Organic Functional Mushrooms: The Natural Choice*

Why you should choose organic functional mushrooms*

Consumer standards for the foods and supplements we put into our bodies are a growing concern, including organic functional mushrooms.* Non-organic farming practices require lots of nasty chemicals to keep crops consistent. Not only do these non-organic farms use nasty chemicals. Most of the times, the cultivation technique is harmful to the land in various ways.

Organic producers avoid chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. But they still need a way to control pests and keep their crops thriving. This delves into the realm of permaculture: the practice of developing agricultural ecosystems that are sustainable and self-sufficient. Organic farming is not only chemical-free, but the practices are much more sustainable and earth-friendly. It’s one more step to say “we care about our planet, our bodies and our health!”

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So what about organic functional mushrooms?

Growing mushrooms is quite different from growing vegetables and is a new field in the United States. First of all, it is mostly done indoors, in a much more controlled environment. But no matter what kind of farming, it’s a good idea to know where it came from. Organic standards for mushrooms are just as important as vegetable crops and are often interrelated.

Unlike plants, mushrooms do not make their own food. They metabolize it – their enzymes have the awesome power to break down many compounds into simpler nutrients. Most mushrooms rely on agricultural waste for their food source, so it is important that these plants are grown in an eco-friendly, toxic chemical-free, certified organic environment. By buying organic mushrooms, you support a larger organic farming system that goes hand in hand with organic plant farming.

To be certified organic, traceability is very important. It is important to be able to trace every single ingredient that goes into the process of growing organic mushrooms and that also includes the cleaners used to mop the floors or wash the dishes! Each ingredient must come with a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) which serves as proof that a third party lab has tested those ingredients for chemical, biological contaminants and also sequenced the DNA to make sure it is what you say it is.

Although fungi generally have the ability to break down chemicals with their enzymatic abilities, there is still a high chance that toxic chemicals will contaminate the mushrooms you grow. Heavy metals such as aluminium, arsenic, cadmium and lead are in their simplest elemental form and therefore cannot be broken down further. If a fungus metabolizes substrate where these metals are present, they will be absorbed and overaccumulated in the mushroom that eventually grows leading to potential heavy metal toxicity if these mushrooms are then extracted and concentrated to make a potent extract.

Stay Safe: Organic

So let’s recap: Organic Functional Mushrooms means:

  1. Support certified organic farming of plants/mushrooms to limit the amount of toxic chemicals in our soils, waters, people and to protect the biodiversity of life.
  2. Transparency and traceability to trace EXACTLY what is going into each batch of your organic mushroom extracts.
  3. No toxic chemicals, biologicals or heavy metals enter your body!*
  4. Creating sustainable systems to empower the human race towards a brighter, cleaner and healthier future!

At AdaptogenShrooms, we only use certified organic mushrooms grown indoors when possible (some of our ingredients, like chaga, can only be responsibly sourced wild in pristine areas, in our case—Siberia). In addition to our cultivation standards, we try to make sure our mushrooms are regularly tested for heavy metals, biological contaminants, chemical contaminants and testing for key compounds such as alpha glucans, beta glucans, cordycepin, adenosine, ganoderic acid and more!

In 2019, we became the only certified organic producer of Cordyceps militaris mushrooms west of the Atlantic. We are proud of this fact because we want to show the world that this not only can be done, but must be the only way to produce mushrooms. We want to raise the bar so that the general public gets only the best possible supplement and the planet benefits too!

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