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Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum)

A form of mushroom, that's long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for a variety of disorders ranging from treating tumours and cancers, to lowering high cholesterol and regenerating the liver. It's active ingredient being germanium.

They're available in capsule form from health food shops and sometimes incorporated into multivitamin-mineral supplements. See 'Germanium'; For more nutritional information see 'Nutrients A to Z' by Dr. Michael Sharon (Prion Books)

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