Frequently Asked Questions
Dr Noel is here to answer all you need to know about medicinal mushrooms. Below are some commonly asked questions, to help make the best choice for you.
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Why are mushrooms often called a ‘superfood’?
Mushrooms are often referred to as a ‘superfood’ because they are one of the world’s richest natural sources of polysaccharides, more specifically beta-glucans, which have been shown to possess a multitude of adaptogenic qualities that support immunity, wellbeing and healthy cell growth.
What is an adaptogen?
As the name suggests, adaptogens help the body to adapt, protect and restore its innate immunity and health. Biological, environmental, emotional and physical stressors in life can overwhelm the body’s ability to cope, causing poor health and even illness. Adaptogens act as biological response modifiers (BRMs) that restore balance and normal metabolic processes by modulating the release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands.
Mushrooms are naturally rich, adaptogenic plant-based foods that have been popularly used for thousands of years in many traditional medicines, such as Ayurvedic and Chinese healing traditions. Today, adaptogens are also popular in Western holistic communities and in modern medicine as a way to boost immune health.
What is the difference between polysaccharides and beta-glucans?
Polysaccharides are a class of carbohydrates, including starch, malt dextrin, chitin, glycogen and cellulose. Polysaccharides come in different structures, dependant on the substance, with some consisting of alpha-glucans and some consist of beta-glucans. The polysaccharides from mushrooms mainly consist of beta-glucans which are a highly active compound with medicinal functions.
Why is organic important?
All Dr Noel’s medicinal mushroom powders are ‘certified organic,’ which means they meet the top organic standards around the world, assuring you of the quality of our ingredients and sustainable production. They are guaranteed to be free from heavy metal, synthetic fertilizers, hormones, genetic modification, pesticides, binders, fillers, additives, or artificial ingredients, so you know exactly what you are consuming as a naturally rich and pure nutrient source.
Unlike convention farming which relies on chemical intervention to fights pests and weeds and to improve plant nutrition, organic farming relies on natural principles like biodiversity and composting to produce healthy food. Organic farming is recognized as the most effective approach for agricultural sustainability and food safety.
What part of the mushroom is best to consume? What do I look for on labels?
As mushroom farmers and microbiologists we can confirm the whole fruiting body is the most beneficial part of the mushroom to consume since it contains the vast majority of polysaccharides and beta-glucans.
1. Look for products like ours that are 100% pure fruiting body, with no fillers, additives, colours or preservatives, grown on natural organic waste materials. This is the way organic mushrooms have traditionally been grown and consumed throughout the ages, wildcrafted from the forests.
2. Look for how your powders are grown. Mushrooms rich in nutrients must be grown on the right substrate and ideally this consists of traditional native timbers such as Beech, organic rice powder, rice grain and hardwood chips, or sawdust, dependant on the species. Some mushroom supplements are made by simply grinding up mushroom mycelium that has been grown on brown rice. The final product of mycelium on grain contains a non-significant quantity of the beneficial compounds. Avoid these products.
3. The extraction process is also important. Milling at a low temperature is best as it means the in-soluble chitin fibre in the mushroom can effectively be broken down to ensure the valuable polysaccharides and beta-glucans, can be easily absorbed by the body. Hot water extraction is the most traditionally accepted way to extract the polysaccharides, including beta-glucans. These beta-glucans are the compounds responsible for the mushrooms immune boosting benefits.
What’s the difference between organically cultivated and wild grown mushrooms?
Organically cultivated mushrooms are ethically and sustainably grown and harvested in greenhouses, in their native habitat. Wild grown mushrooms are those sourced and harvested from their natural forest environment. These days only Chaga and Turkey Tail grow wild in the forest.
Our Chaga and Turkey Tail mushrooms are wild grown and ethically harvested from the Heilongjiang forest and Daxing’anling mountains.
