Why take a mushroom supplement?
Mushrooms are incredibly unique organisms, being neither plants nor animals. Unsurprisingly, they also possess very unique nutrient profiles. Many incredible compounds are still being discovered in mushrooms, and mushrooms’ potential as superfood continue to be realized. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest mushroom supplements can improve the immune system, improve memory and cognition, strength, endurance, help regulate blood sugar and blood glucose, "detoxify", help fight cancer, and more.
Can I give Sacred 7 to my dog?
Absolutely! Mushrooms aren't only good for people. New research is showing that dogs can greatly benefit from mushroom supplements in some of the same ways people can. Man's best friend deserves a boost too! Just be sure to double check with your veterinarian first.
Original Sacred 7 smells and tastes like chocolate. Are you sure there's no cocoa powder in it?
There is no cocoa powder or any other ingredients in Sacred 7. It is 100% mushrooms.
The seven mushrooms in combination naturally have a very rich smell (often described as “chocolately”). Lion’s Mane mushroom is the biggest culprit, and has a strong, malty "chocolate" aroma by itself. Shiitake also smells sweet.
We agree the smell is uncanny, but it's not from cocoa powder - it's the mushrooms themselves. They're extremely high-quality whole mushrooms, and they simply have a rich, sweet smell. Our products are produced in a tightly-regulated facility with stringent quality control standards. The facility tests the product multiple times, and they will not allow anything to be in the product which is not on the label. Given our facility’s oversight, not to mention our own integrity, it simply isn’t possible for us to add ingredients we don’t disclose.
To clarify a final time, Original Sacred 7 is made from 100% whole mushrooms. It does NOT contain any cocoa powder whatsoever.
Where do the mushrooms come from?
Five of our mushrooms our powders are made from are grown in China. The other two (Chaga and Turkey Tail) are carefully wild-harvested there.
The whole Chaga used to make our Chaga Tincture and our Chaga Chunks is wild-harvested in Alaska.
The whole Lion's Mane used to make our Lion's Mane and Rhodiola Tincture is grown organically in California. Our Rhodiola is grown organically in Alaska.
[Photo: Our mushrooms are grown in lush, rural China, far away from industrial pollution]
Mushroom cultivation originated in Zhejiang Province in China around 1,000 years ago. To this day, Zhejiang is one of the world's leading centers for mushroom research and cultivation, and it's where our mushrooms come from. Medicinal mushrooms are grown at scale there, and both the demand and the systems in place to meet that demand are present for medicinal mushrooms.
[Photo: Our mushrooms are grown organically in shadehouses, pictured right.]
Currently the economics of cultivation and extraction technology make production of whole mushroom fruiting bodies for supplements prohibitively expensive in North America.
The demand for medicinal mushrooms in North America is growing rapidly, but the supply still does not exist. That's why nearly all mushroom supplements that are "USA grown" are made from mycelium on grain grown in a lab. Please see our article about fruiting bodies vs. mycelium to understand why this is important. While whole fruiting bodies are cheaper in China, they are not inferior in any way.
It’s true that parts of China have problems with pollution. But China is geographically massive, and it is wrong to assume that all mushrooms from China are of lesser quality or somehow tainted. Our mushrooms are 100% certified Organic. They are grown by farmers who care, and who have passed down mushroom cultivation through their generations. They’re grown in rural areas outdoors in shadehouses with exposure to fresh air flow, light, and spring water on all natural substrate materials like hardwood and sawdust, which mimic the mushrooms' natural growing environments.
The mushrooms are rigorously tested multiple times for purity, heavy metals and contaminants before being released to market. Certificates of Analysis are available upon request.
[Photo Overlooking the farm in China where our mushrooms are grown.]
What extraction ratios and processes are used in your products?
In Sacred 7, our mushrooms undergo what’s called a 1:1 hot water extraction.
We also use 8:1 extracts of Lion's Mane, Cordyceps, and Maitake in select products.
The water used is purified with an ultra-filtration system. Our tinctures utilize a dual extraction process of hot water and alcohol. Their menstruum ratio is 1:5.
These processes ensure that the active constituents in the mushrooms become bioavailable. The resulting extracts are much higher in compounds like beta-glucans, triterpenes, and other powerful mycocompounds.
Why don't your products list the percentage of beta-glucans?
Our individual mushrooms are tested for beta-glucans by our grower, and they do test at over 20%. However, when we blend them together and package them we are required to perform an additional beta-glucans test. Since we don't perform this additional test, we cannot state the beta-glucan content on the packaging if we want to remain FDA-compliant.
Beta-glucan testing is expensive, and performing a second test as a formality after blending the mushrooms can feel a bit silly since the mushrooms have already been tested for beta-glucans and we know they are over 20%. For this reason we chose not to perform the second test and to not state beta-glucan content on our packaging. In the future we will try to budget for the second test in order to be able to legally state the beta-glucan content of our mushrooms on the labels. For us it's important to respect and comply with FDA guidelines.
Are your Cordyceps grown on insects?
It is true that Cordyceps often do grow out of dead insects in the wild! Our process actually seeks to mimic nature in that our cordyceps militaris is grown on a mix which includes 30% organic silkworm protein powder. This ensures that they receive the same nutrients they would in the wild and become happier, more potent mushrooms.