Our 100% Australian Grown Medicinal Mushrooms have gone kind of viral all over the internet. I have had a number of people ask why the mycelium/growing substrate is included.
There is a lot of debate around whether medicinal mushrooms should be 100% fruiting body or whether they should also contain the mycelium (“the roots of the mushroom”.
First off, it certainly isn’t a filler. A filler is something cheap added to a product to “bulk” it up. Adding the mycelium and growing substrate is more labour intensive and thus more expensive than just selling the fruiting body.
Secondly, the most well respected mycologist in the world believes the mycelium should be included and he helped conduct the science that seems to be in support of what he has always known.
The peer reviewed scientific study only had 3 participants so it is in no way conclusive. It is available here:
I tend to lean on the side of including the mycelium for a number of reasons
- The mycelium (and even the rice substrate it is grown in) have both been demonstrated to improve the immune system
- There is so much more to medicinal mushrooms than just beta-glucans. Just like any plant, the roots of the mushroom contain important benefits by only harvesting fruiting bodies you are not having a the whole food
- The same study also finds that the trace amounts of substrate ferment and provide their own immune benefits.
But at the end of the day the proof for me is in the “proverbial pudding”. You only need to read a few of our customer reviews to see why I’m convinced that our way of growing and producing medicinal mushrooms is the superior method.
What is it?
“Mycelium” is the root structure of the mushroom.
“Fruiting body” is the part of the mushroom that grows above the surface
“Growth substrate” is the medium used to grow the mushrooms. We use organic brown rice for this.
What about the brown rice?
Interestingly, they found the brown rice substrate was also immunologically active in a different way to the mycelium.
“In my scientific opinion, mushroom products not incorporating mycelium are at a decided disadvantage, given the results of recent research.” – Paul Stamets
My final thoughts
At the end of the day we have to listen to people we consider to be experts on specific topics.
Paul Stamets may be the most well renowned mycologist in the world. He has dedicated his whole life to mushrooms.
For me, if he says the mycelium is imperative for maximum benefit – then that is good enough for me.