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Oriveda's focus is on selling well-researched medicinal mushroom extracts of superior quality.

As a business we are focused on providing our customers with the best possible products, value-for-money and service. We are serving customers in over 85 countries.

Our business is based on common sense and pragmatism. We feel that every claim of quality should be backed up with hard facts.

All our products are tested by independent objective laboratories, not just for safety but in particular for active ingredients. You don't have to take our word for it when we claim premium quality - you can verify it. We share our test reports with our customers.

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• Therapeutically speaking, ORIVeDA extracts are the most powerful extracts available worldwide, with guaranteed levels of the most important bioactive components and the highest bioavailability possible. And this is not just a marketing statement.

Our authorized supplement facts labels and Google make it easy to compare our products with others. As said, our Certificates of Analysis from independent third party laboratories are available on request.

• Since we started as a business we have always emphasized the use of extracts, being the only reliable way to accomplish therapeutic effects.

Already in 2012 we started specifying beta-glucans (the main active ingredient of most medicinal mushrooms) on our supplement fact labels. This was a time when 95 % of mushroom supplements had zero specifications (not being extracted) and the rest mentioned 'polysaccharides' at best, a broad term covering a lot of non-bioactive compounds, in the core unsuitable as a quality marker. Currently beta-glucans are widely accepted as a quality marker, using an AOAC-validated test method.

• We are the first ones specifiying cordycepin as a quality marker for Cordyceps and the first and only ones to specify the NGF-promoting compounds for which Lion's Mane is known - the terpenes. In short, we have set and pointed out quality standards since we started. This approach makes it easy for consumers to choose the right stuff and they're less likely to be deceived by marketing tricks. Make sure to check our FAQ for additional details.

• The value-for-money you get with our products is excellent. Not only are our prices often lower than others, but the level of bioavailable active ingredients in our extracts is also much higher, in some instances over three times higher than the best of the rest. So, instead of spending $ 90 on “product X” you only have to spend $ 30 on our product for the same therapeutic potential.
And on top of that, as said before, we guarantee the bioavailability of the bioactives; your body can absorb and digest them 100%, so the therapeutic potential is maximal. And all these claims can be verified - objective third party test results are available on demand.

• In SE-Asia medicinal mushrooms have been used for many centuries. These countries therefore contain probably the best-informed and most critical consumers. We are proud to be able to claim that we are currently the only Western company selling mushroom extracts on a large scale to this region.
• A lot of the research on which our products' reputation is built is available and can be downloaded for free from the resources-section of our site.

• We ship to almost all countries in the world, except warzones.With only a few exceptions, shipping is free for website orders, worldwide. We usually ship orders the next day.

• We offer maximum personal service: we are online 7 days a week and your questions will be answered in great detail. Those questions are important: they help us develop new ideas and products. Keep them coming!

• Our newsletter (2 - 3 times p/year) is offering more than just updates and marketing. We often include complete monographs related to our product-line and include discounts for subscribers. Register today!

To contact us, please use the online form.

ORIVeDA is a registered brand name of ORIGO Holding BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. All rights reserved.








FAQ - Ordering / Shipping / Payment / Returns

Ordering

After you've clicked the order button you are ready to checkout and pay for your purchase(s).

Click the 'Checkout' button in the top menu (the little bag icon) and follow the step-by-step procedure. During the checkout process you can create an account with us to speed up future checkout procedures. This is not compulsory.

Please make sure to fill in the correct / complete address and postal code ! For FedEx a telephone number is compulsory. For high value orders we strongly recommend to choose 'registered shipping' as shipping option - this includes tracking and insurance.

After you've completed the Checkout procedure and have paid for your purchase you will receive immediately an order/payment confirmation. You will also receive an email with download links to the instruction manual(s) that are part of your purchase. You can choose from English, Spanish, German and Dutch versions. If you did not get these e-mails, check your spam folder first and make sure to add us to your contacts. If there is nothing, contact us and we will investigate.
  • Orders will be shipped in a padded envelope / self-locking (or sealed) sturdy cardboard box, depending on the size of the order.
  • As soon as your order is entering the logistic process you will be notified.
  • Orders are usually shipped within one or two business days - you will receive a shipping confirmation, including tracking information in case you included 'registered shipping' in your order. (Standard shipping does not include tracking !)
  • Orders placed before 11.00 AM UTC/GMT are in general shipped the next business day.
  • Orders placed on Thursday after 11.00 AM UTC/GMT will be shipped out on Monday - there is no logistic processing during the weekend.

