Medicinal mushrooms have been treasured for thousands of years as profound healing agents, especially when it comes to the health of our immune systems. Shiitake graces these ranks, and is also a tender, delicious mushroom used in many Asian cuisines and is considered a delicacy. Shiitake was one of the first mushrooms cultivated in China and Japan. It is rich in polysaccharides, which support gut immunity and overall immune cell production.
We use the easy-to-absorb mycelium in our formulas to ensure maximum power and potency. Mycelium is the primordial thread-like hyphae that serve as the basis for growth for the mushroom fruiting body or "cap." A mushroom spends the vast majority of its life cycle in the mycelium phase during which time it produces a wide variety of enzymes and nutrients. The presence of these immunologically active metabolites and enzymes are found in the richest concentrations in the soft mycelium cell walls and its extracellular substrate (collectively known as the mycelium biomass). Research indicates these interesting secondary metabolites have the potential to yield very promising health benefits for humans.
Our mycelium is carefully monitored throughout its growth to ensure the complete development of all its active beneficial constituents. After harvest, we utilize a special cold-drying and precision cold-milling technique to preserve its full array of heat-sensitive enzymes and extracellular compounds. When mycelium is heated, it can degrade many of these valuable, immune-supportive compounds. Our objective is to produce the cleanest, purest, most whole, bioactive mycelium product to support healthy cellular and immune function.