Everything You Always Wanted to Know About PURICA and Our Medicinal Mushrooms*

(*But Were Afraid to Ask)

I’m vegan. Are your products suitable for me?

Yes, all of our medicinal mushrooms products are Vegan. They’re therefore suitable for both Vegan and Vegetarian diets.

How should I store PURICA supplements?

Our products are shelf stable. Capsules can be stored at room temperature of 15-30 degrees in their bottle. They do not need to be refrigerated.

I don’t like to swallow capsules. Does PURICA have other options for me?

Yes! We offer our mushrooms in pure powder form in our traditional amber glass jars.  For a fun change of pace, you can also access the benefits of our mushrooms through our new PURICA Zensations product line. Check out our ready-to-mix line of delicious beverages.

I am allergic to mold. Can I still take medicinal mushrooms?

None of our mushrooms are known to produce any mycotoxins. However, we always recommend consulting a health care practitioner if you have any specific condition or concerns.

Will taking medicinal mushrooms build yeast in my body?

This concern often arises around whether eating mushrooms can contribute to fungal overgrowth within the body, but this is not the case. Mushrooms can strengthen your immune response. It is also important to note that they are low in sugar. An over-abundance of sugar can promote yeast overgrowth.

As with all of our products we always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any specific condition.

When PURICA refers to full spectrum medicinal mushrooms, what does that mean?

Full spectrum medicinal mushrooms consist of the complete fungal material incorporating all of the biologically active components. These include the mycelium, fruitbodies, spores and the extra-cellular compounds that are excreted outside of the cell and into the surrounding environment. These compounds are produced throughout the entire life cycle of the organism and are accountable for the primary medicinal properties attributed to the fungal kingdom. They include compounds with antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal qualities, along with other compounds that the fungus produces to protect itself from competing bacteria and microbes within its environment. All PURICA medicinal mushrooms are “full spectrum” and use elements from the entire life cycle of the mushroom.

What is micronization? And how are the active compounds of the mushroom drawn out without an extraction process?

Extraction methods include alcohol and water extraction that can draw out certain components at the expense of others. PURICA micronizes its mushrooms to unlock the active compounds from their indigestible fibrous matrix. Micronization is a newer technology that unlocks “all the ingredients” in the mushroom, converting them to tiny, highly absorbable particles. These active ingredients are then easily absorbed by the body to exert their potent health-promoting benefits.

If your mushrooms aren’t standardized through an extraction process, how can I be sure I am getting effective amounts of polysaccharides?

Because we use the full spectrum of mushroom constituents, the active compounds vary slightly each batch. The industry standards for many extract products is a polysaccharide content of 30-40%.  Our products typically fall in the range of 70-80% polysaccharides and beta glucans content of 20-30%.  We guarantee a minimum level of 55% polysaccharide content.  As an example, see the certificates of analysis for some of our current batches for your information and comfort.

COA Cordyceps.
COA Lion’s Mane

I have heard that some medicinal mushrooms products can contain substantial quantities of inactive starches. Should this be of concern to me?

Beta-glucans are the primary compounds in medicinal mushrooms that are sought for strengthening the immune system.  But there are various other active compounds that exhibit positive effects on human health. Triterpenoids, sterols and nucleosides are examples of other beneficial compounds found in medicinal mushrooms. Alpha-glucans are a starch that is very similar to beta-glucans but they do not exhibit the same health promoting actions. In general, it is better to have a lower alpha-glucan content in the product, thus making more fungal tissue available for health promoting compounds. The alpha glucan content of PURICA mushrooms must be no greater than 5%, and our certificates of analysis typically show a 1-2% alpha glucan content.

What is the difference between wild versus lab grown medicinal mushrooms?

PURICA mushrooms are North American lab grown. Our controlled methods of mushroom cultivation involve natural hybridization strains to optimize naturally-occurring constituents. We improve on nature to ensure each full-spectrum blend is of the utmost quality and potency. This results in mushrooms that do not require irradiation.

For example, PURICA Cordyceps is grown using a patented process that involves low temperature and low oxygen to mimic the growing conditions of cordyceps that are typically grown at high altitudes in the wild in the Himalayas. The result is that the cordyceps cultivated not only matches the chemical analysis of wild cordyceps, it exceeds the potency by a factor of five!

Mycologist Dr. John Holliday discusses PURICA Cordyceps.

How does PURICA ensure that it grows the highest quality of mushrooms?

The multi-functional production process involves mycologists, microbiologists, biochemists and veterinary and human health care professionals from many fields. All of our mushrooms are grown on a certified organic plant base with trace minerals. All of our raw materials and dietary supplement ingredients are fully 100% Certified Organic, USDA and EU Certified Organic and Certified Kosher. They are third-party Certified Organic and non-GMO. We also use no fillers, preservatives or additives in our products.

Every lot of mushroom products that we sell is run through an extensive range of testing to ensure consistency, potency and standards of the highest quality.

Do I need to worry about lead contamination or any other toxins in medicinal mushrooms?

Due to the pristine environments in which our mushrooms are grown there is no concern for any contamination of heavy metals or bacteria. Please refer to our certificates of analysis for more detailed information on this.

I am new to medicinal mushrooms. Where do I start?

If you are looking to simply strengthen your immune system, then we recommend one of our products with with a blend of species. Such a blend will deliver to you the broadest range of active compounds.  Cordyceps on its own, for example will support your immune system while helping your body by improving energy levels through the elevated production of ATP (the energy currency of our cells). While Lion’s Mane provides memory support, it is known to stimulate synthesis of nerve growth factor (NGF), which may inhibit brain dysfunction and age-related loss of cognitive function. You can’t go wrong with medicinal mushrooms, but do some research and consult with a healthcare practitioner to see which mushroom(s) may be best for you.

I tend to feel quite stressed and run down so I am wondering what mushroom product would you recommend to help build up my immune system and overall health?

Recognizing that stress can certainly play a factor in further weakening the immune system, PURICA products have been formulated to help the body to better adapt to stress, something which medicinal mushrooms have the innate ability to do.

While many medicinal mushrooms carry the benefits of strengthening the immune system, PURICA strives to provide clear guidelines around specific benefits and adapting medicinal mushrooms to specific health concerns.

Where do I go for more information on PURICA mushrooms?

Email us at service@purica.com or call us today toll free at 1-877-746-9397. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Scroll down to subscribe to our e-newsletter. Also watch out for entertaining and informative podcasts on medicinal mushrooms and other fine PURICA natural health formulations.