    Local bank holidays can cause delays, but we do our best to minimize this.

  • It is impossible to open our packaging without damaging the box / envelope. Do not accept shipments from the postal service that have been opened. Don't sign for those!

    Claims about missing items cannot be honored in such cases. It's very rare, but it has happened that supplements were stolen from their shipping box.

Discounts

The discount codes you can find on the internet have not been issued by us and are all false. It's clickbait only and you'd better beware - such 'coupon-sites' are usually infecting your computer with trackers and other malware. Don't think they're there to help you get a bargain.

We do not hand out discount codes to first-time customers. Don't ask. Our products already offer the best value for money on the market.

Like, our Cordyceps has guaranteed 3 - 5 times more cordycepin than the best of the competition. Our Lion's Mane is the only one specifying the NGF-inducing compounds because the best of the rest has only 1/20th of our guaranteed percentage (and yes, we've tested that). Etc...

If you don't feel these products are worth their price don't buy them.

Shipping

free shipping worldwide We serve customers in over 85 countries. Orders are usually shipped within two business days, if possible. Orders are shipped from Brussels airport (Belgium).

Shipments to EU countries usually arrive within 4 - 10 business days; international shipments usually arrive within 8 - 10 business days.

Due to unpredictable custom clearance procedures and ocassional logistic hiccups non-EU orders in particular can sometimes take up to 20 working days to arrive, but this is rare.

In general all website orders, both domestic and international, are shipped for free using priority-airmail, which is reliable and fast.

Only for Australia, Canada, Russia, Malaysia, Israel, Indonesia, India, all South- and Central-American countries and a few others registered shipping (which includes tracking) is mandatory. The postal service / customs clearance procedures can be unpredictable in these countries and orders sometimes spend over a month in transfer, if not registered and tracked.

Standard priority airmail does not include tracking !! You will see the available shipping options for your region when checking out.

We also provide express delivery (2 - 5 working days using courier service) to 16 non-EU countries. The costs vary between $ 20 to $ 35 for orders up to 500 grams (4 items), depending on your location.

Orders placed in December are often delayed because of the overload caused by Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Christmas season, combined with unpredictable, often severe weather conditions. Please take this into account when ordering - it's recommended to always order in time !!

In case you haven't received your order after 20 business days please contact us and we will investigate. Do NOT open a Paypal case or start a chargeback procedure, but contact us directly.

Payment

To pay for your order is simple, secure and efficient. You can use Paypal and all major credit cards.

Since the actual payment and processing takes place at the payment processor's secure site, you can be sure your privacy is guaranteed. We do not store credit card information and we cannot charge your credit card directly.

After you completed the payment procedure you will receive a message confirming your order, shipping address and payment.

Please contact us immediately if you notice anything out of the ordinary !

My credit card is not accepted ??

Sometimes your perfectly valid credit card is refused. One reason might be that you are contacting our website through a VPN, the TOR network or a proxy server. Our credit card processor sees this as 'highly suspect' and will decline the authorisation request. If this is not the case you should contact your credit card company to find out what is wrong. Oriveda is not processing credit cards so we cannot help you. Credit cards are processed on our behalf by Paypal or STRIPE.

After you completed the payment procedure successfull you will receive a message confirming your payment.

Please contact us immediately if you notice anything out of the ordinary !

Where is my refund ?

If we authorize a refund it can take some time before you have your money back. Paypal refunds are executed almost instantly, but credit card refunds can take 5 - 10 days. We have no control over this, sorry.

Returns

We can not accept returns for reasons of safety and hygiene. If there is a problem with your order, please contact us and we'll do our best to help you.

FAQ - Medicinal Mushrooms

Which mushroom is most suitable for me ?

Don't be deceived by the online marketing and anekdotes - mushroom extracts are not magic cures. Premium extracts do cover a very wide spectrum though, and they can help you to gain and maintain good health and to slow down the effects of aging and stress in particular.

