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1:1 Mushroom Powder vs. Dual Extract: Which Is Better?

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What should you choose: mushroom powder or mushroom extract? What sets them apart, and where do they overlap? What benefits do they offer, and how can you use them?

This article provides comprehensive insights into these two forms of mushroom supplements. Each has its unique strengths, so the choice depends on your specific goals.

If you’re still uncertain about which supplement to purchase after reading this, feel free to ask us. We’re more than happy to offer advice and provide explanations about the fascinating realm of functional mushrooms!

How are our mushroom supplements made?

Let’s begin with an explanation of how our mushroom supplements are produced because there is a significant distinction between the purification method used for 1:1 powder and the double extraction method used for dual extracts.

First and foremost, mushrooms have tough cell walls, within which essential active ingredients like beta-glucans, triterpenes, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals are contained. To unlock the full potential of these nutrients, breaking down the cell walls is essential. We’ll now delve into the methods employed for this purpose.

Different processing methods: mushroom powder vs. extract

MushPeak’s supplements are processed by specialized purification and extraction methods, employing a purification process for 1:1 mushroom powder and an extraction process for dual extracts.

Purification method for 1:1 mushroom powder capsules

Following cultivation, our fresh organic mushrooms undergo thorough washing. Subsequently, they are fully dried and finely ground, resulting in a fine powder. However, the process doesn’t stop there!

The nutrients within the powder remain inaccessible to the body, as the cell walls remain intact. To enhance the bioavailability of active compounds, including beta-glucans, the powder is steamed and ground. This method, known as ‘Grinding,’ ensures that all of the original mushroom nutrients, both soluble and insoluble, are retained in the powder.

Extraction method for dual extract mushroom capsules

Now, let’s explore the extraction method used for dual extracts. This process involves a two-step treatment of the mushrooms. The initial step is water extraction (without steaming and grinding), where the dried powder is boiled in water.

The outcome is the non-water-soluble substances. To extract these substances, a second step is employed using ethanol, in which the substances dissolve. The result is then dried to produce a water/ethanol extract, known as the Dual Extract.

Dual extracts are denoted by a higher number, such as ‘8:1,’ as seen in our Organic Lion’s Mane extract capsules. This ratio signifies that for one part of the powder, eight parts of Lion’s Mane mushrooms are used, in contrast to the 1:1 powder capsules where an equal amount of powder and mushrooms are used.

Both versions, the 1:1 powders and the dual extracts, offer distinct benefits and applications, which we’ll explore shortly. However, before we delve into those, we’ll provide insights into the essential nutrients found in functional mushrooms to enhance your understanding.

Beta-glucans, triterpenes, polysaccharides: what do they do?

Mushroom powder and dual extracts from MushPeak are rich in nutrients. Here’s a selection of dietary fibers you can find in our capsules:

  • Macronutrients: protein and complex carbohydrates.
  • Micronutrients: B vitamins and minerals like selenium, copper, iron, and potassium.
  • Antioxidants, including ergothionein, glutathione, polyphenols, and superoxide dismutase.
  • Prebiotic fiber.
  • Beta-glucans and other polysaccharides.
  • Additional bioactive compounds, depending on the mushroom species in the powder, such as triterpenes, sterols, and peptides.

But what are the specific benefits of these nutrients? To provide some clarity, let’s focus on three essential dietary fibers found in mushrooms: beta-glucans, triterpenes, and polysaccharides.

It’s important to note that we don’t make general health claims or absolutes because we understand that every individual’s body is unique. Furthermore, nutrients often work synergistically, offering multiple health benefits.

However, we can refer to studies that have yielded intriguing results.

Also read: Mushrooms: Best Supplements for Muscle Gain?

Beta-glucans for cognitive enhancement

Recent laboratory research on mice found that β-glucans from various sources, including oat bran, mushrooms, and curdlan, showed the potential to enhance temporal memory in normal mice. These β-glucans represent three classic types: β-(1,3)/(1,4)-glucan, β-(1,3)/(1,6)-glucan, and β-(1,3)-glucan, suggesting that β-glucans have direct cognitive-enhancing properties (1).

Our mushroom supplements are rich in beta-glucans, with our Organic Turkey Tail, for instance, containing more than 48% beta-glucans.

Triterpenes for hair growth

When it comes to triterpenes, research indicates their stimulating effect on hair growth. Recent studies even suggest that triterpenes from Chaga mushrooms exhibit more potent effects on hair growth than minoxidil, a chemical hair growth drug (2). Interestingly, in Mongolia, Chaga mushrooms have been traditionally used as a natural hair shampoo to promote healthy hair.

