Hot Water Extract vs. Alcohol Extract
Our most frequently asked question regards hot water extract vs. alcohol extract. One well-known Japanese reishi brand as well as one increasingly popular American brand both claim that only hot water extracts are effective and alcohol extracts are useless because - they say - the important health promoting compounds of reishi are the polysaccharide compounds, which must be hot water extracted. This is an oversimplification to the extent that it is actually misleading. Let us set the facts straight:
Paul Stamets', producer of the Fungi Perfecti brand that we offer, is known as the leading health mushroom expert in the U.S. He has spent decades honing his extraction methods to perfection. He currently uses a triad of extraction methods to pull all active compounds out of his organically grown health supporting mushrooms:
Each extraction method pulls out different compounds, all of which have been proven by scientific research to be therapeutically important. So in other words, when using Paul Stamets' Fungi Perfecti brand of reishi, you reap the benefit of everything that reishi has to offer, including hot water extracted polysaccharides. On the other hand, if you use the Japanese or American brands of only hot water extracted reishi, you get only the water soluble polysaccharides. You do not get the alcohol soluble anti-inflammatory compounds nor the fermentation extracted arabinoxylanes.
Select mushroom extracts by Stamets have been tested by the CDC and U.S. army labs. With thousands of products tested they were, as an example, found to be among only a handful effective against biological war-fare agents such as smallpox related viruses and anthrax. The reishi extract of Paul Stamets is likewise as potent as any modern knowledge and technology is able to create.
(*Triterpenoids are a family of compounds. The many benefits of triterpenoids include liver support and detoxification, anti-inflammation (allergies, arthritis, asthma), balancing blood pressure, cholesterol and blood clotting. With the brands of Reishi that are are only hot water extracted, you will miss out on these important benefits of reishi.)
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