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Which mushroom powder is right for you?

Why you should look carefully when choosing your provider

Our many years of experience have shown that there are very large differences in quality between individual growers and suppliers. Based on these findings, we recommend only vital mushrooms that have been cultivated and gently processed in Germany and are certified according to the EC Organic Regulation.

Moreover, when choosing your vital mushrooms, mushroom powder from the whole mushroom is one of the most important quality features. With the designation mushroom powder from the whole mushroom and “organic vital mushrooms from German cultivation” you can really be sure that your capsules contain all the important active ingredients. In the case of Reishi mushroom powder, additionally make sure that the particularly valuable spores have been added.

Mushroom powder - pay attention to reputable sources

We recommend mushroom powder from the whole mushroom, because only with this all active ingredients are preserved in their natural composition. In addition, trustworthy suppliers also pay attention to gentle processing. This includes drying the ripe harvested mushrooms at low temperatures and gentle grinding.

Safe packaging in capsules

Reishi mushrooms with three capsules and mushroom powder on wooden spoon on white backgroundFurthermore, we would like to advise against mushroom powder in tablet form, as fillers and adhesives are used in its production. We recommend using the vital mushrooms only in capsule form for several reasons: Loosely packed mushroom powder absorbs moisture very quickly. This significantly affects the quality of the powder, as it can mold very quickly – and often not visibly.

In addition, many of the valuable ingredients can become unusable or even harmful through contact with oxygen. Especially the healthy fatty acids and the vitamins are very sensitive to oxygen. Capsules protect the mushroom powder from changes.

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Effect and ingredients of mushroom powder from the whole mushroom

When using vital mushrooms for therapeutic purposes, it is essential to ensure that only the best quality products are used. Because mushroom powder from the whole mushroom, due to its high enzyme content, is able to break down toxins in the body and make them excretory.

For this reason, the mushrooms should come from organic certified cultivation in Germany. This ensures that there are no toxins or pollutants in the mushrooms to be used. These uncontaminated fungi then act as a catalyst and extract the toxins from the body. In detoxification, especially the enzymes, which are abundant in the mushroom powder from the whole mushroom, are crucial.


The triterpenes are among the most effective ingredients of the vital mushrooms. They are found predominantly in the fruiting body, mainly in the lamellae and spores of the mature mushroom cap.(1) Triterpenes can have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering, and antitumoral effects.(2)

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Polysaccharides, glycoproteins

Polysaccharides (ß-glycans) belong to the family of long-chain carbohydrates. The fruiting body contains a higher total amount as well as a higher number of different polysaccharides than the mycelium alone.(3) Several studies have shown that a mixture of different polysaccharides has a stronger effect on the immune system.(3, 4, 5, 6) The higher the molecular weight and the more branched the structure, the greater its antitumor effect.(3)

Glycoproteins are high molecular weight and complex molecules composed of beta-glucans (polysaccharides) and proteins. The action of some glycoproteins sometimes exceeds that of beta-glucans. Among other things, the glycoproteins have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.(2, 3) Extraction processes affect the protein structure of glycoproteins, which can weaken their effect.


Close-up of the underside of a mushroom with focus on the lamellaeEnzymes are in all our cells and tissues. As biocatalysts, they regulate or accelerate all metabolic processes. Thus, they ensure regular digestion, optimal blood flow, intact defenses, multiplication of our genetic material and optimal hormone action. Mushrooms are generally very rich in enzymes. However, enzymes are extremely heat-labile and can be inactivated at a temperature as low as 40 °C. However, in the case of powder from the whole mushroom, which has been gently dried, they remain intact.
Vital mushrooms contain, among others, antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD) and laccase, as well as enzymes which:

  • improve blood flow
  • support digestion
  • participate in the suppression of cell proliferation (glucose-2-oxidase)
  • are involved in the detoxification of the organism (peroxidases, cytochrome P450)(2, 7, 8)

Our organism is constantly confronted with various toxins. They either come from outside or are produced by the body’s own metabolism. The body wants to render these toxins harmless and transform them into a form that can be excreted. It must also ensure that they can be eliminated via the excretory organs. Mushrooms contain enzymes that are necessary for the various phases of detoxification. As a result, they can significantly boost the detoxification process. There is always a risk of high oxidative stress. Fungi can reduce this risk with the help of their antioxidant enzymes.(2, 7, 8)

Vitamins and minerals

Mushroom powder from the whole mushroom is rich in minerals and trace elements. In a balanced ratio, it contains potassium and phosphorus, as well as calcium and magnesium. Also included are trace elements such as copper and iron, and especially selenium.(1, 2) Mushrooms also contain various vitamins. Among them, for example, B vitamins and vitamins D and E. Some mushrooms also contain vitamins A and C, but only in small quantities.


Another interesting ingredient in whole mushroom powder is chitin, a ubiquitous polysaccharide found in fungi, insects, and parasites. To break down chitin, the human organism has also developed the enzyme chitinase. In the stomach, this enzyme helps to digest mushrooms well. This allows the valuable ingredients contained to be well absorbed. In addition, chitinase is found in activated macrophages. These react to chitin as they would to a pathogen. Therefore, chitin exerts a stimulating as well as training effect on our immune system.(9)

At the same time, chitin reduces fat absorption in the intestine. This means that less cholesterol is also absorbed through the intestines, which means that chitin also helps to lower cholesterol. The breakdown of chitin also provides glucosamine from the fungi. Glucosamine is the basic building material for cartilage and is needed in the body to repair and rebuild damaged cartilage. Thus, glucosamine has a positive effect on joint health. As a dietary fiber, chitin also exerts a prebiotic effect in the intestine, thereby contributing to a healthy microbiome. Chitin has a very large surface area and is thus able to absorb and excrete toxins and even radioactivity.(10)


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Mushroom powder from German cultivation

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Organic vital mushrooms in capsules

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Mushroom powder from the whole mushroom


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Scientific studies / sources

  • Dr. Jan I. Lelley: “The healing power of mushrooms”; B O S S Druck und Medien GmbH, Goch; 2008
  • (2) Prof. Dr. med. Ivo Bianchi: “Moderne Mykotherapie”; Hinckel-Druck, 2008
  • (3) Smith, Rowan and Sullivan: “Medicinal Mushrooms: Their therapeutic properties and current medical usage with special emphasis on cancer treatments”; University of Strathclyde, 2002.
  • (4) Ghoneum et al.: “Immunomodulatory and anti-cancer effects of active hemicellulose”; International Journal of Immunotherapy 1995.
  • (5) Wedam and Haynes: “Breast Cancer”; Journal of Neuropathic Medicine, 1997.
  • (6) Sawei et al.: “Extraction of conformationally stable (1-6)-branched (1-3)-ß-glucans from premixed edible mushroom powder by cold-alkaline solution”; International Journal of Medical Mushrooms, 2002.
  • (7) Reverberi M. et al.: “Antioxidant enzymes stimulation in Aspergillus parasiticus by Lentinula edodes inhibits aflatoxin production”; Dipartimento die Biologia Vegetale, Rome, Italy, 2005.
  • (8) Cornelius C. et al.: “Comperative Enzyme Analysis of Polyporus umbellatus, Agaricus blazei, Pleurotus osteratus and Hericium erinaceus”; Clinical Journal of Mycology, 2009.
  • (9) Carla A. Da Silva et al: “TRL-2 and Il-17A in chitin-induced macrophage activition and acute inflammation”; Journal of Immunology, 2008.
  • (10) Gorovoj L. F.: “Useful properties of chitin of medicinal mushrooms”; 6th International Medicinal Mushroom Conference, Zagreb/Croatia, September 2011.
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