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1 What are medicinal mushrooms?

Medicinal mushrooms have exceptional medicinal properties compared to culinary mushrooms. While medicinal mushrooms are just getting popular in the West, they have been used for thousands of years in cultures around the world, particularly in Asian countries. They have been considered to be highly valuable tonics for life, energy, and longevity. Modern science continues to validate these centuries-long traditional uses.

All mushrooms whether medicinal or culinary have nutritional and medicinal properties to different degrees. Yet, what makes medicinal mushrooms stand out is their unique profile of medicinal compounds. Some of the better known compounds are polysaccharides such as beta-D-glucan, PSK (polysaccharide krestin) and PSP (polysaccharide peptide) as well as triterpenoids.

2 Is there a difference between ‘functional’ and ‘medicinal’ mushrooms?
3 What do medicinal mushroom extracts taste like?
4 Who should take medicinal mushroom extracts?
5 Do medicinal mushrooms contain stimulants?
6 Do you have scientific research backing the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms?

Quality

1 How do I gauge the medicinal potency of mushroom products?

Since the quality of mushroom products offered in the US can vary greatly, it is important to know what you got! Here are the most important signs to watch out for:

  • Tested levels of active compounds, e.g. beta-D-glucans
  • Tested for heavy metals
  • Extract made from fruiting body, not from mycelium
  • Grown on trees and tree logs, not on grains
  • No added fillers, binders, or other questionable ingredients

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2 Are your mushroom extracts organic?
3 What is the polysaccharides content of your mushroom extracts?
4 What levels of (1-3, 1-6) beta-D-glucan should I expect in a high quality mushroom extract?
5 How do you test for beta-D-glucan levels?
6 Are you testing your mushroom extracts for heavy metals?
7 What is the difference between raw mushrooms and mushroom extracts?
8 How are your mushrooms extracted?
9 On what medium are your mushrooms grown on?
10 Are you using mycelium on grain for your mushroom extracts?
11 What is mycelium?
12 Are there any other ingredients added to your mushroom extracts?
13 Is your mushroom extract a liquid or powder?
14 Are you HACCP or GMP certified?
15 Where do your medicinal mushrooms come from?

How to Take Medicinal Mushrooms

1 Will your extract powders completely dissolve in water?

Our mushroom extracts dissolve in both cold and hot water. Sometimes it clumps a little bit, but if stirred this will dissolve completely, especially if added to hot water.

2 How do I make medicinal mushroom tea?
3 How much medicinal mushroom extract is safe to take?
4 When is the best time to take medicinal mushroom extract?
5 I am in good health, do I need a medicinal mushroom extract?
6 Can I feel an immediate effect after taking a medicinal mushroom extract?

Contraindications

1 Are medicinal mushroom extracts safe for children?

Because there isn’t enough scientific data to back up safety in young children, it is best for young children to avoid medicinal mushroom extracts. If you nevertheless would like to give your child our mushroom extract, please consult a pediatrician or qualified healthcare practitioner before taking the supplement.

2 I am pregnant/ breastfeeding: Is taking a medicinal mushroom extract safe?
3 Are medicinal mushroom extracts safe for animals?
4 Who shouldn’t take medicinal mushroom extracts?

Chaga

1 What is chaga?

Chaga is a fungus and also goes by its Latin name ‘Inonotus obliquus’. Due to its extraordinary health properties this medicinal mushroom has been called ‘King of Mushrooms’ for thousands of years by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners.

2 What is chaga mushroom used for?
3 Which nutrients does chaga contain?
4 Is chaga a mushroom?
5 Why are you using the chaga sclerotia and not fruiting body for your extracts?
6 How does chaga grow?
7 On what medium was your chaga grown?
8 Is there any mycelium in your chaga extract?
9 What is the extraction ratio of your chaga extract?
10 What are the main active medicinal compounds in chaga?
11 What is the beta-D-glucan content of your chaga extract?
12 What is the triterpenoid content of your chaga extract?
13 Does chaga contain melanin?
14 How much chaga extract is safe to take?

Cordyceps

1 What are cordyceps?

Cordyceps is a fungus. The most commonly known varieties are cordyceps militaris and cordyceps militaris.

2 What is the difference between cordyceps sinensis and cordyceps militaris?
3 Is your cordyceps extract vegan?
4 What are cordyceps mushrooms used for?
5 Who should take cordyceps mushroom extract?
6 On what medium was your cordyceps grown?
7 How are your cordyceps extracted?
8 What are the main active medicinal compounds in cordyceps?
9 What is the beta-D-glucan content of your cordyceps extract?
10 What is the cordycepin content of your cordyceps extract?
11 How much cordyceps extract is safe to take?
12 Is cordyceps extract a stimulant?
13 When is the best time to take cordyceps extract?

Lion’s Mane

1 What is lion's mane?

The hair of a lion : )

Well, lion’s mane is also a fungus and goes by its latin name Hericium erinaceus.

2 What are lion's mane mushrooms used for?
3 Who should take lion's mane mushroom extract?
4 On what medium were your lion's mane mushrooms grown?
5 How is your lion's mane extracted?
6 What are the main active medicinal compounds in lion's mane?
7 What is the beta-D-glucan content of your lion's mane extract?
8 What is the hericenones and erinacines content of your lion's mane extract?
9 How much lion's mane extract is safe to take

Reishi

1 What is reishi?

Reishi is a fungus and also goes by its Latin name ‘Ganoderma lucidum’. Due to its extraordinary health properties this medicinal mushroom has been called ‘Mushroom of Immortality’ or ‘Queen of Mushrooms’’ for thousands of years by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners.

2 What is reishi mushroom used for?
3 Which reishi is the best?
4 Is reishi extract bitter?
5 On what medium is your reishi grown?
6 What is the extraction ratio of your reishi extract?
7 What are the main active medicinal compounds in reishi?
8 What is the beta-D-glucan content of your reishi extract?
9 What is the triterpenoids content of your reishi extract?
10 When is the best time to take reishi extract?
11 How much reishi extract is safe to take?
12 Does reishi interact with any drugs?

Turkey Tail

1 What is turkey tail?

Turkey tail is a fungus and also goes by its Latin name ‘Coriolus versicolor’. This mushroom is named after its distinctive striped fan that resembles the feather formation of a wild turkey, however, the exoticness does not stop here. The Ancient Egyptians called this power mushroom the ‘Sons of Gods’, sent to protect them from harm.

2 What is turkey tail mushroom used for?
3 Is your turkey tail extract vegan?
4 On what medium was your turkey tail grown?
5 How is your turkey tail extracted?
6 What are the main active medicinal compounds in turkey tail?
7 What is the beta-D-glucan content of your turkey tail extract?
8 What is the PSK and PSP content of your turkey tail extract?
9 How much turkey tail extract is safe to take?

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