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The Power of Japanese Red Reishi: the Real Magic Mushroom Paperback – January 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: World Health Publishing Inc.; 1st edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973210389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973210385
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,766,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Rodgers on September 29, 2009
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This little book has an embossed cover, glossy pages, leaded type, and four-color drawings. There is historical background on red reishi; other medicinal mushrooms (e.g. maitake) are listed, but mentioned as not having the same degree of healing power as red reishi. The text is liberally interspersed with glowing testimonials from people who had various health problems before taking red reishi. A detailed explanation of this mushroom's culture, harvesting, and processsing is given, along with disparaging accounts of other manufactueres' processes. The book cautions you to purchase red reishi only if it has the Japanese holographic seal. There are several pages of bibliography.

The book is very convincing, but it is little more than an infomercial. Incidentally, I searched the Internet for the recommended red reishi and learned that a package--a month's supply--is $93, with a minimum order of two packages. (At this point, I was in sticker shock and didn't even check on the S&H.) I feel cheated!
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On the internet there are several books available (for free) published by World Health Publishing Inc., also dealing with Red Reishi. They all emphasise that only Japanese Reishi products are worth considering.

This is not only not objective but also plain wrong.

All Japanese Reishi products are hot water extracts only, and do therefore not contain the triterpenes, which require alcohol extraction. Triterpenes are actually what makes Reishi special, not the polysaccharides, which are also present in other mushrooms.

The prices for Japanese products are indeed very high, which is in line with the Japanese idea that quality can never be cheap. So, you will have a hard time finding low priced mushroom products in Japan. Because, if quality is expensive than expensive means quality, right ?

WRONG!!

They also NEVER give a breakdown of the active ingredients on the supplement facts label, so it is difficult to make a comparison with other suppliers, unless you can do your own testing. Some actually did test the Japanese products, and found that there is nothing to justify the high price: the percentages of bio-actives are not particularly high and often even lower than in competing (mostly Chinese) products. They also found in some cases additives.
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By Owl on September 19, 2008
This book is written for people with a curiosity about but no experience or knowledge of the healing power of mushrooms.
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By MrsMorris on March 15, 2011
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I am very happy with this book. It was in excellent condition! You couldn't tell it had been used at all. I will definitely order again. Thank you so much.
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