We are dedicated to bringing you pure USDA Certified Organic Mushroom products that contribute to optimise your health. Our mushroom products are truly whole foods which contain the mycelium and young fruit body.
We are absolutely committed never to use any materials sourced from animal products in our manufacturing processes and all our products are free of preservatives and colourings.
Our mushrooms are grown on organic whole oats (with the hull intact) instead of rice for its substrate. Many producers of mushroom mycelial biomass products use brown rice, with the outer protective seed hull removed, as the substrate. This substrate contains mainly starch and other carbohydrates making the grain much more subject to oxidation and rancidity as well as being a potential source of the heavy metal arsenic. Mushroom mycelium does not have to “work” very hard to digest this food source and thus may not produce its usual full “arsenal” of digestive enzymes nor activate all of the metabolic pathways that are required to digest more complex nutrient sources.
Our USDA Certified Mushroom products are cultivated in California under highly controlled and hygienic conditions by a team of mycologists who have worked with mushroom species from around the world since the 1980s.
Each mushroom strain’s potency is maintained by storage of the fungal spores in liquid nitrogen prior to inoculation. The Certified 100% Organic whole oats used as the growing substrate are steam and pressure-sterilised (autoclaved) prior to inoculation in a sealed bioreactor growing bag. Air filters on each bag ensure that any airborne contamination is excluded and allows the mushroom to breathe during the growth phase. The mushrooms are grown in aseptic clean-room conditions equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration. All subsequent processing (dehydration, milling and blending) and packaging is performed with HEPA air filtration using documented cGMP compliant procedures.
The fresh mycelial biomass and fruit bodies are air-dried at controlled temperatures to preserve the bioactivity of the proteins, amino acids and extra-cellular compounds. After being stabilized at 5% moisture content, the product is finely milled to minimize particle sizes to maximize bioavailability. No preservatives or fillers are added to the final mushroom powders.
Our products use 100% Organic Whole Oats with the husk intact. The hull not only protects the grain and inhibits oxidation and rancidity, but also presents the mushroom mycelium with a digestive “challenge” before it can access the more nutritious and easily digested grain. Most mushroom sold based on their health-promoting properties are wood-decaying species, thus the cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin in the husk are compounds the mushroom mycelium is well-adapted to utilizing as a food source via powerful, extracellular digestive enzymes. Many health-promoting benefits have been attributed to extracellular mycelial enzymes.
Oats are recognized as being a health food with a beta glucan content that has been reported to be useful in cholesterol management and immune system support. Oat beta glucans have different chemical structures and linkages than the beta glucans in mushrooms and thus have different health-promoting functionalities. Oats are also good sources of silica and silicic acid that have been shown to have significant health promoting properties and that may be deficient in diets comprised of processed foods. Oat grain does not contain gluten and thus is acceptable in most gluten-free diets.
Currently, oats have not yet been genetically engineered so GMO contamination is not an issue. Additionally, oats are in many ways a very “green” crop. They are very deep-rooted crop that does not generally require irrigation in the regions where it is cultivated. Oats produce such a dense plant canopy that weeds are generally out-competed and smothered thus eliminating the need for herbicides. Oats have a higher total nutrient value, higher protein content and higher dietary fibre content than brown rice.