Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I use Adaptogenin™?
Add 1-3 grams of Adaptogenin™ to your favorite juice, smoothie, tea, coffee, eggs, oatmeal, soup, dip, or salad dressing. You can also add it to recipes, such as baked goods. Use your imagination and let us know if you come up with a special recipe you prefer!

How much should I take?
Mushrooms are a functional food and therefore can be eaten daily. Our serving size is based on a healthy adult. While there are no toxicity levels established for our mushrooms, it is safe to take more than the suggested amount in consultation with your healthcare practitioner.

How does heat affect Adaptogenin™? If I put it in coffee, or tea or cook with it, how does it affect the activity or health benefits of the mushrooms?
A majority of the bio-active nutrients in functional mushrooms are stable at higher temperatures. Some enzymes and vitamins can be slightly degraded when exposed to heat, however, some specific compounds, such as beta glucans, may become more bio-available when taken in hot liquid or when cooked in foods, so the best advice to get the most out of Adaptogenin™is to mix it up! Try it in everything from smoothies, to hot coffee or tea, or as a salad topper to get a broad range of all the constituents the mushrooms have to offer. Let us know what you like best!

Should I take Adaptogenin™ daily?
Yes. It should be taken daily for maximum effectiveness. There are long-term benefits of daily mushroom consumption as our bodies put them to better use over time with the support of the diverse range of naturally-occurring bio-active nutrients in functional mushrooms. Always consult your health care provider for any questions related to diet.

What are the ingredients that provide the benefits in medicinal mushrooms?
Adaptogenin™ provides a wide array of nutritional benefits. Some of the primary ingredients include beta glucans and other polysaccharides, polyphenols, prebiotic non-soluble fiber, and digestive enzymes that support immune function. Functional mushrooms also contain vitamins, such as Vitamin D, minerals, and amino acids/proteins. In addition, there are many mushroom-specific compounds such as triterpenes (from Reishi and Turkey Tail), cordycepin (from cordyceps) and neurotrophic factors (from Lion’s Mane) all of which contribute to overall health and wellness.

Where's the science?
Have a look at the Mushroom Index page of our site. More and more studies are coming out showing the benefits of mushrooms.

Are there any contraindications?
If you have any medical condition, are having surgery, are taking prescription drugs, including blood thinners or insulin medications, or are pregnant, please consult your health practitioner prior to taking our products.

What does it taste like?
To keep Adaptogenin™ powder as healthy and bio-avalable as possible, we do not pollute it with sugar or unnatural flavors so it has a pleasant and natural, earthy flavor.

How do we prepare your mushroom products?
We use either a hot water extraction or a special heat treatment process to ensure better bio-availability of nutrients. (See particular product info for more information.) Our mushrooms are whole food mushrooms with a full spectrum of naturally occurring nutrients produced by each species. In other words, we use the whole mushroom to ensure the important bio-active compounds and nutrients from both the mycelium (the root-like system) and the fruit (the fruiting body) are included. This is an excellent way of extracting more of the mushrooms valuable compounds and is aligned with many ancient Chinese Medicine techniques used for hundreds of years.

I have a medical condition. Which products do you recommend?
Please keep in mind, we are not doctors, we are mushroom specialists and our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. If you have severe health concerns, we suggest consulting a qualified healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment options.

Why so many mushrooms species in Adaptogenin™?
Mushrooms are synergistic, meaning they accomplish more together than alone. Our mushroom blend offers comprehensive support for your immunity, with each species providing its own uniquely supportive properties.* Combining mushrooms provides increased Natural Killer Cell and Macrophage numbers and activity when compared to the same serving size of a single species. Adaptogenin™ is blend of 15 mushrooms formulated for:

Daily immune support*
Encouraging resistance to cellular assaults and leaky gut*
Supporting concentration, memory and cognitive functioning*
Supporting energy and stamina*
Enhancing the body’s natural metabolic systems*
Supporting a healthy libido*
Promoting healthy kidney function*
Supporting oxygen intake*