Our Maitake, Shiitake, Reishi and Lion’s Mane are ethically cultivated in certified organic, reputable Di-Tao growing farms in their native Fujian and Zhejiang province. They are far from any cities and urban pollution. The mushrooms are cultivated in special sheltered greenhouses and grown on sterilised sawdust from traditional native timbers such as Beech, organic rice powder, rice grain and hardwood chips. At maturity the mushrooms are harvested by hand and sent to the laboratory for testing, drying and milling to powder.
What’s the difference between the powders and simply eating mushrooms whole?
We love fresh mushrooms and encourage you to enjoy them in every way possible as a powerful superfood. Our powders offer a potent, easy way to enjoy all the benefits of medicinal mushrooms when you’re on the go. Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder have a long shelf life (60 days once opened) and are 100% water soluble which means they can be simply added to your favourite hot or cold meal, or drink to increase overall well-being.
Since our powders are concentrated, made from pure, fruiting body, which is the most nutrient rich part of the mushroom, they offer significantly more health benefits then eating mushrooms in their raw form. All the immune boosting compounds in medicinal mushrooms are released through the extraction process which means our powders are highly effective and easily absorbed by the body.
What organic certifications do your powders have?
Certification ensures compliance with national production standards and reflects the traceability of our powders to their origin. It offers peace of mind, knowing exactly how our products are made. Our powders have the below internationally recognised certifications:
· USDA Organic – The United States Department of Agriculture organic certification
· EU Organic - the European Union Organic certification body
· Kosher Check – Kosher foods certified (for your information: http://www.koshercheck.org/learn/kosher-101 )
· FSSC 22000 - Food safety System 22000 certificate
· HACCP Certified – Hazard Analysis Critical Control point system certification
What does HACCP certified mean?
HACCP certification is internationally recognised as the best certification to ensure products meet effective control of food safety. This certification gives peace of mind that our products are produced with top quality controls in place and that we have undertaken a full food safety audit by expert, independent assessors.
What does FSSC 22000 certified mean?
FSSC 22000 is a company-level certification developed by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification in the USA. It recognised the supply of safe food production and conducts annual audits to ensure full compliance to world standards.
Are Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powders Australian Certified Organic (ACO)?
Our products fully meet ACO requirements and are currently in the process of being certified. Watch this space, it’s coming soon!
Do all Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder products come from China?
Yes. Medicinal mushrooms have been traditionally grown wild in China for thousands of years and this is their native environment where they flourish best. China’s weather and pristine regional mountainous terrain are ideally suited growing conditions for organic mushrooms.
Of the seven mushroom species that are renowned for their potent health benefits, only Shiitake and Turkey Tail are permitted to be grown in Australia under the current Australian Plant Quarantine Regulations. The other five species, Maitake, Reishi, Cordyceps, Chaga and Lion's Mane are illegal to cultivate in Australia. There is a lot of mis-information currently about these mushrooms. Beware of product claims for Australian grown Lion’s Mane, Maitake and Reishi which are banned here. For your information: Mushroom spawn and/or cultures for propagation (permitted and non-permitted species)
Why is Australian grown Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, Maitake and Reishi powders availabe, if they are illegal to cultivate in Australia?
Good question! There are related species of Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor), Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) and Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) that do grow in Australian forests, but there is NO scientific evidence at all that these related species possess the same potent health benefits of the authentic Turkey Tail, Lion's Mane and Reishi mushrooms grown in China. There is a lot of mis-information currently about these mushrooms and we want you to know exactly what you are consuming.
Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powders take our products very seriously and are committed to producing and making available to you the best quality mushroom powders in the world.
What quality control measures do you have in place to ensure the best quality mushroom powders?
Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder do not use any additives or fillers, so you get the only the purest product and nothing else. They are rigorously and independently tested to check for heavy metals, microbes and pesticides, as per international organic standards.
It’s our commitment to you that Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder are from the cleanest and most natural sources in the world and are guaranteed safe to consume.
