Our medicinal mushrooms are sourced from Gutian County in Fujian, China, a region 600-700m above sea level which is renowned for its cultivation of mushrooms. The cultivation of mushrooms is an age-old tradition in this region, as is reflected by their unparalleled quality. The pristine, fertile land and climate, protected by dense mountain forests, as well as the use of sophisticated substrates, provides an ideal environment for the mushrooms to thrive and develop exceptional levels of nutrients and a high concentration of phytochemicals. Our untreated mushrooms are cultivated without pesticides or synthetic fertilisers. They are grown to full maturity and hand-picked as their content of bioactives reaches its peak, between July and October.
In order to preserve the high concentration of beta-glucans contained in the mushrooms, their gently dried and milled fruiting bodies and stalks can be prepared as an extract. The water extraction is performed according to traditional methods that have been a part of Chinese as well as Western medicine for centuries. This type of extraction is among the gentlest and has long been used to create plant extracts. Our ultra-pure extract is thus free from any toxic residues of chemical solvents (such as acetone, N-hexane and methanol).
Mushrooms can retain their raw quality as a result of gentle drying at temperatures below 40°C. This process preserves the delicate enzymes and potent bioactives of the mushrooms. To ensure that these are bioavailable, the dried mushrooms are then gently milled. Thanks to our use of the "shell-broken" method, the powder reaches a fineness of less than 0.1mm, which ensures that the compounds within the cells are optimally available for absorption. The resulting powder contains the full richness of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and trace elements of the whole fruiting body of the mushroom.