Only Hot Water Extracts Are:
- 100% Used in Traditional Herbalism
- 100% Used in The Clinical Research
- Proven Effective for Therapeutic Use
There are 1,000's of studies proving the effectiveness of hot water extracts (liquid and dehydrated). There is NOT EVEN ONE independent study verifying the effectiveness of un-extracted mycelium bio-mass or un-extracted mushrooms for immune health. Which product would you bet your life on?
Why a Hot Water Extract?
Hot Water Extraction
Hot water extraction is the most expensive and technically the most difficult
method used to manufacture supplements from medicinal fungi. However, it is also
the only scientifically validated method of delivering the needed potency and
bio-availability for immune related conditions. Hot water extraction is
- 100% of the scientific research on medicinal
fungi for cancer and immune related conditions.
- 100% of the references in the texts on
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Surprisingly, given this powerful consensus, the need for hot water
extraction is ignored by the authors of popular books and articles on medicinal
mushrooms. Studies using hot water extracts represent 100% of the cited
references for medicinal fungi and immune health in the three most recent books
on medicinal mushrooms, yet none of the authors make this crucial point within
the text of their books.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of medicinal mushroom supplements sold on
the U.S. market are un-extracted mushrooms or un-extracted mycelium, products
that have no supporting research for immune health issues.
Mushrooms are unique, stationary like a plant, yet built from chitin,
the same material contained in the shell of a lobster. Understanding
the properties of chitin is critical to understanding how to choose
an effective, high-quality medicinal mushroom product.
Chitin is indigestible by humans.(1)
Yet chitin, which makes up the cell walls of mushrooms and mushroom
mycelium, contains the potent immune stimulating compounds common
to all medicinal mushrooms, the polysaccharides.(2)
Practitioners of Traditional East Asian Medicine and modern clinical
researchers both use the same preparation technique to overcome this
barrier, hot water.
Only a heated liquid solution can break down the indigestible chitin
and release the active compounds into a concentrated, bio-available
form.3 When used in Traditional Chinese Medicine
for chronic conditions or immune health medicinal mushrooms are always
prepared with heat and water, as a tea or a decoction. (4,5,6,7,8)
Medicinal mushrooms are never used in the un-extracted form (as mycelium
bio-mass powder or dried mushroom powder), and rarely prepared as
a tincture (soaked in alcohol and water in the absence of heat).
Scientific research backs this traditional preparation method. Every
published, independent study on the use of medicinal mushrooms for
immune health has been conducted with a hot water or hot water/alcohol
extract. Every form of extraction, including precipitation with alcohol,
requires a heated liquid solution to first release the polysaccharides,
the primary active compounds, from the chitinous cell walls of the
mushroom and mushroom mycelium.(9)
This is true for Reishi;(10,11)
All of the well-known isolates are also extracted in a heated aqueous
solution, including Maitake Fraction from Maitake, PSK and PSP from
Coriolus versicolor, and Lentinan and LEM from Shiitake.
According to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia mycelium bio-mass products
are inferior because of a "lack of bio-availability". This
publication also states that concentrates derived through proper extraction
contain active compounds "magnitudes higher than what is available
in crude mycelium biomass preparations".(18)
At JHS Natural Products we take these lessons seriously. Our dehydrated
hot water extracts are formulated to deliver all of the important
constituents unique to each mushroom. Every batch is analyzed for
purity, contains guaranteed amounts of the active compounds, and is
offered as a pure extract, containing no mycelium bio-mass or ground
mushrooms as filler.