Everything you want to know about liquid mushroom extract
How are mushroom extracts made and why are organic raw materials important?
Our mushroom extracts are products of concentrated active ingredient content, produced from organic raw materials. The active ingredient content of 5 ml of product is equivalent to that of 30-37 mushroom powder capsules. Dissolution may be less efficient in case of powders because powders are made by grinding the dried mushrooms and filling the resultant powder into the packaging or capsules. Of mushrooms, it is important to know that most of the active ingredients are found within its chitin frame. Dissolution of the active ingredients is also inhibited by the mushroom’s chitin frame. This is because our digestive system is not able to decompose chitin. Our mushroom extracts are dietary supplement products produced by two-phase extraction.
The active ingredients are extracted from the mushrooms using two methods: the alcoholic and the hot water procedure. Thanks to the two methods, nearly 100% of the active ingredients are extracted from the chitin frame of mushrooms, meaning the useful substances enter the digestive system in a form ready for breakdown. The product is free of sugar and alcohol!
The advantage of liquid extract in comparison to capsules is that they do not contain the chitin frame, only the active ingredients of the mushrooms, and are therefore 100% utilised and taken up by the human body right through the mucous membrane of the mouth.
For how long and how can and should the liquid mushroom extracts be administered?
Liquid mushroom extracts (regardless of species) should be administered as a therapeutic regime, meaning that the recommended daily dose, i.e. 5 ml, should be taken every morning, half an hour before breakfast for a period of at least 3 months. The active ingredients leave the body completely in 72 hours, therefore it is not advisable to omit the daily dose.
In case of chronic diseases (hypertension, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases, problems of the nervous system etc.) there is no definite period concerning the duration of application. This means that there is no need to suspend application of the product; this is not necessary. In contrast to capsules, mushroom extracts do not contain the chitin frame, therefore cause no digestion problems even in case of long-erm application. It is advisable to administer the recommended daily dose (5 ml) orally, without dissolving it in water, unless its taste is found unpleasant. In this case, it may be mixed into fruit juice, or lukewarm tea or coffee. If placed directly into the mouth, the active ingredients enter the body directly through the mucous membrane of the mouth and produce an effect much faster.
Why do mushroom extracts taste sweet?
Our liquid mushroom extracts contain NO added sugar or sweeteners. They only contain mushroom extracts and glycerol. Glycerol, made from GMO-free sunflower, ensures the dissolution of active ingredients through the mucous membrane. Glycerol is a plant cellulose, a constituent of nearly every plant cell. Similarly to liposomes, it helps the entry of active ingredients extracted from mushrooms into the cells. It acts as a chemical stabiliser, i.e. it prevents decomposition of the active ingredients in the product. It is a natural sweetener, it has no calorific value, and may also be consumed by diabetics. The sweet taste of the products therefore results from glycerol and polysaccharides.
How can mushroom extracts support the proper functioning of the immune system?
From the aspect of our body’s functioning, the proper state of our immune system is the most important consideration. The good strength of the immune system is an indispensable requirement of our health. Without an active immune system, or protective cells, the white blood cells would be sound asleep in our body’s tissues. The state of our defense capabilities, i.e. how active our immune system is, depends on the quality and quantity of nutrients in our foods, but also on the amount of contaminants in our body. Individuals with weak immune systems are far more susceptible to diseases, including cancer, and their bodies are not capable of prolonged defense. The strength of our immune system also depends on external factors, such as nutrition and environmental pollution.
Of the active ingredients in mushrooms, primarily beta-glucans affect the immune system. Their most important effect is that they supply fuel for the immune system, enabling it to combat infections and cancer more efficiently. They primarily activate the immune cells in the walls of the intestine system that initiates a chain reaction in the body. The other important role of the beta-glucans is that they supply nutrients to intestinal bacteria. The functioning of our immune system is greatly influenced by the composition of our gut microbiota. If we supply good nutrients to the intestinal bacteria, the benevolent strains of bacteria will propagate, producing vitamins and regulating the functioning of the immune system.
In the old days, we used to spend significantly longer time outdoors and got in far greater contact with the bacteria and viruses in our environment, keeping our immune system well trained, maintaining its defense capabilities. It is also a fact that beta-glucans have been part of our everyday diet for thousands of years (think of microscopic mildew mycelia or the tiny black spots on apples), but the evolution of large scale, hyper-hygienic, quality assured food industry, these have disappeared from foods that undergo multiple treatments, processes, fumigation and irradiation.
