In the marketplace today, the majority of supplements that called themselves Cordyceps sinensis are typically not genuine sinensis. That’s because these supplements do not contain actual fruiting bodies (mushrooms). They are mycelium based. A look at the history of Cordyceps sinensis offers a fascinating story of an ancient traditional Chinese medicine entering the modern world. […]
Mycelium can be produced using a number of different methods. One common method is the production of what mushroom growers call grain spawn, also referred to as a Solid State Fermentation, or SSF. This method is commonly used in the U.S. for the production of fungal mycelium for supplements. The second method, and one that is […]
Watch the video above where Jeff describes the following: the life cycle of a basidiomycete organism (commonly called a mushroom) the difference between mushroom and mycelium how mycelium is used to create grain spawn, which is “seed” for mushroom growing what grain spawn actually looks like how medicinal mushroom and pure mycelium research is being used to […]
What is the cost of growing mushrooms in North America and selling them as nutritional supplements? A prime example is the shiitake mushroom, since this is a major medicinal mushroom with many local growers, making it readily available on the fresh market in North America. Shiitake producers can provide a good example for our investigation […]
This is a very important question to ask since there are many aspects of mushroom production that need to be properly understood in order to make educated decisions about a specific medicinal mushroom product.
They seem to come out of nowhere. In areas where there was no visible sign of their presence, they suddenly appear – overnight, or so it seems. Such is the nature of mushrooms, the higher order organisms of the world of fungi. Everyone has had some encounter with mushrooms. Whether on a walk through the […]
1. Is the product made from mushrooms or mycelium? Even though the label may say “mushroom”, you need to look at the Supplement Facts panel. For example, does it say Reishi mushroom? Reishi mushroom mycelium? Or Reishi mycelium? Some products will list the latin name, Ganoderma lucidum, without mentioning mushroom or mycelium. Honest companies will […]