If you’d like a copy of our independent quality reports and certifications, so you can see for yourself just how clean our powders are, we’d love to show you. Simply drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do you use cropping houses to grow some of your mushrooms?
We use cropping houses to grow some species of our organic mushrooms because it allows us to carefully cultivate and control the quality, as well as provide consistency from batch to batch in nature-identical conditions. A cropping house is similar to a sheltered greenhouse, providing protection from natural elements such as wind and rain. We grow and harvest our mushrooms with great care to ensure a superior uptake of nutrients. These controlled environments mimic the mushrooms natural conditions, ensuring they have a similar nutrient profile to wild mushrooms.
Why is it important to have standardised mushroom powders?
We want you to know exactly what you are consuming. Standardizing Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder means we maintain quality control in the cultivation, harvesting, drying and packing process to ensure our mushroom powders are a premium consistency with every single batch.
We guarantee all of Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder have been rigorously tested to deliver exactly what they promise on the label, including accurate percentages of polysaccharides and beta-glucans.
How are Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder made?
All the bioactive components in medicinal mushrooms are locked up in the cells of the mushroom. The cell walls are composed of chitin which is the compound that makes up the exoskeleton of crabs, prawns and lobsters. As humans, we do not have the ability to break down this chitin ourselves, so we have to heat it, by boiling the mushrooms in water, steam sterilising them, grilling them, or brewing them to make tea. Other methods include extraction with alcohol, or dual extraction, a combination of hot water and alcohol extraction. All these methods extract the polysaccharides, including beta-glucans, from the mushrooms.
Our mushroom powders are made from the whole fruiting body of the mushroom which contains the vast majority of the beta-glucans. In our process the whole mushroom is dried, screened, granulated, milled and steam sterilised at a minimum of 110 degrees Celsius for forty minutes. The resulting powder is then screened again and packaged.
Rigorous testing protocols are undertaken at each stage in the preparation our powders to test for:
· Heavy metals
· Pesticide residues
· Microbal contamination
In addition, each batch of mushrooms used to make our mushroom powders must have a minimum level of beta-glucans in the final product. Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder are made from whole fruiting bodies grown organically with standardised processes for growing, harvesting, drying and packaging, producing a consistent product.
Why are some of Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powders different gram weights?
We don’t believe in additives or fillers and since some mushroom species have different densities to others, our bottles when full, have different weights. Dr Noel’s Reishi, Shiitake, Lion’sMane, Turkey Tail, Maitake and Mushroom Blend are weighted at 80g, while our Chaga is weighted at 60g and the Cordyceps at 100g.
Chaga is naturally the lightest mushroom species, forming a loose texture when milled and Cordyceps is the heaviest, resulting in a firm dense powder. Both are equally as potent, despite their different weights, so you can enjoy the same serving amount for maximum health benefits!
Why are your bioactive ingredient percentages higher than many other powder brands?
We offer a high-quality concentrated powder, packed with bioactive immune boosting compounds. Since our mushrooms are grown on organic farms that we own, it enables us to control the growth process and ensure they are harvested at the optimum time to maximise nutrient uptake. We rigorously test and manage the quality control to bring you a consistently high potency range of powders.
How many active ingredients are there in your powders?
The range of active compounds in Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder varies, dependant on the mushroom species. Our powders contain the maximum amount of polysaccharides and beta-glucans and we guarantee the concentration ratios. Below is a summary, the higher the phyto-nutrients the better they are for you:
Are Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder made from mycelium or grain?
No. Our powders are made from 100% pure mushroom fruiting bodies without any fillers or additives, just as it has been done traditionally for centuries. There’s no residual grains, starch, mycelium, or fillers contained in our powders.
Some mushroom supplements are made by simply grinding up mushroom mycelium that has been grown on brown rice. Avoid these, since the final product of mycelium on grain contains very little beneficial compounds for your health.
If I’m allergic to mushrooms is it safe to consume Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder?
