FAQs About Eversio Wellness Mushroom Supplement Products
Discover Everything You Need to Know About Our Mushroom Supplements in Our FAQS!
Shipping & Account Information
Where do you ship from?
All mushroom supplement orders are shipped from Surrey, BC, Canada.
Where do you ship to?
We ship all mushroom supplements to Canada and the USA.
How do I create an Eversio shopping account?
Follow this LINK - if you've already made a purchase but have not set up your account - click on "Sign Up" and use the email you made a purchase with to get your activation link.
How do I change / modify my subscription order?
1. Log into your Eversio Wellness Account
2. Select “Manage Subscriptions” on the top left of page
3. Here you can change your delivery schedule, card on file, and addresses, and you can even "skip a month" if you're not running low on mushroom supplements just yet!
While in your account you can also review your past purchase history.
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How to Use
I just got my mushrooms! How do I use them?
We are so excited you're starting your mushrooms for wellness journey! We have mushroom supplements for mental clarity, mushrooms for energy, and many others to help you start your day right and have restful evening.
We love to STACK (take more than one type of mushroom at a time) and highly recommend it! It's completely safe, not to mention highly effective. However, if you're new to mushroom nutrition, it's best to introduce one product at a time as they each have different bioactive compounds that affect everyone differently.
We start the morning with 1/2 tsp of either Awaken Blend or Rejuvenate Blend in our daily smoothie. Then take capsules of whatever the moment might call for mid day (energy from cordyceps, focus from lion's mane, defense from turkey tail), and we might end the day with CHILL Now capsules in the evening or 30-60 minutes before bed for optimal relaxation + sleep quality.
Remember to take your mushrooms with food to avoid any tummy trouble.
Check out great recipes using our BALANCE Blend in our Mushroom Recipes Blog.
When should I take my mushrooms?
Suggestions from our Holistic Nutritionists are as follows:
CORDYCEPS - morning and/or early afternoon
TURKEY TAIL - morning and/or early afternoon
LION'S MANE - afternoon and/or early evening
REISHI - evening
SHIITAKE, MAITAKE, CHAGA, TREMELLA - can be taken anytime
How frequently should I take my mushrooms?
Functional mushroom extracts work best with prolonged use. Including them in drinks or recipes or taking capsules each day will help to deliver optimal results. We like to change up which mushrooms we take depending on personal needs, and often we stack a few together.
In general, every day is a good day for adding mushroom supplements to your wellness routine!
Should I take my supplements with food or on an empty stomach?
It is Health Canada’s recommendation that all mushroom supplements and extracts be consumed WITH FOOD to avoid digestive upset. Most of our customers have reported that they can take their mushroom supplement anytime without any trouble, but it’s quite common for people who are new to using high-potency mushroom extracts to experience some digestive irregularity for a day or two when beginning a new routine. It is best to discontinue use if an upset stomach occurs for more than 48 hours. Always consult your health care practitioner for the best advice in your specific situation.
What are functional mushrooms?
Functional mushrooms, also referred to as medicinal mushrooms, are superfoods that have been used in various forms of Herbal Medicine around the world for thousands of years. They are not psychedelics and they won't get you high. Over the past 10 years, medicinal mushrooms have been the subject of substantial laboratory and clinical research. These studies have revealed many promising ways to include mushroom extracts and supplements in our wellness routines.
Mushroom supplements’ popularity has grown because of the way their activity in the human body targets the physiological dysfunctions that are the root causes of disease.
These are SMART mushrooms!
What does “fruiting body only” mean?
We hope you weren't looking for a short answer. Time for some education! We are proud to tell you that our mushroom extracts and supplements come from the fruiting body only, and here’s why:
In order to speed up the growing process and keep costs manageable in a difficult marketplace, many commercial mushroom producers grow their products indoors on grain. When their mushrooms reach maturity, it isn't possible to separate the mycelium (root system) from the grain substrate on which it was grown.
However, it IS possible to remove the fruiting bodies themselves from both the grain substrate and the mycelium (we know this because we grow functional mushrooms in our homeschool classroom this way as part of our science curriculum - lots of fun - really fast and easy - lots of learning - highly recommend it for kids).