In combination with regular treatment mushroom extracts can often help to improve the positive effects of that treatment and to minimize side effects. In some cases they can even replace the regular treatment. In general mushroom extracts do not have side effects themselves - they are nutraceuticals, meaning 'food with therapeutic potential'. People in general experience no side effects when consuming their food, but as usual, there are always some exceptions.

Below we have compiled an overview linking mushrooms to specific health effects, based on research results from the past decades. Keep in mind research results are not a guarantee for good effects. Many reports are based on animal or lab tests only and many variables are involved. Also, every person and every health condition is unique to a certain extent. There is never a guarantee.

I'm confused by the contradicting information online

Very understandable. Here are some common sense bullet points to help you make head or tail of the information:
  • The quality claims you read on a website / blog / in a forum should be seen as marketing without value, unless the claims are backed up by test reports, such as a genuine Certificate of Analysis (COA), which has been issued by an actual registered / certified laboratory. In-house testing is unreliable because it is subject to bias/cutting corners.
  • Most vendors will not share test reports (don't you wonder why not ??). They might send you some 'fact sheet / spec sheet', though. This means nothing and can be considered deceiving, because everybody with a computer can produce that.
  • If the quality claim is not reflected on the Supplement Facts label that means a red flag. The Supplement Facts label shows the guaranteed levels of compounds, and the justness of this information is checked by the authorities. False claims result in prosecution. Many vendors decide therefore not to repeat their statements on that label. By doing that they are in fact underlining it's marketing, not facts they're telling you.
  • Information on the front label is not verified for its accuracy. Therefore you cannot rely on that, in particular if it is not repeated on the Supplement Facts label. Another red flag.
We wrote a dedicated article based on common sense and easy-to-follow logic which includes all of the above and more. It will help you to find the best mushroom product possible and to spend your money wisely. You can find that article here.

Where do you source your mushrooms ?

We source our raw materials based on the objective quality. We use third party laboratories to determine that quality and, of course, the safety. We test for both active ingredients and contamination, such as heavy metals and radioactive isotopes, all in all for ± 30 compounds.

We ignore geographical location and we use several suppliers, changing to another supplier if the quality is better there.

Marketing has led many people to believe it matters where the mushrooms have been sourced. Like, Siberian Chaga is always best, Japanese Reishi is always preferable, Chinese mushrooms are always best avoided, etc...

But this is not true at all, and nobody has ever been able to prove that, as an example, 'Siberian Chaga is best'. Such claims are based on ignorance and hearsay.

Marketing. If you can show us objective proof that e.g. Siberian Chaga has a higher quality than others please get in touch!

'Best quality' is -objectively speaking- defined by the therapeutic potential and the safety / lack of contamination, fillers and adulteration of the supplement. All these variables are easy and cheap to test.

The bioactive compounds define the therapeutic potential. These compounds are well-known and can be determined cheap and easily in a lab. Compounds such as beta-glucan, terpenes and polyphenols. Being the pragmatic common-sense people that we are, that is what we do - we test a lot of raw materials and then choose the stuff with the highest therapeutic potential and the lowest level of contamination.

As said, we test for ± 25 - 30 compounds, including heavy metals and 3 radio-active isotopes. We source the best quality mushrooms only, ignoring geographical location.

And we share those test results with our customers, starting from the idea that premium and proven quality is what people want. It's also the best marketing there is, knowing that consumers want their money's worth. We're sure everybody agrees with that !!

Which makes you wonder why other vendors don't follow the same path. Instead, a story is their main marketing. A story rich in unsubstantiated and exaggerated claims, usually. No hard facts, but a lot of suggestive statements and assumptions instead. What do you prefer ?

Just ask for a COA if you want to validate our quality claims.

Do you use fruiting bodies or mycelium for your supplements ?

This information can be found on the product page for each mushroom. In some online communities the general idea is circulating that fruiting body is always preferable over mycelium. This is wrong.

