This is such an important question; We are so glad you asked!
Mushrooms are inedible raw. In order for your body to access their nutritional benefits like polysaccharides and triterpenes (we can geek out on those later!), functional mushrooms must be extracted.
~NERD ALERT! Mushrooms contain a compound in their cell wall called chitin. This is the same compound found in crustaceans like crab and shrimp shells so you can imagine how tough it is! Chitin acts like a door, blocking your body from being able to get to all of the compounds in the mushroom. Think of chitin like the door to your kitchen. You’re outside the door, hoping to get in because you know how much delicious and nutritious food lies on the other side. But unless the door has been opened, there’s no way you can access what’s on the other side. The same goes for our bodies and mushrooms.~
This is why all functional mushrooms in Four Sigmatic products are extracted. We do boh a hot water and alcohol extraction to get the most out of each species we use. Once extracted, we spray-dry the extract to create a powder. All our products are potent and ready-to-use (hot or cold) as soon as you get them. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and give yourself props for adding nature’s most powerful ingredients to your routine. :)