Our main focus is to offer you the safest, cleanest, and highest-quality products possible. To ensure this, we test all of our products in third party laboratories for heavy metals, microbial quality, aflatoxins, mycotoxins, mold, yeast and pesticides. You can read even more about our quality standards here!
Currently, our mushroom fruiting bodies of (reishi, lion's mane, cordyceps, shiitake, maitake, etc), are grown in controlled environments in China on an amazing organic family farm that we have been working with for over 6 years. We choose to source mainly from China, as they have the longest history in mushroom cultivation (dating back to 600 A.D!), and their methods are far superior to anywhere else in the world. China is estimated to provide about 85% of the world’s mushrooms, and almost all of the world’s fruiting bodies! It’s really the only place where you could get organic and dual-extracted mushroom fruiting bodies.
We optimize the growing medium for each specific mushroom, so they can grow naturally, just as they would in nature. For example with reishi, we grow the red reishi strain on myceliated basswood logs that are buried underground. The mushrooms are only collected when the fruiting bodies are formed and grown into an optimal size, after which they go through our extensive dual-extraction process and 3rd party quality testing in the U.S. (our main lab testing partner is Eurofins).
We do agree that all parts of the fungi have their benefits, however we choose to use the fruiting bodies of mushrooms, and never mycelium grown on grains. According to the FDA, mycelium has an identity different than actual mushrooms. Normally, mycelium based products contain 50-80% starch from the growing substrate, up to 50% less beta-glucans than fruiting bodies, and far less beneficial compounds.
The one exception to our mycelium rule is the Ophiocordyceps sinensis (Cs-4 cordyceps) we use in two of the products (10 Mushroom Blend and the Adaptogen Blend). Our other Cordyceps products (Cordyceps Elixir, Mushroom Hot Cacao with Cordyceps, Mushroom Coffee with Cordyceps) are made with the Cordyceps Militaris fruiting bodies. They are both powerful products and contain absolutely no starch. Unlike mushrooms grown on grain or other substrates, Cs-4 is pure mycelium grown in liquid fermentation tanks, without any fillers. Multiple research papers demonstrate that Cs-4 has similar activities as the incredibly rare wild Cordyceps varieties!
Additionally, our chaga mushrooms and turkey tail mushrooms are sustainably wild-harvested. Our popular chaga comes from birch trees on organic land in Siberia. Only part of the Chaga conk is removed to ensure it will continue to grow without harming the tree!
All of our mushrooms are dual-extracted to provide the highest amount of beta-glucans and polysaccharides, as well as triterpenes and other more adaptogenic compounds. Triterpenes, which give the mushrooms their increased adaptogenic properties, are poorly soluble in water. To fully extract all of the compounds from the terpenes, the dual-extraction takes the process one step further by using alcohol to extract.