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What are mushroom extracts?

Mushroom extracts are a concentrated, dried form of mushrooms that have been ground and mixed into a powder or paste. The extract contains all the beneficial compounds naturally found in mushrooms, such as antioxidants, polysaccharides (e.g. beta-glucans), vitamins, minerals, triterpenes, sterols and enzymes. Extracts are usually derived from various medicinal mushrooms, including wigweed, chaga, reishi, cordyceps, shiitake and maitake. These extracts can be used as supplements for a wide range of health benefits.

What does 30% polysaccharides mean?

Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates found in both plants and mushrooms. They consist of a chain of simple sugars bound together by chemical bonds, allowing them to form large molecules.

Polysaccharides are large molecules of chains of simple sugars.
Polysaccharides are large molecules of chains of simple sugars.

Polysaccharides provide energy for the body. Some mushroom extracts such as reishi extract, contain up to 30% polysaccharides. Therefore, consumption of these extracts can provide a concentrated source of beneficial polysaccharides. Moreover, combining different types of mushroom extracts can lead to an even higher concentration of polysaccharides.

Different types of mushroom extracts available at Naturaplaza

There are different types of mushroom extracts available, each with its own unique properties and benefits. It is important to understand the different types of mushrooms used to make these products, as some are more potent than others.

Knowing the difference between different mushroom extracts can help in making an informed choice of supplement.

Moreover, some products combine different types of mushrooms in a single extract to provide a wider range of benefits. Regardless of the type of mushroom extract chosen, it is important to read the labels and understand the exact ingredients of each product.

How do you store mushroom extracts for longer shelf life?

Mushroom extracts should be stored in an airtight container and not in direct sunlight. It is also important to check the expiry date on the product, as some products do not stay fresh for long. In general, mushroom extracts keep for up to a year if stored properly.

It is also important to keep the extract away from heat and moisture, as these can affect the quality of the product. Furthermore, it is recommended to take mushroom extracts with food for maximum absorption. This ensures that you get the most out of each dose.