‘Full Spectrum Myco-Products’ are the complete fungal material consisting of all the biologically active components, such as the mycelium, the fruitbodies, the spores and by far the most important of all, the extra-cellular compounds that are produced all through the entire life cycle of the organism. It is these extra-cellular compounds (compounds that are excreted outside of the cell and into the surrounding environment) and all the other ‘survival’ compounds that the fungus produces to give itself an advantage over the competing bacteria and microbes in the highly competitive environment in which it lives that are responsible for the main medicinal properties known from the fungal kingdom. These secondary metabolites have opened up the frontiers of medicine *and it is these properties that are removed through most extraction processes*. It is only in the 21st century that science has developed practical ways to reliably produce full spectrum myco-products which are now considered the current “Gold Standard” for most mushroom based dietary supplements. Be a smart shopper- most companies take the easy approach of growing or buying mushroom fruitbodies, and then making a tea which is spray dried and called a “hot water extract”. Many claim this is the best form to use, or even that it’s the only bioactive way to use mushrooms, which is of course nonsense, since mushrooms have been eaten for their health properties for thousands of years. The concept that extracts are better than anything else is the day before today’s science and it does not reflect today’s cutting-edge knowledge. These “hot water extracts” are certainly better than trying to digest hard woody fruitbodies such as Reishi, but this extraction process entirely misses the potential health benefits which are offered by the extra-cellular compounds, which don’t seem to be present in the fruitbodies. Relentless Improvement Hericium does NOT use a hot water extract!
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To realize the full potential of the medicinal mushrooms, you will need to capture all of the different classes of compounds which were produced all the way through the life cycle. This includes the cell wall material (polysaccharides), which are the same in the fruitbodies and the mycelium, but also all the extra-cellular compounds with their wide ranging health benefits. These compounds would be in the solid substrate residue for mushrooms grown by solid state fermentation.
There is numerous confusion today from all the marketing claims on the internet about what form of mushroom product is the best to use. Some say it is the fruitbody, or the mycelium, or a hot water extract standardized for some particular compound. This is an important question and the answer should be based in scientific fact, not on historical usage or on someone’s opinion. The widely held belief that extracts are come what may “more potent” than other forms of mushroom material is too simplified to be true, and is simply incorrect.