Information about Spores


What are Spores?

Spores are the reproductive structures of mushrooms - each spore can produce a new mushroom rather like a seed can produce a plant. But spores, unlike seeds or pollen grains, are composed of only single cells. It is because each spore (each cell) has to germinate, establish and grow into a new mushroom that it is loaded with natural chemical compounds – these compounds are necessary for the success of the new mushroom generation.

Therapeutically, this is why spores are so much more potent ( ~ 75 times more potent) than any other part of the mushroom. Ganoderma spores in particular contain large amounts of natural compounds such as triterpenes (like ganoderic acid) and polysaccharides (like certain β-D-glucans) that have conspicuous health-promoting effects in experiments.

These compounds are capable of extraordinary benefits for human health. However, they are thought to work best synergistically (with one another), something that is not possible to achieve with fractionated or isolated compounds. This explains why whole spores are best.

Cell Wall

Mushroom spores have layered walls (cell walls) that are easy to burst and digest.This is because each spore has to absorb water when it lands on the soil or the surface of a log and quickly germinate. Accordingly, mushroom spores rupture within seconds in the stomach and the contents are easily absorbed. Mushroom spores, unlike many seeds, do not contain significant amounts of oil.



  • Spores are single cells
  • Not seeds or pollen grains
  • Contain many natural compounds
  • Enclosed by simple cell walls
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