In brief, here's why (it's mainly just common sense !):
  • for some mushrooms the most important active ingredients are actually in the mycelium (Lion’s Mane (erinacines), Turkey Tail (PSP/PSK), Cordyceps CS-4 (no fruiting body extracts exist!))
  • there is a difference between mycelium-on-grains/rice (biomass) and pure mycelium. Biomass should always be avoided as it is contaminated with undigested substrate in the form of starch. This includes all US-cultivated products. We only use pure mycelium, free from starch, if the products properties request the use of mycelium
  • quality claims are only worth something if they are backed with actual test reports. Also see our 'I'm confused by all the information online' entry, above. Using ‘we use fruiting bodies only!!’ has the subtext ‘it’s better!’ but actually only reveals the ignorance of the vendor, and the actual specifications, if any (% of glucans, terpenes etc.) usually have no verifiable source or backup in the form of official documents.
An objective and common-sense-based purchase guideline can be found in the 'Articles' section of this website.

How much should I take ?

The health effects of the bioactive compounds in mushroom extracts are dose-dependant according to research. Therefore, using the levels of active ingredients as a guideline seems logical, but surprisingly enough this is not standard. A lot of researchers and most vendors approach mushrooms as if they are standardised products, as if -just an example- all Turkey Tail mushrooms are identical.

Wrong.

Levels of active ingredients will vary based on many variables, such as environmental conditions, strain, cultivation and processing techniques and storage conditions. Only when there is a clear indication of active ingredients on the product's supplement facts label (which is supervised by the authorities) you can dose accurately. That is common sense.

We wrote a dedicated article based on clinical research reports, which take into account the levels of active ingredients in the product and linked those to the therapeutic effects. You can find this extensive article here (opens in a new window).

Briefly, based on the verified levels of active ingredients in our products:
  • Age below 35: 1 gram of extract daily
  • Age 35 - 50: 1-2 grams of extract daily
  • Age over 50: at least 2 grams daily
These recommendations are for maintenance and assume you are in OK health. Specific health conditions usually require a higher dosage - we provide this information on demand and -partly- in the instruction leaflets that come with every purchase.

If you read websites like examine.com you might also find dosage recommendations. Unfortunately, these recommendations are never based on levels of active ingredients but on flawed and/or outdated research, anecdotes and vendor's recommendations (which are also based on flawed research, anecdotes, etc etc..)..

I want to give my dog your Turkey Tail (PSP-50). What is the dosage ?

Our PSP-50 is very popular with dog-owners because research (based on a similar product) showed good effects when used for dogs with cancer. Our product is cheaper and contains more active compounds than the researched product.

In the research the best results were achieved with a daily dosage of 100mg p/kg of bodyweight. Higher dosages were not investigated but might even be more effective, given that the therapeutic effects are dose-dependant.

Using the research report as a guideline the recommended dosage for our PSP-50 product is ± 70mg daily p/kg bodyweight. One capsule contains 350 mg.

What is the expiration date ?

Our mushroom extracts do not have an 'Expiration Date' but a 'Best Before' date.

The extract powder in the capsules only contains inert compounds which do not oxidize or react with each-other. They do not expire / lose their bioactive properties over time. The only thing is that due to the hygroscopic properties of these extracts they can solidify over time because they have absorbed moisture from their environment. The chances of this happening are minimised by packing the extract in capsules inside an airtight, sealed pouch.

If the moisture levels increase the potential for bacterial contamination also increases, which is why we still use a 'Best Before' date. We do not use large batches so the 'Best Before' date is usually ± 1½ year away or even 2½ years (Chaga only).

Why should I take mushroom extracts on an empty stomach with vitamin C ?

The main active ingredient of most mushroom extracts are beta-glucans. These are very large molecules with a high molecular weight; in fact a type of dietary fiber.

When taken orally, intestinal absorptive cells (enterocytes) facilitate the transportation of beta-glucans and similar compounds across the intestinal cell wall into the lymph, where they begin to interact with receptors of the immune system, activating a wide spectrum of immunological effects.

Due to their size beta-glucans do not pass the intestinal wall easily. To increase the chances of beta-glucan entering the blood-stream it's common sense to have as little competition as possible present. So no solid foods or fiber-rich smoothies !

Research found that the absorption / therapeutic effect of beta-glucans is improved when combined with vitamin C (ascorbic acid). The type or amount is not important: 20 - 50mg of the cheapest type will do. See e.g. this article - a Google search for 'beta-glucan vitamin C' will return many more results.

Why shouldn't I combine mushroom extracts with dairy products ?

An important bioactive compound of all medicinal mushroom extracts are anti-oxidants, in particular polyphenols and their derivatives. Lactose (mainly found in dairy products) binds polyphenols, potentially neutralizing their anti-oxidant effects.

