FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are mushrooms really medicinal?
Mushrooms are filled with compounds that are incredibly unique and beneficial to our health. They have been used for centuries as medicine all over the world, and continue to show up in modern medicine. In fact, many pharmaceutical drugs are derived from fungi— a testament to their medicinal aptitude. A couple examples would be Taxol, Krestin, Mevastatin
Penicillin, Ciclosporin, and so many others. While they have proven effective in pharmacopoeia, we at Mushroom Revival and so many others, believe that keeping medicine in its most natural form is best for a full spectrum holistic approach to medicine.
Many studies have shown fungal compounds to have effective adaptogenic, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-allergic, hormonal balancing properties among many others. These compounds are mostly found in the form of triterpenes or beta-glucans.
What’s the difference between mycelium and fruiting bodies?
A common analogy to mushrooms vs mycelium is an apple vs an apple tree. The apple and the mushroom are for reproductive purposes and contain concentrated nutrients and life force. It is also the most available part of the organism– both in harvesting and digesting. In nature, attempting to harvest mycelium from the forest floor or from within a tree is not a feasible endeavour. And neither is making an apple pie out of apple tree branches. You would rather an apple pie be made out of apples right? That’s why we use 100% mushroom fruiting bodies (apples) in our products (pies). Even in cultivation, mycelium supplements are almost always accompanied by the grain it colonized. This means that up to 80% of the end product is grain powder or starch and is essentially very watered down. This would be like adding the branches and roots of an apple tree to a pie, and also up to 80% of the pie is also the soil the tree was growing in. Doesn’t sound very nutritious and delicious. Now imagine if these two pies were sold for the same price… which pie would you choose?
This does not mean that mycelium products aren’t doing good things for our body when digested, but rather it is weak compared to fruiting bodies.
Additionally, there are studies that highlight the stark difference in compounds present in mycelium versus mushrooms— usually showing that mushrooms are much higher in potency and chemical variety.
What does 100% fruiting body mean?
When we say 100% fruiting bodies, we mean just that! Mushroom supplements usually consist of mycelium on grain, mushrooms, or a combination of the two. At Mushroom Revival, we stick to only using mushrooms, the fruiting body.
Refer to the question above for the differences between mycelium and mushrooms.
Is there alcohol in your tinctures?
What is a double extracted tincture?
A double extraction means that the mushroom or herb has been extracted in two different, and usually equally important ways. Most mushrooms and herbs undergo a dual extraction of water, known as decoction, and alcohol, known as tincture. There are other solvents such as oil, glycerin, and vinegar. It’s important to select the appropriate solvents to get the most out of your herbal extraction, and each herb varies in its ideal methods and ratios.
For mushrooms, the beneficial compounds are primarily alcohol-soluble (triterpenes) and water-soluble (beta-glucans). So in order to get full spectrum benefits, it is necessary to do both. At Mushroom Revival, we go the extra mile to extract our mushrooms with alcohol and water, and then carefully combine the two to create a perfect balance and super potent product. Our mushrooms and herbs are also fine tuned to follow the science and extract them at the optimal alcohol percentages, temperatures, and durations.
Are there side-effects to taking medicinal mushrooms?
Medicinal mushrooms are generally regarded as safe, however if you have reason to be concerned over consuming medicinal mushroom products, please contact your health practitioner prior to taking supplements.
Common contraindications include blood thinners and insulin medications. If you are taking any medications, having surgery, dealing with other medical conditions, or pregnant, contact your doctor before incorporating our products into your regime.
How often should I take a mushroom tincture?
While there is no defined ‘dose’ of our tinctures, we suggest 1-3 dropper fulls (that’s one squeeze of the dropper) 1-3 times per day. You may choose to take more or less, or as needed! These supplements are a matter of personal preference on what you need on that given hour/day/week/month/year.
What is the best time to take these supplements?
The short answer is any day, any time! And again, when to take these supplements is a matter of personal preference. But some of our formulas and mushrooms are better suited for particular times. It’s always important to take these on a daily basis however. Most of our products are tonics and really work with the body by having them in our blood stream for an extended period of time. Some of our clients can feel our products right away but we always recommend people take our products at least once a day for at least two weeks.
Cordyceps and Manifest supports energy and stamina so it’s best suited to take before a workout or in the morning. It is also great at any time during the day when your feeling sluggish but need to keep cranking!
Lion’s mane and Mycelial Brain support brain function so try taking it in the morning, before studying or before any cognitively demanding tasks. Some of our clients like to take the lions mane before bed for enhanced dream time activity.
Reishi can assist with sleep cycles, so try it 30 to 45 minutes before you want to drift into the dream realm. Studies show Reishi is also highly anti-inflammatory, so it may be consumed anytime to combat pain, stress or as a general well-being supplement.
Mush Zen, as you may infer by its name, is meant to assist decompression and calming energy. This blend is great right before bed, before meditation or yoga if you are transitioning from a bustling atmosphere, or whenever you are seeking to soften frustrated, anxious or high strung energy.
