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If you’re a health nut, you’ve probably heard of reishi, which has taken the wellness world by storm as a powerful superfood with healing properties. As a human, you’ll find it in everything from moisturizers to lattes. 

If you haven’t heard of reishi, no worries ‘cause we’re about to fill you in…

So, why is your fave dog food brand (aw, thanks, you’re so sweet!), going to tell you about a human wellness trend? Because we believe powerful superfoods shouldn't only be reserved for humans. Our dogs deserve healing ingredients too! 

That’s why we use superfoods in Healthybud products. You’ll be amazed by all the benefits they can have for your furry best bud — and reishi (which you’ll find in our “Duck Calming Aid” dog treat and meal topper) is no exception.

What is reishi?

Reishi mushrooms, also known as Lingzhi, grow in hot and humid climates around Asia, and they’ve been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. 

They’re also one of the most popular adaptogenic mushrooms. FYI, “Adaptogens are plants and mushrooms that help your body respond to stress, anxiety, fatigue and overall wellbeing,” according to Cleveland Clinic.   

So many benefits 

Reishi mushrooms have been used to treat lung-related diseases and even cancer! 

WebMD explains that reishi has also been taken for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, kidney disease, asthma, viral infections (like the flu), fatigue and more. 

Here are a bunch of benefits reishi is thought to have for both you and your dog:

  1. Boosts the immune system (which means less time getting sick)
  2. Relieves stress & anxiety
  3. Improves sleep 
  4. Reduces tiredness
  5. Antioxidant
  6. Helps to prevent cancer
  7. Encourages heart health
  8. Regulates blood sugar (which helps to manage diabetes)
  9. All of these effects can work together to slow the aging process.

Now that you know the advantages of reishi, you probably understand why it’s an ingredient in our Duck Calming Aid treat and meal topper, which is designed to help reduce stress and relax our four-legged friends

Our Duck Calming Aid is made with duck meat and turkey liver and contains other superfood ingredients as well, including Ginger Root, Turmeric Powder, Organic Ashwagandha and Gogi Berries.

Fun Fact

Lingzhi translates to “mushroom of immortality”...  so it should come as no surprise that in China, Japan and other Asian countries, reishi is known for promoting long, healthy lives.

Stay healthy, stay happy, stay curious #healthygang! 

Lots of love,

 -The healthybud team

DISCLAIMER: The information presented here is not meant to replace your vet’s advice or prescribed medications, but only to suggest additional options to explore, based on your dog’s condition.