Research reports show conflicting results, which is why we recommend to either choose lactose-free dairy products or to take dairy products at a different time (at least an hour away) than the supplement. Just to minimize the chances of negative effects. (link)

Are these products tested for heavy metals and such ?

All products are 100% safe. The extracts are tested by an independant third party laboratory for heavy metals and other trace elements. The test results are avilable on demand.

Don't overlook that although less is always better, levels of heavy metals should be seen in relation to the intake (of a dietary supplement or another food) and the bodyweight of the individual consuming it. For a baby 1ppm of whatever compound might be toxic, whereas for an adult man it is perfectly safe.

Below are the official EU and World Health Organisation / Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (WHO / JECFA) guidelines. The amounts are in mcg (micrograms).
  • Arsenic: (Adult, 70 kgs: 150 mcg = daily limit)
  • Cadmium: (Adult, 70 kgs: 70 mcg daily = daily limit)
  • Lead: (Adult, 70 kgs: 250 mcg daily = daily limit)
  • Mercury: (Adult, 70 kgs: 16 mcg daily = daily limit)
Of course it is also interesting to know how much heavy metals are present in common everyday foods.

To compare, in 2007 the FDA conducted a survey to determine levels of heavy metals such as lead in typical foods. The majority of foods were free or almost free of any heavy metals, but not all. There was no difference between 'organic' and standard.

Their most striking results (levels per serving, per day):
  • fresh collard greens: 30 microgram of lead
  • dry roasted mixed nuts: 20 microgram of lead
  • Brussels sprouts 15 microgram of lead
  • Sweet potatoes : 16 microgram of lead
  • Spinach: 15 microgram of lead
These are all considered normal and safe levels.

The capsules have a different color than before

Mushroom extracts are based on natural products. There will always be small variations in color. Apart from that, sometimes a new way of processing the products can also result in a significantly lighter or darker color. But the color in itself is not really important.

In the end the only thing that really matters is what is in the product - the active ingredients. Check the supplement facts label and, when in doubt, ask for a recent test report.

Are your products organic ?

Yes. But, although our manufacturer has the USDA Organic certificate, issued by EcoCert SA, please take notice that 'organic' is not defined by law or regulations the FDA enforces. Despite the good intentions it is used by the majority of vendors as an effective marketing tool only.

'Organic' is not a reliable quality indicator in the case of medicinal mushrooms - further down we'll explain why.

• Our PSP-50, Lion's Mane mycelium and our Cordyceps CS-4 are mycellium products. They are cultivated in bioreactors (stainless steel lab-tanks), the most controlled environment imaginable; completely sterile. You cannot get more 'organic'.

• Reishi, ABM and Lion's Mane fruiting bodies are cultivated in accordance with both the USDA-organic and the international GACP regulations. GACP regulations have been developed specifically for cultivating medicinal plants. It is carries more weight than a USDA certificate in our opinion. The GACP standard is more strict and is internationally enforced instead of only local. This certificate is also not abused as a marketing instrument by supplement and 'superfood' producers.

Abused, indeed. The majority of the mushroom supplement sellers using the USDA certificate as a marketing tool have only that to market - a mushroom product with the USDA-organic stamp, but lacking other specifications such as active ingredients or levels of heavy metals.

An 'USDA-organic' mushroom might still contain significant amounts of heavy metals and microbial contamination, which mushrooms tend to accumulate from the soil and their environment. Unless they have a full Certificate of Analysis showing both contamination and the active ingredients these products might still be unreliable. Remember how the Fukushima fall-out covered over half of the US ? Those deposits (mainly heavy metals, both radio-active and otherwise) are still everywhere and mushrooms accumulate these.

As said before, 'organic' is NOT a good quality indicator for medicinal mushrooms; as it only focuses on things that should NOT be present in the product (traces of pesticides and fertilizers, e.g.) instead of focussing on the things that ARE PRESENT in the product (bioavailable bioactives, microbial and heavy metal contamination, e.g.). In the end these compounds determine the usability and therapeutic potential of the product.

We offer a full Certificate of Analysis, issued by an independant FDA-approved lab, that tells the consumer exactly what's in the product, instead of playing their emotions by emphasizing only the 'organic' aspect. Available on demand.