When we grow our own mushrooms at home, we harvest the fruiting bodies and enjoy them with dinner, but we have never eaten the grain substrate or mycelium on which they grew. That part goes into the compost bin at our house.
Here's what troubles us - instead of harvesting only the fruiting bodies, which contain the highest concentrations of beneficial bioactive compounds, some producers take the whole mass of grain, mycelium, and mushrooms and grind it all up together and then call it mushroom extract. The truth is it's actually more grain and root system than mushroom. There are mushrooms in it, but these are not pure mushroom extract products.
Of course, the grains and mycelium do have nutritional value and may have a place in holistic nutrition - but they lack the high percentages of beneficial bioactive compounds, like Beta-D-glucans, that most consumers are looking for when they seek out the medicinal benefits of medicinal mushrooms. This is why you won't find any bioactive compound percentages or extraction ratios listed on the mushroom supplement products made from mycelium on grain.
Our pharmaceutical science and natural health practitioner team agree that high quality medicinal mushroom products have no grain or other growing substrate included.
Other producers grow their mushrooms this way because it’s a quick, easy and inexpensive way to mimic what happens when mushrooms grow in nature where it takes up to an entire year for each mushroom to reach its mature fruiting body stage. We totally respect that. But, why do they not make their products from the fruiting bodies only if they want to sell them as medicinal mushrooms?
Perhaps the answer is to establish two different markets in this space so that consumers who care (like those of you who have read this far - well done!) can make an educated choice about whether they want to buy a nutrition supplement with the benefits of mycelium on grain, or a potent medicinal mushroom supplement made from fruiting bodies only.
In the end, it all comes down to cost. Whole fruiting body extracts are understandably much more expensive to produce. The cost to consumers for these two types of products cannot be compared for good reason - it would be like comparing Timex to Rolex. Quality always speaks for itself.
We proudly source our medicinal mushrooms from deep mountainous regions around the world, far away from industrial cities, where they grow in their natural habitat, with lots of fresh air, the way Mother Nature intended. Mushrooms in nature breathe oxygen and gather nutrients from the ecosystem of living things in the ground around them. Mother Nature doesn't get it wrong when she builds a mushroom - and that's why our mushroom extracts have substantial percentages of verified bioactive compounds in them.
Mushroom extracts have been an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, so the research, cultivation, and extraction facilities across Europe and Asia are light years ahead of any producer in Canada or the United States. Sourcing our mushrooms from the most advanced and sustainable cultivation areas on the planet is the only way to ensure we are providing the highest quality, most potent mushroom supplement products we can.
Our mushrooms come from suppliers with USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher, and EcoCert certifications.
Are your mushrooms organic?
Yes! The mushroom extracts we use in all of our mushroom supplements are grown outdoors on organic certified farms and come to us with USDA Organic Certifications.
We also use USDA Organic Certified vegan capsules!
Are your mushrooms gluten-free?
Absolutely! They are 100% gluten free. They are just mushrooms! They contain no grains, mycelium, or fillers and have not been processed in facilities with gluten containing products.
Do your products contain any grains or mycelium?
No! Our mushroom supplements and powdered blends are made from whole fruiting body functional mushrooms that are cultivated on organic certified farms. When they mature, our mushrooms are removed from all mycelium and growing substrates (logs) that have nourished them through their growing cycle, then they’re sent to an extraction facility. No grains are used in the cultivating, processing, or encapsulating of our products.
What are extraction ratios and why do they matter? (8:1 - 12:1 - 15:1)
The extraction ratio of each medicinal mushroom extract identifies how much dried mushroom was used to create the serving you receive.
For instance, our 15:1 extracts are produced by starting with 15 kg of dried mushroom fruiting bodies. A hot water and/or alcohol extraction method is used to release the bioactive compounds and remove any unwanted contaminants. This decoction is then spray dried down to 1 kg of a potent mushroom extract with all of the beneficial compounds from the original 15 kg of dried mushrooms.
We do this because of the realistic convenience of taking 1g of extract instead of having to take 15g for the same benefit.
Companies that don’t list extraction ratios or percentages of bioactive compounds (such as Beta-D-glucans) are likely selling 1:1 products and you would need to consume a lot of them to get the same benefits as high extraction ratio products.
Is the quality or potency of functional mushroom extracts affected when they are heated?