Bow Chicka Wow Wow. This blend was named after that iconic and suggestive funk riff that is ever present in sensual media. Need we say more? This aphrodisiac blend is meant to be taken whenever you seek to amplify your mood. It contains herbs and mushrooms that calm the nervous system, get the blood circulating and that have a sensual, mildly spicy taste. These properties are notable for stimulating creative energy! Try taking this tincture whenever you feel a creative blockage, or need creative inspiration for whatever project lies ahead!
Myco-Cleanse, the tincture of redemption. Try this blend after a large meal or overindulgence. It includes herbs like milk thistle and yellow dock that can assist your body with digestion, as well as some other great herbs. This blend is also a wonderful addition to any cleanse regime, or as a daily supplement to help continuously flush out toxins. Many of us cannot escape the toxic lifestyle, especially in more urban environments, and would do well to incorporate detoxifying foods and supplements.
Mush 10, which we equate to super powers, is a versatile tincture appropriate for all occasions! Think of Mush 10 as your companion, to support you through thick and thin. Your own personal bottle of superpowers.
Mush Love is a hug in a bottle. With herbs and mushrooms like reishi, hawthorne, rose and motherwort, this is your liquid friend here whenever you need more warmth in your life. Try this blend whenever you feel sadness, or before any celebration to really marinate in love and gratitude.
How many of these supplements can I take per day? Can I combine tinctures?
Here at the farm, we take our supplements all day everyday. And you may certainly combine them! Whatever makes sense for your desired state. This is almost entirely a matter of personal preference, but here are some combinations for inspiration:
- Mush Zen and Mycelial Brain to decompress and achieve a more composed focus.
- Cordyceps and Manifest for a supercharged day.
- Reishi and Myco-Cleanse to detox after traveling or overindulging.
- Bow Chicka Wow Wow & cordyceps for some creative and fiery energy.
- Mycelial brain and lions mane for some brain juice.
Combining supplements can be a creative and personalized. Don’t hesitate to experiment! Of course you will want to be mindful about combining tinctures that could halt the end goal. For example if you are trying to get a restful sleep, combinations like Manifest and Mush Zen are advised to be avoided, but would work great to support a relaxed, but focused and driven workflow. Ultimately, use your discretion!
How are your mushrooms grown?
Our cordyceps mushrooms are grown organically on a supplemented rice substrate, and the rest are organically grown on a wood substrate Our farming is 100% organic, vegan and gluten free. We cultivate our cordyceps indoors, practice clean lab and fruiting protocols, and make sure to give the mushrooms lots of love and gratitude!
Here’s a video tour of the farm as we harvest Cordyceps
Do your mushrooms undergo heavy metal testing, mycotoxins and other lab testing?
Yes! Every batch we use goes through lab testing to show heavy metals, biological contamination, concentration of main medicinal compounds such as beta-glucan, alpha-glucan, ganoderic acid, cordycepin, and adenosine to name a few. We want to see the science when it comes to making claims about potency in our supplements, so we make sure to get definitive numbers. Our tests have shown to be some of the most potent on the market!
Are medicinal mushrooms safe to take during pregnancy or nursing? What about for my child?
Currently there is no research indicating that it’s harmful to ingest mushrooms while pregnant, nursing, or to give to children. Our tinctures include alcohol so that’s one consideration. We always recommend consulting your primary health practitioner.
Are medicinal mushrooms safe to give to my pet?
Mushrooms are generally regarded as safe and are often shared with our animal friends— although be sure to select a supplement in powder form and avoid giving your pet tincture due to the alcohol content.
What is the most optimal way to take medicinal mushroom products?
Taking our tinctures by dropping it under the tongue will give maximum potential to be absorbed into the bloodstream, but whatever way is comfortable for you will be effective. This may include putting onto the top of your tongue, into water, smoothies, hot tea, coffee, etc.
Which medicinal mushroom is right for me?
Excellent question! We encourage you to read about each of our blends to see if it matches your needs. When in doubt, our mush 10 is a good choice to get the benefits of all 10 mushrooms.
How Do I Make Cordyceps Tea?
Check out this video we made on making cordyceps tea!
Are your products organic?
All of our products are 100% organic. Look for our USDA Organic label on our products. Certified by Baystate Organic Certifiers, this means that everything we use in house is organic, from our substrates to our cleaning supplies. Every product we sell and also every ingredient we use including even our cleaning supplies are tracked by a batch number and can be traced back to its origin.
Check out, shipping, returns/replacements
What countries do you ship to?
We ship anywhere in the world! As long as you’re willing to pay for shipping, we can send mushroom medicine straight to your door.
Who is eligible for free shipping?
At this time we offer free shipping on all US based orders that are over $100
I don’t see a place to put in a coupon code
The most common cause for this is trying to add a coupon code on our subscription items. Unfortunately coupon codes are not applicable for our subscription items.
Do you offer refunds/replacements?
If a bottle breaks in transit or somehow you receive a defective product we are more than happy to send out a replacement or refund you for the full cost of the product within 30 days. Just send us a picture of your broken/defective product to our email (email@example.com) along with your order number and most often we can get you a replacement shipping out same business day or next business day.
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