How can I be sure the products are therapeutically effective ?

Unfortunately there is never a guarantee, because every person and every health condition is unique to a certain extent. Many variables are in play, so some trial and error is unavoidable. Despite that, here are some tips to maximize the chance of positive effects:

• Choose an extract. According to research 80% of people either have trouble or cannot digest non-extracted mushroom products at all because they lack the enzyme chitinase in their stomach. This enzyme is essential to deal with the chitin that locks the bioactive compounds in the cell walls of the mushroom. Chitin restricts the bioavailability. Only an extract can guarantee bioavailability - otherwise a therapeutic effect is questionable. See this link for a detailed explanation.

• Compare the product claims from the website against the supplement facts label - it is unlawful to exaggerate or lie on that label, but on a website or a front label vendors have much more leeway to market a product. The supplement facts label should show a breakdown of beta-glucans at least. Nowadays beta-glucans can be tested very accurately using the AOAC-approved Megazyme® assay.

Many supplements specify polysaccharides, but that's using 20th century standards. Beta-glucans are polysaccharides, but not all polysaccharides are beta-glucans; e.g. starch, chitin, cellulose and dextrin are also - completely useless- polysaccharides found in many mushroom products. A high polysaccharide percentage does not automatically mean it is a good product.

You can easily test for the presence of starch and dextrin at home: open a capsule and mix the powder inside with a bit of cold water to make a liquid solution. Then add a few drops of iodine. See this youtube video. If the solution changes color (black, blue, red) it contains non-mushroom polysaccharides or starch. Percentages of up to 30% are not uncommon. Rice powder is also added often to increase the weight and to prevent cakeing of the extract powder.

• If a vendor is marketing his product as a 10:1 extract (or whatever ratio) but does NOT specify any bioactives (beta-glucan, triterpenes, polyphenols) on the supplement facts label this might mean it's just dried and powdered mushroom, non-extracted. (also check: "What ratio are your mushroom extracts ?").

There simply is only one reason NOT to test for beta-glucan or other active compounds - testing is pretty cheap and the results are what the consumer wants to see. Logic tells us the only reason to keep it vague or leave it out is because the outcome is unfavourable and will make the product look bad.

• If you want more quality confirmation we recommend to ask the online vendor for a Certificate of Analysis (COA), issued by a third party lab. Some US vendors simply write their own COA or will send you a fancy-looking Technical Data Sheet / Specifications Sheet, but it is obvious this proves nothing.

A good COA should show the details / certification of the laboratory and carry a lab technician's signature. It should list the active ingredients and the contaminants, like heavy metals. The statements should match the product's supplement facts label.

A very extensive guideline can be found here.

What is the extraction ratio ? 1:1 ? 8:1 ?

These ratios are often used by vendors to underline the 'potency' of their products. Most consumers also assume "8:1" means the product is 8 times more powerful than a "1:1" product.

Using ratio's as a quality marker stems from herbal practice: a dried herb (± 10:1) is more potent than the fresh one in general - this is applicable even to kitchen herbs! Many Chinese producers are actually in the herbal business and added mushrooms as an extra source of income in the past decade. They are also using the same processing and quality indicators for mushrooms, but this is completely wrong because mushrooms are not -structurally speaking- cellulose based (like herbs) but have a chitinous structure. Chitin needs specific processing -involving heat or enzymes/fermentation- to release the bioactives - see elsewhere in these FAQ.

Using a ratio-indicator with mushrooms is potentially deceiving, because it only indicates a decrease in volume / weight (which one is never specified, somehow), and in itself reveals nothing about chemical compostion or bio-availability - the consumer still has no clue if the product is in fact therapeutically useful.

A ratio claim is also impossible to verify, how can you prove that, let's say a 30:1 claim, is incorrect ?

Mushrooms contain a lot of water, up to 90% (e.g. Agaricus blazei fruiting bodies). Drying and pulverizing them will already decrease the volume and the weight significantly; completely dry ABM powder is already meeting the 10:1 ratio; 90% water has been removed, 10% dry matter is left. But no extraction of bio-actives took place and the bio-availability is still low.

The bottom line: a ratio-indicator in itself means nothing. This statement should be backed up by a detailed breakdown of bio-actives on the supplement facts label to have any meaning.

