Frequently Asked Questions

Why mushrooms?

Oh, Mushroom!  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  (Apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning!) 

Here are a few reasons we have chosen mushrooms as our business and passion: 

  • They Are Delicious! Mushrooms are a good source of umami, the fifth taste (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter).  Umami is a soul-satisfying, meaty, broth-like flavor.  Because of this, mushrooms add depth to a meal whether in a pasta or risotto, to complement meat, or as a stand-alone side dish.  And for those whose diets are plant-based, they can provide the savory flavor foods in the plant world cannot duplicate.  There are many delicious varieties, but to get you started we recommend porcini, oysters, lion’s mane, morels, chanterelles, and shiitake.
  • They Give Your Immune System a Boost. Mushrooms contain three important elements known for their positive effect on the immune system. 
    • Beta-glucan protects against colds, the flu, and other viruses.
    • Selenium can boost the body’s production of T-cells, one of the primary factors controlling and shaping our body’s immune response.
    • Lentinan, found particularly in shiitake, portobello, oyster and reishi mushrooms, stimulates the activity of cells essential to the immune system.
  • They Are a Source of Antioxidants. Edible mushrooms contain at least 10 times the level of ergothioneine than any other food source and are the leading dietary source of glutathione.  Both are essential for mitigating oxidative stress, the main culprit in causing the diseases of aging such as cancer, heart disease and dementia. 
  • They Support Heart Health. The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C in work together to regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
  • They Can Decrease the Risk of Cancer. The immune boosting compounds in mushrooms are known to fight cancer cells and prevent tumors from forming. Studies have shown that eating mushrooms on a regular basis can decrease the risk of several cancers, including breast, stomach, bladder, and colon cancers.
  • They Are High in Fiber. The high fiber content of mushrooms helps improve:
    • Blood sugar levels in diabetics, aided by their natural insulin and enzymes.
    • Digestion and flush toxins out of the body.
    • Weight management by helping the body feel satiated longer, resulting in less appetite.
  • They Can Give You Energy and Speed Up the Metabolism. Mushrooms are a great source of B vitamins, such as riboflavin (B2), folate (B9), thiamine (B1), pantothenic acid (B5), and niacin (B3).  They help the body turn food into fuel and produce red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. They also help the body metabolize fats and proteins.
  • They Are a Plant-Based Source of Vitamin D. Mushrooms are the only natural source of Vitamin D that does not come from animals.  By eating just 3 ounces of UVB-exposed mushrooms (look for this on packaging), you've met your daily vitamin D requirement and given your bone health a boost.  And by the way, the Vitamin D content is retained when cooked!

In addition to the gourmet and health reasons to love mushrooms, we believe that technologies developed using mushrooms and mycelium can bring significant benefits to the planet.  Mycelium is the underground root system, the vegetative body, for fungi that produce mushrooms.  Mushrooms and have been shown to clean up oil spills, absorb farm pollution, provide a natural insecticide, improve the health of farm soil and old-growth forests, and create a sustainable source of fuel, packaging and clothing.

 

Can you back up those scientific claims?

Mushrooms have been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years to treat everything from asthma to impotence.  Only in the past twenty years or so, however, have scientific researchers begun to study their effects on health and the mechanisms by which mushrooms may influence health. 

So, yes, there is an extensive body of research, and it has shown that mushrooms and the compounds and nutrients contained within mushrooms can have a positive effect on a broad range of health conditions.  That said, from a scientific perspective, the research is still developing and more clinical trials must be completed, particularly on humans, before mushrooms or products made from mushrooms can claim to cure, treat or prevent disease. 

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does permit us to say that mushrooms have antioxidant properties, support the immune system, and strengthen various aspects of general health like those we have listed above. 

To learn more, click HERE  for a selected list of research studies.  We will update it regularly to help you stay informed.  

 

I don’t notice a change after taking the supplements.  Are they working? 

Mushrooms supplements are like most supplements in that the benefits are obtained through consistent use over time.

The medicinal properties of mushrooms fall into the category of adaptogens.  Adaptogens aid our bodies in reacting to or recovering from both short- and long-term physical or mental stress. Some also boost immunity and overall well-being. Research shows adaptogens can combat fatigue, enhance mental performance, ease depression and anxiety, and help you thrive.

Adaptogens are non-toxic plants, such as herbs, roots, and mushrooms, that have been used, often for centuries, as part of health traditions and healing. Some can be eaten as part of a meal and some are consumed as supplements or brewed into tea.  Adaptogens have grown in popularity significantly over recent years, and not just in fringe corners of the wellness world, but in more mainstream medicine and health circles as well.  And as outlined above, the body of research exploring their effects is growing and finding increasing evidence of their positive effects. 

Mushrooms, like all adaptogens (as well as over-the-counter vitamins and minerals), are not necessarily something you will “feel” like caffeine or aspirin.  Some people do say they “feel” their effects, but it is uncommon.  More likely, you will experience changes over the longer term and in conjunction with other changes you are making to support your health and wellness.

Much like eating more vegetables, exercising, or drinking more water, mushrooms and mushroom supplements can be part of your ongoing plan to improve and sustain your health.

 

Where are your products made?

Ascend10 is made in the U.S.A.  Our Merch (e.g., t-shirts) are made in the U.S.A. and Canada.

 

Do you accept returns?

Check out our Returns Policy (here).

 

Where do you ship from?

We ship from the U.S.A. and Canada.

 

Where do you ship to?

We are happy to ship anywhere in the world!  Within the United States, we use the United States Postal Service.  Internationally, we use DHL.

 

Can I carry your products in my store?

Yes!  For more information about the pricing and process, contact us at info@sporeganic.com or call 877-5-SPRGNC (877-577-7462).

 

What are subscriptions?

Subscriptions make sure you never run out of your favorite Sporeganic products. All subscribers get 15% off the regular price and another 10% if you choose to pay an annual subscription fee upfront. You can add, edit, modify, cancel, skip your subscriptions at any time.

Choose the Subscription option (e.g., monthly, twice per month, etc.) when adding your order to the cart.

Once you complete the checkout, you will receive an email to complete the creation of our Real Mushrooms account where you will be able to access all your subscriptions details.

 

Do you know any mushroom jokes?

A mushroom walks into a bar and orders a drink.  The bartender says, “We don’t serve your kind here.”  The mushroom flashes a smile and says, “Why?  I’m a fun-guy.”

 

A mushroom went into a bar and saw some algae at a table. He went up to one and said, "You're lookin' all gal to me." She looked him over and said, "And you look like a fun guy." and they took a liken to each other.

 

Why was the mushroom farmer a good person?

He had really good morels.

 

While vacationing in France I saw a group of mushrooms performing Queen covers.

I said, “You're brilliant, what's the band called?”

They replied, “We Are The Champignons, My Friend”