Absolutely not! All of the mushroom extracts we use in our mushroom supplement products have already been through a hot water or hot water and alcohol extraction process that ensures and maximizes the bioavailability of beneficial compounds like beta-d glucans for immune system support, triterpenoids as antioxidants, and cordycepin as an anti-inflammatory. Additional heating does not reduce their potency or effectiveness.
What’s an adaptogen?
Adaptogens are naturally occurring substances that protect the body from stress by stabilizing and optimizing its physiological functions. Rather than serving a single targeted purpose, they adapt their healing properties to whatever your body needs at a given time in order to restore you to optimal health.
Do you own your own mushroom farm?
We have close relationships with sustainable producers who are very well respected globally. These farms are not owned or operated by Eversio Wellness, but members of our team visit the farms to verify sustainable practices, treatment of workers, and quality assurance standards and are treated like family when they do.
Our producers have USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher, and EcoCert certifications, and are committed to the development of scientific research into innovative extraction and testing technologies.
Our mushroom extracts are rigorously third-party lab tested by SGS Vancouver to verify bioactive compounds, quality, and safety above and beyond the standard expectations. Once our extracts have passed rigorous local testing, all formulating, blending, encapsulating, packaging, labeling, and shipping are completed in British Columbia, Canada.
Where do your mushrooms come from?
We proudly source our medicinal mushrooms from deep mountainous regions of North East China, far from industrial towns, where they grow in their natural habitat, with plenty of fresh air, the way Mother Nature intended. Mushrooms in nature breathe oxygen and acquire nourishment from the ecosystem of living organisms in the wood they grow on. Mother Nature doesn't get it wrong when she builds a mushroom - and that's why you’ll find substantial percentages of beneficial bioactive compounds, like beta-d-glucans, and secondary metabolites in our products and always listed right on the label.
Sourcing our mushrooms from the most advanced and sustainable cultivation areas on the planet is the only way to ensure we are providing the highest quality, most potent products we can.
Do you sell psilocybin microdose products?
We are happy to share what we know about psilocybin and can direct you
to our sister website www.eversiolabs.com where you can learn about who we are in the psychedelic space.
Essentially, we are a Health Canada licenced, privately owned and operated manufacturer of whole fruiting body psychedelic mushrooms and natural psilocybin. Our Controlled Substances Licence allows us to possess, produce, and deliver psychedelic compounds for purposes of research and development. We are able to provide these products to registered clinical trials and researchers with a Health Canada licence to possess the product.
As psilocybin is still an illegal substance to possess in Canada, there are no commercially available products containing this substance that are legally sold to the general public. Anything you do find for sale online or in a dispensary is an illegal substance that has not been regulated by Health Canada or any other regulatory body, so proceed with caution.
We look forward to being able to provide standardized, nature sourced psilocybin to Canadians in need through Health Canada's Special Access Program (SAP) in the future. You can read more about this at www.eversiolabs.com.
A group that provides guidance to the psychedelic community in Vancouver, BC is www.theflyingsage.ca - we are in no way affiliated with this group, but have heard that they are a good resource for information about this topic.
Is your Reishi wild or cultivated?
Eversio’s Reishi mushrooms are grown on organic farms where cultivation has a few advantages over wild collection. The biggest difference is that cultivated Reishi is highly standardized, meaning that all of the Reishi grown on one farm is virtually identical.
Wild collected Reishi is considered a bit of a “potluck” where the forager goes into a forest and finds Reishi growing on a variety of trees. They may even be different species of Ganoderma, and certainly, they will be different based on the environments in which they grow. Some of the Reishi may be years old and some may be newly fruited. Some may have experienced severe challenges while others may have had gentle lives. The end result is a wide variety, even from one forager in one forest.
Cultivation solves the problem of this random range of mushrooms. The standard method of organic Reishi cultivation is to grow the fruiting bodies on logs. The type of tree that the Reishi naturally prefers is cut into logs in the forest and used to grow the Reishi. These Reishi farms are in the mountains at high altitudes and are established close to where the trees have been cut. We consider this system semi-wild. Our growers are extremely careful about the water source, always assuring that no industry or other polluters are polluting the water that is used in cultivation. Chemicals and pesticides are not used by our growers making the Reishi organic, whether certified or not. All of our products are USDA organic certified.
