Benefits Made from freeze-dried activated mushroom mycelium Promotes mental clarity, focus, and memory* Provides cerebral and nervous system supp...View full details
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Frequently Asked Questions About Host Defense Products
Host Defense offers several delivery method options to best match your lifestyle needs. When considering the differences between liquid extracts and capsules, we believe that one is not better than the other; it is a matter of personal preference. Daily serving suggestions are basically equivalent; 2 capsules or 1 gram per day or 2mL at 1 ml twice per day.
While our dietary supplements’ suggested intakes are based on healthy adults, many customers also use a much wider range of amounts based on body weight and practitioner’s instruction. Tolerances may vary. With emerging research on mushrooms and their health benefits, our formulation team; comprised of health practitioners, educators, researchers and the one and only Paul Stamets, have decided to make the powders’ serving size more flexible to meet the needs of our diverse customer base. The suggested serving sizes on the MycoBotanicals Powdered formulas are 1 level teaspoon 1 to 2 x per day and the Host Defense Mushroom powders are ½ teaspoon 1 to 3 x per day.
Host Defense® Extracts are formed from organic mushroom mycelium and fruitbodies that undergo Paul Stamets’ comprehensive double and triple extraction methods. Our extracts provide rapid absorption and flexibility of use. Due to their convenient size, they fit nicely in a pocket or purse and can be taken on the go. Please note that our liquid extracts do contain 30-40% alcohol, which plays a key role in extracting valuable nutrients from the mushroom mycelium and fruitbodies.
Host Defense® Capsules are made with heat-treated and freeze-dried mushroom mycelium powder. The mycelium is harvested at the peak of growth, when the organism is producing the greatest number of compounds and for many species, forming primordia (baby fruitbodies). Maitake and MyCommunity capsules also include mature fruitbodies! The powders are encased in a plant-based pullulan capsule.
Host Defense® Powders are made with the same heat treated and freeze-dried mushroom mycelium powder that is in our capsules. Powdered products were created for the convenience of our busy customers. They are both palatable and great for anyone who prefers powders to capsules, and can be added to smoothies, drinks, sprinkled on oatmeal or even added at the end of a cook, to thicken and enrich soups, stews or other foods.
We believe all of the nutrients and myriad compounds within the entire fungal organism are beneficial to the immune system, and necessary for a whole foods approach to health. A chief goal with our products is to keep the mushroom's natural chemical architecture intact. Therefore, we don't isolate or concentrate any particular compounds in our powdered products.
Host Defense® MycoBotanicals Teas include a blend of mushroom mycelium, fruitbodies and extracts from mushrooms. Extra flavor, aroma and health support come from the variety of herbs in each tea blend.*
All of our supplements are vegan, gluten free, certified organic and non-GMO! Host Defense products naturally engage immune cells, such as macrophages and natural killer cells to support your immune system, your first line of defense!*
- HOT WATER
Certified organic fruitbodies of Reishi, Maitake, Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mane and Shiitake are hot-water extracted to draw out polysaccharides like beta-glucans, glycoproteins, and other high-molecular weight compounds.
Mushroom mycelium and fruitbodies are extracted with certified organic ethanol, providing terpenes, triterpenoids, inositols, ergosterols, sterols and flavonoids.
- COLD WATER
Filtered water is used to extract extracellular metabolites from the living mushroom mycelium within the temperature range at which the fungi’s immune systems are most active.
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The Host Defense® BlenderBottle® is a convenient way to mix powders into your favorite beverage. Durable and impact-resistant Made of BPA-free pol...View full details