The only thing that is worth looking for for a consumer is the information on the supplement label (it is prohibited by law to lie or use deceiving phrasing on this label): the exact percentages of bio-actives such as beta-glucans should be there.
If not, avoid it - the therapeutic potency might be questionable. Testing for beta-glucan is easy and cheap - so why not do it unless the outcome is not what you want ?

As an example, have a look at the image below. The most powerful extract is the dual extract (hot water/ethanol) on the right. It has twice the volume of the hot water-only extract. So volume-wise the hot water extract might be 14:1 and the dual extract only 7:1, but to draw the conclusion the 14:1 extract is the most potent one would be wrong.
chaga extract comparison A basic hot water extract (freeze dried) and a full spectrum dual extract (spray dried). The dual extract's particle size is much smaller but the total volume is larger. Smaller particles means better absorption and solubility, which improves bio-availability and therefore therapeutic effect.

Why do you only sell capsules and not powder or tinctures ?

• Capsules contain extract powder, but make dosing much easier - you know exactly how much you take and what is in it.

• We are selling highly concentrated extracts. A side effect of highly concentrated extracts is that they are very hygroscopic, meaning they attract and absorb moisture easily. Loose powder is difficult to keep damp-free, so if no precautions are taken (using e.g. a desiccant or some additive such as maltitol) the powder will soon start cakeing, solidify or develop lumps. In itself this is no problem: the therapeutic effect is not affected, but it is impossible to sell like that. And we do not use additives in any of our mushroom extracts, unlike other vendors.

In fact, the described hygroscopic effect can also be called an indication of quality: extracts with a low percentage of extracted beta-glucan will stay relatively free from these problems and non-extracted mushroom powder or biomass will have none of these problems.

• Putting herbs or herbal powder in a bottle together with alcohol and/or water is called 'cold-extraction'. Liquid extracts or alcohol tinctures are effective with herbs, but never with mushrooms. Alcohol or water does not break down chitin, the main structural ingredient of fungal cells. Some directly exposed bioactive compounds will dissolve in the liquid, but the percentages are very low. Mushroom tinctures therefore never specify bio-active compounds on their supplement facts label, because these levels are entirely unpredictable and in general below the level of detection. At least 95% of the tincture is just liquid and the therapeutic potency is minimal, if any.

And consider this: a powdered extract is in fact the deposit of a solvent extract (solvent = alcohol/water), it's what's left after the liquid has evaporated. After all, all powdered extracts start as a liquid extract. A single 30ml tincture bottle contains ± 4 capsules worth of mushroom extract, the rest is useless liquid. The value for money is very poor, but since it is easy, cheap and fun to do, there are a lot of DIY vendors on the market. For therapeutic effects such products are unsuitable. A very detailed explanation can be found here (opens in new window - check the purchase guideline).

In May 2013 we did a test run with Chaga extract powder, sold in bags of 100 grams each. (Of all extracts Chaga is the least susceptible to cakeing, most likely because Chaga is only in part fungal according to research.) Because it remained stable we decided to add loose Chaga extract powder permanently to our line-up. No other extracts will be released in powder form in the future.

Chaga, radioactivity... should we be worried ?

First of all, all our extracts have been tested for the main radioactive isotopes - Caesium and Strontium and Uranium. They are perfectly safe and meet all requirements.

That said, an American producer of cultivated(!) Chaga has been spreading rumors online for several years now. He's stating that Asian / (incl. Siberian) Chaga is contaminated with radioactivity due to the Fukushima disaster, early 2011. This company is marketing its own cultivated Chaga as the only reliable alternative.
These statements are complete nonsense. It's just unsubstantiated marketing talk.

First of all, in Russia it is standard to test for radionuclides such as Caesium and Strontium when exporting. (See this example of a Russian COA).

Second, most people are probably unaware of the strict EU-customs procedures during import. American, Japanese and Canadian Chaga was stopped at the EU-borders quite often during the past few years, but not Siberian Chaga. We will explain further on how this is possible.

Third, the jetstream and ocean streams are moving away from the East Coast of Japan towards the Pacific Ocean and the US. Hawaii was e.g. hit by radiation three months after the disaster took place (over 3 times the normal radiation levels) and the American West Coast was hit shortly afterwards. In North-East China (close to Eastern Russia) however radiation levels increased only 1/100.0000th of the normal level.

