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How Organic Mushrooms supplements are made

What’s good for your body may not taste the best and this holds true in the case of functional mushrooms. Functional mushrooms generally grow on wood logs uninterrupted by humans and they start with extracting the goodness of nature around them. Lion’s Mane can be found growing on hardwood trees such as birch, maple, oak, walnut and sycamore. ​​Cordyceps mushrooms can be found in grasslands and on woodland edges, also occasionally pushing up through bare soil. Ganoderma Lucidum or Reishi mushrooms can be found growing on the logs of deciduous trees such as maple, oak, plum, elm and even conifers. Lentinus edodes or Shiitake mushrooms can be seen growing on the hardwood surfaces of oak, maple, and ironwood trees. Inonotus Obliquus commonly known as Chaga grows as a black, charcoal-like mass with a woody, rusty-brown interior generally protruding out of the bark of birch trees. Trametes versicolor or Turkey Tail Mushroom grows on decomposing trees of oak, white birch and maple trees.

Each of these functional mushrooms has been revered for centuries for their adaptogenic properties and their beneficial bioactive compounds. It is difficult to consume these mushrooms directly because of their taste and hence it is better to extract the beneficial bioactive compounds through a patented double hot-water extraction process.

At Organic Mushrooms, our mushrooms are grown at Pemberton, BC. The process involves colonizing natural gluten-free grains and then added to hardwood substrate upon completion of colonization. The fruiting bodies are grown in hardwood substrate fruiting blocks and upon colonizing the blocks are introduced to fruiting conditions which involves the temperature management, managing air flow and humidity for the fruiting bodies.

Each fruiting body depending upon the type of mushroom strain can take between 2 weeks to 8 weeks before reaching maturity. The fruiting bodies are then harvested along with the mycelium. Upon harvesting, the fruiting bodies are dried and prepared for the extraction process. The extraction process is dual, and we use a double hot water extraction process which involves running the fruiting bodies through hot water. The residue left after the first extraction is then introduced to steam extraction. The nutrients left after both the extractions are then put through an air-drying system to remove the water, leaving behind the final mushroom extracts in the form of powder.

Extract Powders: Organic Mushroom Extract Powders are 100% natural extracts of functional mushrooms extracted using a patented double extraction method using hot water and steam. Our extract powders are 100% organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and without any fillers. There are multiple ways to incorporate extract powder into your daily diet either by using it for making curries, soups, baked items or adding them into smoothies. 1/3 teaspoon is 1 gram of mushroom extracts.

Organic Mushrooms Tinctures are created by mixing extract powder into food grade cane alcohol and hot water. Our tinctures have a 33:33:33 ratio of mushroom extracts, hot water and food grade cane alcohol. Tinctures offer the fastest solubility and can be consumed directly or easily mixed with juices. 1 tincture dropper equals 1 gram of mushroom extracts.

Organic Mushrooms Capsules have the mushroom extract powder filled in vegetarian hypromellose caps which are easily digested when consumed. Capsules are convenient to have on the go. Each capsule is 500mg of mushroom extracts.

Organic Mushrooms Supplement Gummies are made by mixing the extract powder with gelatine and organic cane sugar. Each gummy equals 1 gram of mushroom extracts.

It is recommended to have 2-3 grams of mushroom extracts per day. The potency for all our supplements is the same, the only difference is the way of consumption. You can choose the type that’s easiest to incorporate in your daily routine.

Easy Ways to Include Functional Mushrooms in your diet

Functional mushrooms are amazing for enhancing your body and mind; however, they don’t really taste that well. There are ways to incorporate them into our daily diet by adding them to some of your favourite foods and beverages. We are happy to bring you some nutritious ways to incorporate the goodness of functional mushrooms into your daily diet by adding Organic Mushrooms natural extracts to your daily consumables.

Soups – Extract powders are a perfect addition to soups. Their umami taste can hide well inside the creamy and nutritious soups. We have a Classic Korean soup recipe for you.

Tea – Mushroom teas are the new trend. Although it’s not as fancy as it sounds, it is healthier for your mind and body. Just add some of the extracts into your tea or boil the dried mushroom chunks in the water before you pour yourself a hot cup of goodness.

Coffee and hot chocolates – The umami flavours of mushroom extracts can work very well in a cup of hot coffee with milk or hot chocolate. We have shared a full recipe here.

Chili – Are you fond of Mexican chili? Mushroom extract powders can be easily mixed into a spicy Mexican stew along with chili peppers, your choice of meat, tomatoes, and beans with seasoning like garlic, onions, and cumin.

Organic Mushroom Chocolate Balls – These little treats are delicious while they are soft, sweet, and loaded with flavour and powers from functional mushroom extracts. This snack is particularly packed with nutrients and bioactive compounds that is super beneficial for your mind and body and helps incorporate functional mushroom extracts in your diet regime in a simple but tasty way.

Pasta Sauces – You can stir mushroom powders into pasta sauces. If you are planning to indulge in some pasta or gnocchi soon, mushroom extract powders are a fantastic addition to the sauces and can also enhance the savoury taste.

Breaded pork chops – you can add functional mushroom extract powder in with your breadcrumb mixture while you are making breaded pork chops or chicken parmesan or chicken cutlets.

Chicken Pot Pie – Mushroom extract powders can be a great addition to the pot as you mix it with the meat and other ingredients like carrots and peas topped with pie crust.

Mushroom Powder Brownies – you can add mushroom powder into desserts, and it works wonders with baked brownies. The sweet chocolate makes the umami taste almost unnoticeable.

Donuts – Similar to brownies, mushroom extracts can be a powerful addition to donuts, and you can garnish the same with any topping of your choice from cream to chocolate to frosting.

Juices – Tinctures have a strong taste due to the 1/3rd portion of food-grade cane alcohol in them. You can dilute the tinctures by adding them into juices of your choice. Fresh citrus juices make a great combination.

Incorporating functional mushrooms into your daily diet is an amazing and seamless way for your body and mind to receive important nutrition. These healthy habits go a long way in helping you achieve your health and wellness goals. It is recommended to have 2-3 grams of mushroom extracts in a day. While mushroom extracts have no side effects, we recommend you speak to your physician in case you are making substantial changes to your diet regime.

We hope the ideas mentioned above help you incorporate functional mushrooms into your daily diet. If you have any great creative recipes that go well with functional mushroom extracts, let us know and we might have a gift for you. Share your recipes with us at info@organicmushrooms.ca