If you are allergic to mushrooms don’t consume our powders as they are 100% pure mushroom fruiting body. Always talk to your doctor or health professional if you are concerned.
What health benefits am I getting from Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powders?
As mushroom microbiologists we bring over 50 years of expertise on the cultivation of mushrooms and take great pride in producing the highest quality concentrated mushroom powders available. Every mushroom species offers different health and wellness benefits. To find out more look on our products page, or there are multiple research sources you can use to find out more. Here’s are few we recommend:
Are your products safe to be consumed by children?
Our products are 100% natural and contain nothing artificial. However always check with your healthcare professional before introducing new foods to your children.
Can I take Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powders if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
When pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s always important to first check with your healthcare professional before introducing any new foods to your daily routine. Please know our products are all 100% natural, quality sourced and do not contain anything artificial.
Can I take your products when I'm using prescription medications?
Always check with your healthcare professional first as even though our products are 100% natural, it may be dependent on the kind of medication you are taking.
Can I mix powders?
Absolutely, you can mix and match any of your powders together for potent results and to suit your daily needs. You can also take them multiple times daily (maximum 9 servings total) to give your body an extra boost. Check-out our bundle offers as ideal powder combinations to achieve beauty, anti-ageing, immunity, energy, memory and focus. Be sure to check with your doctor first about a change to your diet, if you do have any pre-existing conditions or concerns.
What is the best way to take my powders?
Take your powders in the way that suits your lifestyle best. They can be mixed with hot water, coffee, tea, added to a smoothie or shake, or sprinkled into your favourite hot cooked meal.
Is there a best time of day to take my powders?
It depends on how you are feeling and your needs at the time, so be sure to find out for yourself what works for you. Some people like to start their day with Lion's Mane, Chaga, Maitake and Cordyceps mushroom powder to increase energy, focus and performance. Then at night when you want to relax and sleep well, take the Reishi powder and Turkey Tail for gut health and calm the mind. Shiitake is perfect to have anytime during the day. Our powders are designed to support a balanced healthy diet consisting of real, whole foods, providing your body with everything it needs for optimum wellness.
We particularly recommend taking our mushroom blend product in the morning and on an empty stomach to help the detox process and to give you an energy boost for the entire day!
When will I know if my powders are working?
The important thing to remember with medicinal mushrooms is that they are adaptogens which work over long periods of time. The optimum health benefits of medicinal mushrooms are obtained through prolonged use. Some people feel instantaneous results and for others it’s a cumulative effect to fortify their immune system. We recommend consuming our products regularly for at least 1 – 3 months for best health.
Can I add Dr Noel’s Powders to hot liquids or will it kill the active compounds?
Yes, you can add our powders to any of your favourite hot drinks and meals. This won’t in any way reduce the efficacy of our powders.
How should I store my powders?
Our products are shelf stable at room temperature, stored in a cool, dry place. If you don’t use them regularly, once opened we suggested you refrigerate your powders to increase longevity.
Are your powders suitable for vegetarians and vegan diets?
Yes, our powders are vegetarian and vegan friendly as a 100% natural, plant-based product.
Do your products contain gluten or dairy?
None of our products contain gluten or dairy. We are very passionate about creating products that are allergen free.
Can I still fast when using your powders?
The small amount of powders you are using won’t break your fast. The tremendous health boosts your body is getting, far outweighs the nominal calories consumed at 5-10gm per day.
How many calories are there in your powders?
While our powders are classified as food, their calorie ratio is very low. There are 3-4 calories in a serving of 1 gram or 1000mg.
What is the nutritional breakdown of mushrooms and Dr Noel’s Mushroom Powder?
Generally speaking, mushrooms are roughly 25% protein, 58% carbohydrates and 3% fat. The rest is vitamins and minerals.
While each of our powders have different nutritional benefits, we guarantee the concentration of polysaccharides and beta-glucans, as detailed on our products page. Most feature a polysaccharides ratio ≥ 15% and beta-glucans ≥ 10%.