Modern research is catching up with what traditional cultures have known for millennia: Mushrooms contain beneficial compounds that may support mind, body and spirit.* Many of those time-honored traditions remain in use, but now science allows us to refine and concentrate each species to deliver better quality and higher concentrations.*
Much of the research on mushrooms has focused on their antioxidant-like properties and the support they may offer to immune function and responses.* This is due in large part to the 1,3 Beta Glucans they contain, as well as other polysaccharides, alkaloids and triterpenoids. Certain mushrooms may also promote longevity, stamina and energy; may support a healthy response to everyday or occasional stress; and/or may promote a healthy brain and nervous system, including focus, concentration, cognition and mental performance.* Individual mushrooms may support different bodily structures and functions, and we follow the latest scientific research in deciding how much and which mushrooms to use in each formula.* (You should always discuss any new dietary supplement with a qualified health-care professional. The information we present is for educational purposes only.)
Since the beneficial compounds in raw mushrooms are “locked” within the cell walls, we process them to ensure bioavailability of those active constituents.* The cell walls of mushrooms are primarily made mostly of chitin, an indigestible material that also makes up fish scales, insect exoskeletons, and crustacean shells. Thankfully, each extraction method is the key to unlocking those different compounds to make them more bioavailable (so your body can make use of them). Due to their unique biochemistry, certain compounds require a specific “key,” or extraction method.
We start with the highest-quality USDA Certified Organic and USA-sourced mushrooms. Then we spend 100 days (or more!) extracting them. First, we ferment them to boost bioavailability of polysaccharides, triterpenoids and alkaloids. Next, comes a hot-water extraction for the polysaccharides. Finally, we do a 90-day alcohol extraction for the triterpenoids and other beneficial compounds.*
Simply put, mushroom fruiting bodies are the above-ground parts you can see (including the cap, stem and gills). They’re what you think of when you think “mushroom.” Mycelium are like the “roots,” hidden below ground and stretching far and wide. Both possess their own beneficial constituents, but most high-quality supplements use only fruiting bodies.* We use both. Here’s why.
Mycelium isn’t a dirty word — but it can be. Our trusted partner farmers take things slow when it comes to cultivating mushrooms. Each mycelium grows until it’s ready, no matter how long that takes. A longer growth cycle allows the mycelium to take over the substrate almost entirely. Once we harvest, less than 5% of the growth material remains. That means all mushrooms, zero fillers! The final result is a better-quality extract that captures the beneficial compounds found in both the mushroom fruiting bodies and the mycelium. When growers cut corners, rush the process and give the mycelium only weeks, the final product contains much higher amounts of the substrate (they are filled with mostly grain-filled mycelial biomass)!
Our mushrooms are grown the right way and extracted the right way — with the third-party lab test results to prove it! You can trust our full-spectrum, whole mushroom powders and extracts.
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