Why do you use a full spectrum?
Mushroom mycelium is an excellent ingredient for supporting health. Unfortunately, mycelium grown on grain or rice contains minimal amounts of the important compounds that are in medicinal mushrooms. Myceliated grain is cheap to produce, often cheap to purchase, but the lack of medicinal compounds makes it a very expensive product. Adaptogenin™ is a full Spectrum mushroom product which means it is complete fungal material consisting of all the biologically active components, including the mycelium, primordia, fruitbodies, and most importantly, the extracellular compounds produced throughout the entire life cycle of the organism. It is these extracellular compounds (compounds that are excreted outside of the cell and into the surrounding environment) that are responsible for the main medicinal properties known from the fungal kingdom. This includes all the antibiotic properties, antiviral properties, antifungal properties 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. These secondary metabolites have opened up the frontiers of medicine, with such breakthroughs as antibiotics and cholesterol lowering drugs and we believe these constituents are what makes Adaptogenin™ so powerful.

Does Adaptogenin™ contain Beta Glucans, PSK, PSP, D-Fraction, or AHCC, and if so, how much?
These are some of the most well-known constituents studied in mushroom mycelium and fruitbodies, however they are only some of the many valuable compounds that can help support and maintain health. We believe all of the nutrients and myriad compounds within the entire organism are beneficial to the immune system, and necessary for a whole foods approach to health. A chief goal with our products is to keep the mushroom's natural chemical architectures intact. Therefore, we don't isolate any specific compounds or concentrate them. While our products do contain these compounds, as a supplement company, we focus our testing on Identity, Composition, Purity and Strength rather than nutritional, mineral or other analyses.

Can I take Adaptogenin™ with other medication?
While functional mushrooms are a natural product, as with any dietary supplement, we always recommend consulting your health care provider.

Can Adaptogenin™ be used by children, or while pregnant, or nursing?
There is currently not enough research available to safely conclude mushroom supplements are safe to ingest during pregnancy or for use by children. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we do not suggest that these individuals take our dietary supplement. That being said, including cooked mushrooms in your regular diet may be great alternative whole-foods approach for your young ones. For further guidance, please consult your doctor or pediatrician. Thank you for your understanding.

What is the best time of day to ingest supplements?
We have no directions on the best time of day to take our supplements as it is a matter of personal preference. It is important to note, everyone is unique in how they digest and metabolize these compounds. We find it more important that you have the awareness to take control of your own health and are taking mushrooms at all. For that we applaud you and think you are amazing!  For further guidance, please consult your health practitioner.

Will I notice a difference?
It is important to note, everyone is unique in how they metabolize and digest these compounds. While something like Cordyceps itself provides energy support and can generally be noticed very soon, many medicinal mushroom constituents are working behind the scenes to promote potentially important health benefits such as anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and immune support. 

Is Adaptogenin™ appropriate for vegetarian, vegan, keto, kosher and paleo diets?
Yes, yes, and YES!  Adaptogenin contains no animal-based ingredients. Not to mention Adaptogenin™ is

Certified 100% Organic
Grown in the USA
DNA verified GMO Free
Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Sugar Free
Eco Friendly

How should I store Adaptogenin?
Our products are extremely shelf stable, just keep them in a cool dry place.

I have a mold allergy. Can I take your products?
The fungal kingdom is very diverse; immune supporting mushrooms such as Reishi and Turkey Tail are genetically and morphologically dissimilar to molds. In addition, none of our mushrooms are known to produce mycotoxins like black mold and other fungi. Regardless, we always recommend consulting a healthcare professional about your particular situation.

Will your products encourage yeast to grow in my body?
A common misconception is that eating mushrooms will facilitate fungal overgrowth in the body, but this is untrue. Not only are mushrooms very low in the sugars that promote yeast growth, but they also strengthen the body's immune response. If you're experiencing yeast overgrowth you should consult a healthcare professional about your particular situation.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with your doctor, or other qualified health care professional before using.