Where Do Our Superfoods Come From?
- Do you ever struggle choosing which health foods to buy?
- Have you ever wondered what the difference is between supplement brand A and brand B?
- Are you worried about the true purity of even your organic products?
If you’re like me, you want to fuel your body only with the best possible things.
Healthy living is an investment in your best self, and you want to make the best possible investment. You can’t buy poor-quality superfoods and and expect top-quality performance...
And yet, everyday, people find themselves in situations like the one below:
While shopping for groceries, you find yourself browsing different health brands. You notice all are making different claims to improve wellbeing.
How do you know which products are the real deal and which ones are pretty packaging?
The options feel as endless as the questions running through your mind:
- Are these ingredients trustworthy?
- Where are they sourced?
- What kind of testing are they doing? Are they testing at all?
These questions are crucial to ask when shopping for new superfoods or supplements.
Think of it like strawberries, which have topped the “Dirty Dozen” list for years. Place an organic strawberry next to one raised with pesticides – they look the same, right? They’re red, juicy, topped with green. But it’s what’s happening on a cellular level that matters. One is more strawberry than the other, with a deeper flavor and more of the benefits we’ve come to expect.
And like those strawberries, not all mushrooms and adaptogens are equal.
So how do you tell which is which? The label, of course… but who’s to say a switch isn’t mistakenly made during processing?
This is where Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) come in. GMP are rules enforced by the FDA that cover all aspects of production, including:
- The materials used in production.
- The facilities and equipment in place to process those materials.
- The training and personal hygiene of staff.
We ensure the quality of our ingredients is second to none. We do this by documenting and following a set of procedures during every step of the process.
But for us, simply following GMP and making Certified Organic products is not enough. Besides required lab testing, we do even more. We work with certified independent labs to make sure our products are extra safe.
How do we do this?
- Dedicated sourcing and finding the best partners with proper certifications.
- Obtaining certificates and well maintained records from those partners.
- Potency testings (beta-glucans, triterpenes, adenosine, cordycepin, betulinic acid etc.) and allergen testing.
- Analyzing the taste, smell and appearance of the raw materials. We call this organoleptic and macroscopic analysis.
- Constant lab testing.
Of course, it would be easy for anyone to tell you they’re doing the work, so we put our mushrooms where our mouths are (yum!) and make our testing results available for anyone who’d like to take a look.
But that’s not the full piece of the pie. To ensure the end result is top-notch, we have to start at the source.
In fact, “Where are your mushrooms/ingredients sourced?” is one of the most common questions our customer support team receives on a regular basis. (It surprises me when people don’t ask this question, actually).
Some people react strongly when they hear that some of our mushrooms are grown in China. But for most mushroom species, those are the people you want growing them – the experts.
Because you wouldn’t buy those organic strawberries from an olive farm, would you? You’d want strawberries that had been grown in the best possible conditions. By expert strawberry farmers.
This is why we work as hard as possible to bring you ingredients sourced from their native lands. Produced by the people, cultures and environments that know them best.
- Log-grown mushrooms and adaptogens sourced from farms in rural China. China boasts over 2,000 years of experience extracting mushrooms.
- Sourcing spices and other adaptogens from India. India is home to one of the oldest-known systems of medicine in the world – Ayurveda.
- Arabica coffee beans sourced in Central and South America. This is where some of the world’s best-tasting coffee thrives thanks to a biodiverse climate.
When it comes to your mushroom products, we want to make choosing the best easy for you.
This is why we've launched a brand new Sourcing Map to show you where our specific ingredients come from. You can learn even more in our Quality Manual or email us anytime to request specific test results.