Our Mushrooms

We know you have choices

When we started Stay Wyld Organics, we had many choices on what type of mushrooms we were going to produce and how we were going to prepare them. We researched mushrooms grown in China, North America, and other parts of the world. At the most basic level, mushrooms consist of two main parts, mycelium and fruiting body. Mycelium is essentially the root system (or immune system) with the fruiting body being the flower. 

When you’re purchasing mushrooms you may choose products containing mycelium, products containing fruiting bodies only, or full life cycle mushrooms aka full spectrum products which contain all parts of the mushroom. We quickly found out that most mycelium-based and full spectrum powders are grown in North America while almost all fruiting body powder on the market comes from China. 

We chose to grow our own mushrooms

For countless reasons, we chose to grow our own mushrooms in Canada. This allows us to control the environmental conditions and produce toxin-free mushrooms.

Did you know that mushrooms easily absorb toxins from their surrounding environment? Mushrooms grown in areas that have poor water/air quality due to pollution are often loaded with highly concentrated amounts of heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins. Mushrooms do not release those toxins, they just absorb them, and can be found in the end product. Some of these toxins and heavy metals are tested for but many are skipped due to regulations. This is why it is extremely important to know where your mushrooms are grown.

We’d like to shed a little more light on why we choose to offer whole mushrooms, which include high fruiting body content mushrooms and some mycelium, as well as a few other points that differentiate us.

Life cycle of our mushrooms

Check out the life cycle of our mushrooms. You will see mycelium, mycelium-fermented substrate and large fruiting bodies. We strongly believe in the medicinal value of high fruiting body content whole mushrooms which include both potent fruiting bodies and mycelium.

Where we grow our mushrooms

We take great pride in the environmental conditions where our mushrooms are grown. We grow our mushrooms at our state-of-the-art facility in Pemberton, British Columbia, and wild-harvest our Chaga using sustainable and ethical harvesting practices in Northern and Eastern Canada far away from civilization or contaminants. Our mushroom powders are going through organic certification by some of the strictest requirements for organic certification in the world. 

Check out our Whole Mushrooms

We wanted to provide you with the highest quality products that include all of the medicinal components of the mushroom life cycle including a high concentration of fruiting bodies and some mycelium.

One key difference that separates our mushroom products is the fact that we have such a high percentage of fruiting bodies blended with mycelium.

While there is an inherent cost to allowing the fruiting bodies to grow to maturity as this can add weeks to the production cycle of our mushrooms, we feel this is a critical part to offering you the most comprehensive and potent product possible.

Believe in the benefits of Whole Mushrooms

The growth cycle starts with sterilizing our organic Canadian grown brown rice and inoculating the rice with the culture. The mushroom mycelium feeds on the brown rice, increasing the mass of mycelium while reducing the volume of the brown rice itself. During this several week growth process, the substrate (brown rice) becomes fermented with mycelium.

We have developed a proprietary process to remove some of the mycelium from the substrate so as to produce a potent blend of high fruiting body content coupled with mycelium. This is contrary to mycelium based product in which the mushrooms never go to fruit and subssequently contain nothing more than mycelium fermented substrate.

Our whole mushroom powders contain a high percentage of fruiting bodies combined with some mycelium in order to capture all of the medicinal components of the mushrooms. While there are measurable levels of beta-glucans in the fruiting bodies and in our powders, newly published peer-reviewed research in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine validates that:

  • mushroom mycelium is "very potent in terms of triggering immune cell function."
  • fermented substrate, even when separated from pure mycelium, is highly active in supporting natural immune function.
  • pure mycelium and fermented substrate each offer unique yet complementary health benefits.
  • the immune-enhancing benefits of mushrooms are generated from a very wide range of constituents, not just beta-glucans. (2)

Fruiting Body Benefits

Mushroom fruiting bodies contain Polysaccharides including Alpha Glucans and Beta-Glucans. Mushroom β-glucans provide a unique opportunity for the discovery of novel therapeutic agents and have attracted a great deal of attention due to many health benefits such as immunomodulatory, anti-cancerous, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, antioxidative and antimicrobial activities. Mushroom β-glucans have the potential to enhance innate and cell mediated immune response. They exhibit varying degrees of antitumor activities in humans due to the difference in their structure, water solubility, size and molecular mass. These differences in turn contribute to their medicinal properties. (1)

Stay Wyld Organics Proprietary Heat Steaming Process

Another very important step that we take in preparing our mushroom products is our heat steaming process. Our mushrooms are steam treated to increase bioavailability. The immune supporting polysaccharides (Beta-Glucans) in our medicinal mushrooms are found inside of the cellular walls. However, the cell walls of the mushrooms and mushroom mycelium are made from an indigestible fiber called "chitin”. Introducing heat is the only clinically supported method for breaking these polysaccharides out of the indigestible cell walls. Our whole mushrooms are then micronized into a fine powder. The end result is a ready-to-use bioavailable mushroom powder.

Our Commitment to You

We are committed to providing you with the highest quality mushroom products on the market. We performed thorough research and product development to bring you the same mushrooms we take every day. If you have any questions about our product or process send an email to info@staywyldorganics.com and we’ll get you taken care of.

References and Resources

  1. Fungi Perfecti, LLC (Dec, 06 2019). https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/immune-benefits-of-mushroom-mycelium--fermented-substrate-validated-by-peer-reviewed-science-300970408.html
  2. Novak M, Vetvicka V (2008). Beta-glucans, history, and the present: immunomodulatory aspects and mechanisms of action. J Immunotoxicol. 2008 Jan;5(1):47-57. doi: 10.1080/15476910802019045.