Look at this official depiction of the fallout deposition (2011 computer model, later updated with environmental samples in 2013).
fukushima radiation spread
Dark blue means zero deposition. Siberia is just visible, top left. China is left. Both are unaffected except the most N-East part of Russia. But as you can see a large part of the US and Canada was affected badly. Based on this (and the EU customs reports) our advice is therefore to avoid Japanese, American and Canadian Chaga (and other wild-harvested mushrooms) completely unless they have a test report proving their safety. There is no reason at all to avoid Siberian or Chinese Chaga.

Some German vendors are still using the Chernobyl accident as a reason to avoid E-European Chaga. But considering the life-span of a Chaga-infected tree (max. 20 years) and the date of the event (1986) it is clear that the last Chaga-bearing tree from that time died at least 10 years ago. No Chaga from that time is in circulation. And again - only test reports are proof, unfounded claims on a website are not. Fake news.

A side note: cultivated Chaga as marketed in the US has completely different properties than wild-harvested Chaga and therefore cannot claim any of the effects found during research. It is also not extracted but in fact a biomass product (= mycelium including the grains in which it grows) with a high level of starch. No betulin, different sterols... for further background, have a look at this article or this extensive monograph (scroll all the way down to 'The future of Chaga').

Why extracts instead of fresh or dried mushrooms?

The term 'extract' is often used quite loosely - dried and powdered mushrooms are often also advertised as 'mushroom extract' because "the water has been extracted". This is misleading.

Hot-water extraction is the minimum that is needed to free active ingredients from the cell-walls in which they are contained. These cells are made of chitin, an indigestible substance for humans. Most of the active components will simply pass through your body without a trace if you choose the cheap 'extracts'. Eating raw or dried powdered mushrooms has no noteworthy therapeutic effect. Our stomachs work too fast to break down chitin and most people lack the enzyme chitinase, which is essential for digesting chitin.

Read this excellent explanation on the supplement-facts blog. Extraction tanks We are using a state-of-the-art hot-water / ethanol extraction and distillation process to get rid of the useless chitin and set all the bio-active ingredients free. Our Lion's Mane is alcohol extracted.

After that we apply alcohol precipitation. This is a production techique which removes low molecular weight compounds and by doing so increases the level of high molecular weight compounds (research showed high molecular weight beta-glucans and proteo-glycans to be the most effective). The final product has a constant pharmaceutical level of quality and bioavailability is guaranteed. The supplement facts label is again the key to distinguishing the 'real' extracts from the 'fake' extracts: only the first type can specify / guarantee active ingredients.

FAQ - Shilajit - Mumijo

How can I dose and administer Shilajit-Mumijo easily ?

Shilajit-Mumijo is a sticky paste making it challenging to handle and to dose accurately.

We do recommend to make a 30% water solution - 30% Mumijo with 70% of boiled / cooled down clean water. This solution has an unlimited shelf life, just like the raw paste. Put the required amount of water (for 25 grams ± 59 ml) in the plastic container with Mumijo and leave it overnight. It will dissolve to a mayo-like consistency.

Stir to ensure proper dissolving. You can also freeze the Mumijo; this can be handy when you want to move it to another container or jar.

The solution should be kept in a well-closed container in a dark, cool spot, like in the refrigerator. A more extensive explanation including detailed measuring schemes are in the enclosed leaflet.

For accurate administration using a set of kitchen measuring spoons is recommended - 1/4 of a teaspoon = 1.25 ml of solution, which is the basic dose for an adult with a body weight of 80-90 kgs.

Is Shilajit safe and has it been tested for heavy metals ?

Online there are several sources telling the reader that Shilajit - Mumijo is usually contaminated with heavy metals (a warning which is usually combined with a 'better' offer - LOL).

Such statements are easy to counter though - have the product tested by an independant laboratory and share the results online. The biggest critic might be the Natural News website ('Health Ranger' Mike Adams) which is why we choose their laboratory to test our product. The outcome was excellent.

You can download the latest test report here.

On this website you can find a lot of objective background including an overview of over 25 Shilajit resins as sold on Amazon and otherplatforms, comparing price, test results and reliability.