Reishi grown by this wood log technique is superior to the lab grown, mycelium on grain alternatives on the market because it is natural, potent, clean, and sustainable. The logs are inoculated in a very clean environment, and once the inoculation has been taken, the logs are buried in the mountain soil. Over several months the logs are completely converted to Ganoderma mycelium, the whitish fungal mass. Eventually, the fruiting body (the mushroom stalk and head or cap) emerges and grows to maturity. Like all living things, Reishi is what it eats. If it is grown on a log derived from a very vigorous kind of tree, the potency of the Reishi is greater.
How exactly do you make a mushroom extract?
It’s a multi-step process! First, fresh mushroom fruiting bodies are harvested from their cultivation site and laid out to dry. Once they are dried, the mushrooms are ground into a powder.
Then, the powder is cooked in water and/or alcohol. Water is used to release water soluble compounds and alcohol is introduced to release non-water-soluble compounds in some mushrooms.
This cooking breaks down the cell walls of the mushroom allowing for the extraction of the many beneficial compounds (Beta-D-glucans, cordycepin, and triterpenes to name a few). The mushroom cell walls are made up of chitin (pronounced KITE-IN), and our bodies don’t have the enzymes to break these down properly, so if we just eat fresh mushrooms these active compounds are not as bioavailable to us. Extraction makes these available and easier for our bodies to use. Steeping dried mushrooms in hot water to make a tea can offer similar results and this is how ancient cultures learned to get the highest benefit from their fungi before today’s sophisticated processes were developed.
The resulting liquid from cooking the mushrooms is drained off and concentrated to the desired consistency. If any alcohol is used in the extraction, it is precipitated out (removed).
The liquid is then sent to a spray dryer, where it spins at high speed which removes all the water, leaving you with the fine powder that you see when you dive into our products! Amazing!
What are the capsules made of?
Not all mushroom capsules are made the same, and the capsules we use at Eversio are REALLY different. Some brands use capsules made from gelatin (usually sourced from pork or beef), or wood cellulose.
At Eversio Wellness, we use USDA Organic certified fungi-based capsules for our mushroom capsule supplements. Our capsules are made from organic pullulan which is natural, vegan, halal, and kosher. Our pullulan is produced by growing the fungi Aureobasidium pullulans on certified organic tapioca starch.
These fungi-based capsules are ideal for mushroom supplements because of the benefits they offer:
Free of any Allergens
Excellent Moisture Barrier
Optimal Prevention of Oxidation
Prolonged Shelf Life
100% USDA Organic Certified
Eversio Wellness believes the future is fungi and we apply that belief to the smallest detail of our products, including the capsules we use.
What are the other ingredients in your capsules?
Our capsules contain either 500mg, 450mg, or 250mg of organic mushroom extract as listed on the label. The other ingredients listed are in addition to these amounts. The other ingredients are required in very small amounts for the encapsulation process and are all naturally occurring, vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO minerals and nutrients.
1. What is Microcrystalline Cellulose? Commonly known as MCC this is a naturally occurring polymer – made of glucose. LEARN MORE.
2. What is Magnesium Stearate? It is a naturally occurring nutrient that represents a part of every type of fat. A small piece of dark chocolate has up to 5g of stearates. Also found in coconut oil, cocoa butter, and olive oil. LEARN MORE.
3. What is Dicalcium Phosphate? – A mineral derived from phosphoric acid. Used as a supplement or antacid and as a source of calcium. LEARN MORE.
Why do some of your mushroom extracts taste so bitter?
That bitter taste comes from some of the beneficial compounds (like triterpenoids) that are made bio-available through the hot water or alcohol extraction process our mushrooms experience before making their way to your taste buds. So, the more bitter the better. Bitter Reishi is a high-quality Reishi! This bitterness helps mushroom extracts pair well with coffee or chocolate. Try it!
How will I know if the mushrooms extracts I’m taking are working or not?
Medicinal mushrooms are adaptogens that work over long periods of time. Although some people say they notice a change in their wellness after just a few doses, the real benefits of medicinal mushrooms are obtained through prolonged use.
Are your refill pouches compostable?
Eversio mushroom extract capsules and blends now come in 100% home compostable refill pouches for a healthier you and a healthier planet. Our new refill system cuts down on carbon emissions and waste thanks to the addition of our light weight and compostable refill pouches.