Moreover, triterpenes appear to offer various other health benefits. Additional research suggests that triterpenes from Reishi and King Oyster mushrooms may have anti-tumoral and anti-inflammatory properties (3, 4).

Polysaccharides for digestive health

Polysaccharides are bioactive macromolecules found in the fruit bodies of culinary or functional mushrooms. Beta-glucans are a type of polysaccharide, but mushrooms contain many others, including chitin, hemicellulose, alpha-glucans, mannans, xylans, and galactans.

According to a scientific review, polysaccharides from mushrooms can help regulate the gut microbiota by reducing pathogenic levels and promoting the growth of beneficial microorganisms (5).

Benefits of 1:1 mushroom powder vs. dual extracts

On the difference between mushroom powder and extract

MushPeak offers 1:1 powder of each mushroom, including Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Reishi, Turkey Tail, and Cordyceps, derived from organic, dried fruiting bodies. Additionally, you can purchase dual extracts of most of our mushrooms.

Benefits of 1:1 mushroom powder capsules from MushPeak

What are the benefits of our 1:1 mushroom powder capsules? We’ve outlined them for you:

  • Less processing compared to dual extracts.
  • Nutrient-rich with a broad spectrum of nutrients.
  • High beta-glucan content, especially in Turkey Tail.
  • Ideal for supporting a healthy lifestyle.

The purification process used for 1:1 powder capsules involves fewer steps than the extraction process for dual extracts, making it less processed. The powder contains all the compounds naturally occurring in the mushroom.

Our 1:1 mushroom powders are rich in beta-glucans, with Organic Turkey Tail having particularly high levels. This is why many people use 1:1 mushroom supplements to enhance their healthy lifestyles.

Benefits of mushroom dual extract capsules from MushPeak

Now, let’s explore the advantages of our dual extract capsules:

  • Higher levels of triterpenes.
  • Greater availability of ethanol-soluble substances.
  • Significant beta-glucan content (though Reishi contains more in 1:1 powder).
  • Ideal for achieving specific goals.

Dual extracts contain elevated concentrations of specific nutrients due to the double extraction method, such as triterpenoid saponins in Lion’s Mane 8:1 dual extract, triterpenes in Reishi 15:1 dual extract, and cordycepin in Cordyceps 8:1 dual extract.

As a result, many people opt for dual extracts when aiming to achieve specific health and wellness goals.

Also read: Buying Functional Mushrooms: Find Your Match

1:1 Mushroom powder or dual extract? Which one will you choose?

Each mushroom species, whether in the form of 1:1 powder or dual extract, possesses unique properties that can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The choice depends on your specific goals!

You can combine the powders and the extracts with ease, just as you can blend different mushroom varieties for optimal results. Explore our product offerings to discover which mushroom is the best fit for your needs. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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Disclaimer

Supplements should not be used as a replacement for a diverse diet, a healthy lifestyle, or as a treatment for any medical condition. Keep this product out of the reach of children. If you are ill, pregnant, or in doubt, always consult with your healthcare provider. The information provided on this website is intended for general informational purposes and should not be considered as medical advice. While traditional Chinese medicine has a history spanning thousands of years and has been tested on numerous individuals, MushPeak does not make claims indicating the proven medicinal properties of herbs or mushrooms, in accordance with current EU legislation. Detailed information about mushrooms is available from publicly accessible sources on the Internet. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

References

  1. Hu M., Zhang P., Wang R., Zhou M., Pang N., Cui X., Ge X., Liu X., Huang X-F., & Yu Y. (2022). Three Different Types of β-Glucans Enhance Cognition: The Role of the Gut-Brain Axis. Front. Nutr. (9):848930. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2022.848930
  2. Sagayama, K., Tanaka, N., Fukumoto, T. et al. (2019). Lanostane-type triterpenes from the sclerotium of Inonotus obliquus (Chaga mushrooms) as proproliferative agents on human follicle dermal papilla cells. J Nat Med 73, 597-601. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11418-019-01280-0
  3. Xue Z., et al. (2015). Structure identification of triterpene from the mushroom Pleurotus eryngii with inhibitory effects against breast cancer. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 70:291-296. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11130-015-0492-7
  4. Chen B., Tian J., Zhang J., et al. (2017). Triterpenes and meroterpenes from Ganoderma lucidum with inhibitory activity against HMGs reductase, aldose reductase and α-glucosidase. Fitoterapia, 120:6-16. doi:10.1016/j.fitote.2017.05.005
  5. Sameer K-S., Pravamayee A., Jigni M., Bighneswar B., Kumanand T., & Hrudaynath T. (2016). Mushroom polysaccharides as potential prebiotics with their antitumor and immunomodulating properties: A review. Bioactive Carbohydrates and Dietary Fibre. (7)1: 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bcdf.2015.11.001.
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