Those who say that Ganoderma lucidum spore powder is bitter think that the bitterness originates from triterpenes of Ganoderma lucidum. Those who hold that Ganoderma lucidum spore powder is not bitter believe that the bitterness comes from the blending of Ganoderma lucidum powder or Ganoderma lucidum extract powder into Ganoderma lucidum spore powder.
So what does the authentic Lingzhi spore powder taste like? GANOHERB will give you a clear answer.
First of all, not all triterpenes are bitter. There are hundreds of triterpenes. There are currently more than 260 triterpenes isolated from Ganoderma lucidum. Among them, the bitter triterpenes include ganoderic acid A, ganoderic acid B, lucidenic acid A and lucidenic acid B. Moreover, different ganoderma lucidum triterpenoids have different bitter tastes. And many triterpenes are not bitter.
Secondly, let’s look at the compositions of Ganoderma lucidum spore and Ganoderma lucidum fruiting body. They are very different. The main component of Ganoderma lucidum fruiting body is very bitter Ganoderma lucidum hyphae while Ganoderma lucidum spore is mainly composed of melon seed-like cell nucleus outer wall and yellow oil droplets (spore oil). The triterpenes in the Ganoderma lucidum spore are not exactly the same as those in the Ganoderma lucidum fruiting body. Therefore, the taste of Ganoderma lucidum spore powder is very different from that of Ganoderma lucidum. The spore powder does not have the obvious bitter taste of Reishi mushroom fruiting body.
An Expert who has been engaged in Lingzhi research for nearly 20 years said, “Under a microscope magnified to 2000 times, Ganoderma lucidum spore has a thick layer of cell walls, just like every melon seed is surrounded by a hard nut shell. If the cell walls are not peeled off, the inner nutrients are difficult to overflow and be absorbed by the human body. The pure cell-wall broken spore powder has a special edible fungus aroma instead of bitterness.”
It is also clearly pointed out in the “Shanghai Standards for the Preparation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Decoction Pieces”, “Zhejiang Standards for the Preparation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Decoction Pieces” and “Fujian Standards for the Preparation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Decoction Pieces” that the spore powder is “tasteless”. If the spore powder bought by the consumer is very bitter, it does not meet the standard and is a fake and inferior product. It is basically adulterated with other powders instead of having high triterpene content. The current technology has not been able to make a very bitter cell-wall broken spore powder, which is just a gimmick made by merchants who doped Ganoderma lucidum powder or other substances in order to maximize profits.
Screenshot of “Shanghai Standards for the Preparation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Decoction Pieces”
Under a microscope magnified to 400 times, you can basically see whether the cell walls of spores are broken, whether the spore powder is added with Ganoderma lucidum fine powder, starch and flour, and whether the spore oil is extracted.
“The whole body of Ganoderma lucidum is a treasure. However, if other ingredients such as Ganoderma lucidum powder are added to the spore powder, merchants should clearly label them so that consumers can take what they need. Because the value and price of Ganoderma lucidum cell-wall broken spore powder far exceed those of Ganoderma lucidum powder.” Experts say that when buying cell-wall broken Ganoderma lucidum spore powder, the rate of cell wall breaking is a consideration. In addition, attention should be paid to the variety, origin and cultivation methods of Ganoderma lucidum raw materials.
The GANOHERB brand cell-wall broken Ganoderma lucidum spore powder from the deep mountains of Wuyi is a best-selling product because its raw materials are taken from the Wuyi organic Ganoderma lucidum plantation with 99.9% cell-wall breaking rate, zero additives, safety and no side effects. Another factor that everyone is very concerned about is that GANOHERB cell-wall broken spore powder has a high content of Ganoderma lucidum active ingredients and is of high quality, purity and affordability. Consumers can rest assured to buy and eat it.
1.To smell: Fresh spore powder has a clear fragrance (apricot fragrance); old or spoiled powder has a rancid, sour and musty smell.
2.To observe the color: the normal color should be dark brown. If the color is too dark, the product is likely to have deteriorated. If the color is too light, the product is likely not pure or its cell-wall breaking rate is not high.
3.To taste: The high-quality spore powder has almost no bitterness. If it is particularly bitter, it is probably mixed with Ganoderma lucidum fine powder or Ganoderma lucidum extract.
4.To touch: It is smooth and delicate to touch. The cell-wall broken spore powder often cakes because they are oily, but it will disperse when rubbed with the hands.
5.To brew with hot water: High-quality spore powder with high cell-wall breaking rate can suspend in water and settle slowly. The spore powder with low cell-wall breaking rate or without cell-wall breaking settles quickly in water and will generate stratification after a period of time. The upper layer is clear water while the lower layer is Ganoderma lucidum spore powder.