The Reishi Spores are made of only the spores which are 98% cell-wall cracked for better bioavailability. The Reishi Elixir is made from the fruiting body of the mushroom and also includes organic star anise, organic peppermint extract, and organic licorice root extract that harmonize well with the Reishi. We also add a very small amount of stevia for taste.
While the Reishi Elixir is still very potent and effective, the Reishi Spores contain a higher concentration of triterpenes that increase the adaptogenic effects of the Reishi including sleep support and combating occasional stress. The Reishi spores have a rich, nutty, earthy, almost sweet taste where the Reishi Elixir has a more mellow, light earthy taste.
What are spores? At the end of the reishi mushroom growth cycle, reishi produces spores which are like tiny microscopic seeds which contain the essence of this mushroom.