When do the medicinal mushrooms exert their effect?
This is different for every individual. This naturally depends on why the patient is taking it in the first place (chronic disease, exhaustion, digestive problems, nervous problems etc.) and on the severity of the problem (How long has it persisted? How advanced is it?). It likewise depends on the individual’s lifestyle (stressful life, harmful habits e.g. smoking, drinking), regular exercise, the extent of environmental load in everyday life e.g. whether the organism is subjected to healthy countryside or heavily polluted urban environment, etc. This may significantly depend on dietary habits (the amount of processed and inflammation-inducing foodstuff consumed, whether sufficient volumes of fresh and highly nutritious foods, vitamins and minerals are consumed).
Mushrooms can provide VERY great help to our body, but it also depends on our lifestyle how fast they can help on overcoming a particular problem or disease. We cannot expect a product to act as some “magic drug”, changing our lives, if we ourselves do not make an effort to change our lives, but if we adhere to the lifestyle changes required to overcome our problems, mushroom extracts can indeed help our body miraculously to make it function as healthy as possible. The mushrooms are therefore NOT “magic drugs” and cannot completely neutralise harmful environmental effects and lifestyle habits, but with our help, they are nevertheless able to make “miracles” come true.
Given that they primarily affect the immune system, the expected effect, which may not necessarily be sensible, materialises within 72 hours. The maximum of the effect is realised 48 hours after administration and dies down 48 after taking the last dose. This is due to the immune cells activated by the beta-glucan having a lifespan of two days, therefore if no new beta-glucan molecules are attached to the newly produced immune cells, the immune system will return to the state prior to administration of beta-glucan.
Why is it important to extract all active ingredients from the mushrooms?
Think of the fact that vitamins and compounds do not occur all alone in nature either. In production, our main principle is that a plant is only able to exert its medicinal effect if the synergies of the materials in the plant are exploited, and the balance of the ingredients is preserved. It is therefore not enough to extract only one or two active ingredients! For the proper functioning of vitamins, one does not only need the vitamin molecules, but enzymes, co-factors (ballast materials), and minerals. The most common ingredient in pharmacies is ascorbic acid. This not equivalent to naturally occurring vitamin C. When a fruit is consumed, one does not only take in ascorbic acid, but everything else that fruit contains (bioflavonoids, K factor, copper etc.). Minerals are also necessary for the functioning of vitamins. It clearly follows from this that upon taking in synthetic vitamin C, our organism will remove the other components required for its utilisation from the body tissues, which is rather harmful than benevolent.
In case of mushrooms, not only the beta-glucans are important, but the other enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and minerals in the mushroom body, which enhance each other’s effects, and exert their efficiencies through a series of special biochemical reactions. During production of liquid mushroom extracts, we strive to extract EVERYTHING from the mushroom body, supplying it to our Customers as nature had built it up. We think the functioning of our immune system is responsible for every process in our body, therefore we must primarily ensure supply of the substances required for this. The mushroom active ingredients supply the operation of the immune system and protect the healthy tissues and cells.
Can one take several mushroom extracts simultaneously?
Yes, it is possible. The newest research results of scientists also corroborate the importance of synergy when it comes to mushrooms. The synergic effect of a certain combination of mushroom extracts may intensify the responses of immune cells, helping activate the immune system. This means that if several mushroom species are combined, we may prompt a far stronger immune response.
Is it necessary to take vitamins and minerals while taking medicinal mushroom extracts?
This naturally depends on the individual and the general state of the immune system and also the individual’s lifestyle. It is a significant influencing factor if one is completely healthy or suffering from chronic diseases, or one has dissolution disorders. No less significant is how harmful the environment in question is, where the individual lives (country or urban environment) what quality and quantity of food the individual consumes, and if he/she has any harmful habits. The general situation of the individual (whether days are stressful, for example) and the amount of sport activity (doing sitting work, exercises regularly etc.) is also important. The need to replenish vitamins and minerals is therefore influenced by a large number of factors!
Thanks to their content of beta-glucan, mushrooms primarily affect the immune system, being a type of fuel for it. Certain mushroom species contain special compounds and amino acids (triterpenes, apigenin, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, eritadenine) that contribute to reducing inflammation, detoxication, support regeneration processes, and to regulate blood sugar level and blood pressure. There are species of mushrooms that serve as significant sources of vitamin D and vitamin B. Unless suffering from chronic vitamin deficiency, it is not necessary to take additional vitamins and minerals with liquid mushroom extracts.