Properties and benefits of medicinal mushrooms for the body

Did you know that mushrooms had so many health benefits for the body?

This is because these medicinal mushrooms contain high quantities of polysaccharides, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals1.

Medicinal mushrooms have been used as health remedies in the Far East for centuries, because of their immune system-boosting benefits, their ability to reduce cholesterol1 and their antioxidant effect.

Find out more about these incredibly beneficial mushrooms for the body:


Shiitake (Lentinula edodes (Berk.) Pegler) has been cultivated in Japan and China for thousands of years. This mushroom is also known as the ‘mushroom of the Shii tree’2.

The shiitake mushroom has been known to have multiple benefits since ancient times. This age-old food was reserved exclusively for the Emperor and his family, as it was considered the ‘elixir of life’.

Shiitake is packed with essential health compounds, including:

- Polysaccharides (beta-glucans).

- Essential amino acids (arginine and alanine).

- Vitamin D - Vitamin B (thiamine, riboflavin and niacin).

- Minerals (sodium, potassium, etc.) - Fibre3.

Because of its properties, this mushroom helps to strengthen the immune system. Its vitamin D content enhances the assimilation of calcium and phosphorus. Meanwhile, its iron content boosts energy and reduces tiredness4, and it also has a strong antioxidant effect, helping to slow down ageing5.

Our PLANTAE®’s Organic Shiitake is a 100% natural origin dietary supplement suitable for vegetarians and vegans, produced in plant-based capsules. This product is a great choice for anyone who wants to stimulate their natural defences.



Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum (Curstis) P. Karst.) is a fungus native to China, where it has been used for more than 4,000 years. This mushroom is traditionally known as the ‘mushroom of eternal youth’ because of its countless beneficial properties for the body6.

More than 200 different species of Reishi mushroom are currently known, with Red Reishi being the most widely recognised. The Reishi mushroom, known in the Far East as ‘Lingzhi’, is known to have multiple benefits thanks to its high polysaccharide content13.

Ganoderma Lucidum has become a very popular mushroom because of its excellent properties, with its array of benefits for the body, including its contribution to healthy natural immune defence function7, the reduction of cholesterol levels8 and its antioxidant effect9.

Our PLANTAE®’s Organic Reishi capsules help strengthen the immune system and improve cardiovascular health8, reducing blood cholesterol levels. This 100% natural origin supplement has been made with red Reishi mushrooms, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians.



Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc.) is a fungus whose mycelium grows inside a caterpillar. This mushroom is native to the Tibetan plateau, China, Bhutan, Nepal and the north- eastern regions of India. Because of its unique biological cycle, it is shrouded in legend and mysticism. Known as ‘brown gold’, the Cordyceps fungus has been used in traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicine for centuries, thanks to its numerous known therapeutic properties14.

Cordyceps is highly prized in Eastern culture, where giving it as a gift signifies respect and wishes the person receiving it a long life.

All this is due to its extraordinary active compounds, derived mainly from:

- Nucleosides: molecules involved in regulating and modulating various physiological processes in the central nervous system.

- Polysaccharides: a major component of Cordyceps sinensis, and responsible for a high number of the pharmaceutical properties of this anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulatory fungus.

- Sterols: including ergosterol (a component of the cellular membrane of fungi, and a vitamin D2 precursor)12.

Several studies support the beneficial effects of Cordyceps against ageing, improving the immune system, intestinal well-being, reducing cholesterol, improving blood flow, and its anti- fatigue effect16-19.

Anastore’s Cordyceps supplement has been obtained through a 100% natural patented fermentation process. This dietary supplement contains high-quality, intensively researched dry extract of Cordyceps with high cordycepic acid and adenosine content. It is a product for people wanting to boost their immune system and looking for an aphrodisiac tonic.



Maitake (Grifola frondosa (Dicks.)) is a medicinal mushroom traditionally known in Japan as the ‘dancing mushroom’ because people would dance with happiness when they found it.

Considered a highly prized commodity, the Maitake mushroom has been used for centuries in the Land of the Rising Sun to produce medicines.

This mushroom, like other medicinal mushrooms, contains several polysaccharides including beta-glucans: a natural stimulator of the immune system. Because of its multiple benefits, it is a renowned antioxidant and contains a high level of certain vitamins. It also has immunostimulant properties that support the body’s defences4, helping it to cope with liver and digestive system ailments11.

Our Maitake dietary supplement is made from organically grown maitake, with dry extract of maitake mushroom. Introduce this supplement into your diet for optimal well-being.


Anastore offers dietary supplements made from standardised dry extracts of these high nutritional value mushrooms containing 50% polysaccharides and 15% beta-glucans. We also offer a wide variety of products to improve and enhance your well-being.

Cordyceps (CordycepsPrime™)

500 mg / 90 capsules

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Organic Reishi

300 mg / 30 capsules

13,90 €

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Organic Shiitake

250 mg / 60 capsules

21,90 €

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Organic Maitake (Grifola frondosa)

250 mg / 60 capsules

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