digestibility, as they have not broken down the “chitin”, which prevents the beneficial compounds in Reishi mushrooms from being absorbed.
Health Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms for Dogs and Cats:
- Supports cardiovascular health
- Helps with seasonal or dietary allergies
- Boosts exercise performance and endurance
- Helps modulate mood and fatigue
- Immune enhancing effects
- Promotes normal detoxification processes
- Contains antioxidants that are important for normal liver function
- Supports oxygen utilization