Our compostable pouches are made by Elevate Packaging in the USA. In order to enable our customers to elevate their sustainable impact through their relationship with us, here's a link to answers to your sustainable packaging questions answered by knowledgeable compostable packaging experts at Elevate Packaging.
What is the point of your sustainable refill system?
Put simply, the world needs to stop creating so much packaging – of any kind! Less packaging = a happier planet!
In our dream world, we would have every customer walk over to our place to say hello and pick up their mushroom extracts in their own favourite container of choice! No packaging! Imagine that!
However, most of you live too far away to do that, so we thought long and hard about how we could get your mushroom wellness support to you with the least amount of impact on the planet possible. - That’s how our sustainable refill system was born.
Glass is infinitely reusable and recyclable and it does an excellent job of looking great and keeping what’s inside fresh, safe, and easy to access.
The trouble with glass is that many communities (including ours) don’t allow consumers to recycle any glass in curbside recycling bins. So, people end up throwing it into the garbage when they no longer have a use for it.
That’s why we decided to give you just one glass jar for each of your mushroom extracts - to keep forever! Don’t recycle it and don’t throw it away.
Instead, when it’s almost empty, order your refill from our website and we will send you more capsules in a 100% home compostable refill pouch that you can open, pour into your original jar, then compost!
The other issue with glass containers (and all rigid plastic containers) is that they require a lot more energy to manufacture and transport than flexible packaging does.
When transporting packaging to manufacturers, flexible options weigh considerably less and take up less space than rigid packaging, which means you can ship more in each truckload, making fewer runs, using less fuel, and reducing CO2 emissions.
Rigid plastic packaging has created a global recycling crisis because it is so often not delivered to its intended recycling facility. People think they are doing their part when they toss plastic into the recycle bin, but the reality of where that plastic actually ends up is another story. It’s upsetting to hear this, and we don’t want anyone to stop recycling, but as consumers, we can do better by not buying things that create issues for our planet when we are done with them.
Check out this CBC News story: Exposing Recycling Myths
Do your products expire?
Yes, they do. Please see the label on each mushroom supplement for its exact expiry date. In general, our extracts have been tested for potency and stability for up to three years after they are packaged. If you find that your powdered extracts are beginning to harden or clump after you have had them for some time, it means they have been exposed to moisture. They are still safe to use up to the expiry date if you are into breaking up the pieces. If you use the extracts every day you will likely use up the product in less than two months.
How should I store my mushrooms?
Our functional mushrooms can be sensitive to heat, light, and moisture over time, so they need to be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Our glass jars are the best place to store your capsules or blends because they protect what's inside from oxygen, moisture, and light. If you want you can keep your mushrooms in the fridge.
If you find that some moisture has gotten into your mushroom extract powdered blend and it is starting to "clump" - have no fear! Just break up the clumps. Your mushroom extract will still be as potent as it ever was.
Can I give mushroom extracts to my kids?
In general, it is considered safe to give medicinal mushrooms to children ages 10 and up.
Otherwise, seek guidance from your health practitioner to make a decision about your child’s specific situation.
Can I give mushroom extracts to my pets?
Yes! Holistic vets who prescribe mushroom extracts recommend 1/8 tsp twice daily for small dogs. You can scale the dosage up or down according to your pet’s size. If they do not like the taste, try breaking the servings into smaller doses more frequently over the day.
If you want to read more about your fur babies and functional fungi - read our blog HERE.
Can you provide a Certificate of Analysis?
Of course! All of our Lab Reports (COAs) are available for viewing on each product's shop page right here on our website! Go take a look! :)
Are mushroom extracts safe to take during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
The only medicinal mushrooms that come WITHOUT a Health Canada caution statement regarding pregnancy and breastfeeding are REISHI, SHIITAKE, AND MAITAKE. All of the others carry this Health Canada caution statement:
- "Consult a health care practitioner/health care provider/health care professional/doctor/physician prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding."
Clinical studies demonstrating the safety of consuming adaptogens/functional mushrooms during this stage of life are lacking as it is considered unethical to conduct trials on this population.
It is best that you consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as we are not able to give specific recommendations about which products to take.
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