Fungi Perfecti - Host Defense Organic Stamets 7 Extract - 1 oz. (30 mL)
Fungi Perfecti Host Defense Stamets 7 Extract is a special blend of seven mushroom species to support general immunity. Fungi Perfecti Host Defense Stamets 7 Extract is used by many as a general tonic for maintaing perk performance and health.
Why Host Defense Mushrooms
Grown in the USA
- Located near the Olympic Rainforest, USA
- Highest quality lab, growing environments and manufacturing methods
- No co-mingling and adulteration
- Purity testing batch to batch
Maintain Chain of Custody
Paul Stamets adn his skilled Host Defense team grow every single mushroom in every product. From the Forest, to Their Farm, to You. There is no other mushroom supplement company that has such complete control over their raw materials.
When sourcing mushrooms from the pristine Olympic rainforest, their team leaves the habitat and original mushroom intact and undisturbed. Only a small sample is required and taken for growing in their laboratories at the farm. Host Defense methods protect the native habitat. Their vast culture library of rare and endangered mushroom species has been called a national treasure.
Host Defense is a Certified Organic food producer and processor. Our organic certificates are always available upon request. We are the best-documented and longest-certified organic mushroom company in the U.S.
Preserved Genetic Integrity
Host Defense mushrooms are genetic matches to species found in the wild. They are able to ensure this integrity by following a method developed by Paul called Certified P Value. P Value is a scientific system of measuring the generational age of each species to preserve genetic strength, and is key to providing fungal strains with the greatest efficacy and vitality. The higher P Value gets, strains degenerate and die out. Utilizing extremely low P Value, Host Defense uses the "original file" to produce mushrooms of exceptional genetic strength and integrity, close to their wild origins which means the active constituents are at very high levels.
Each mushroom species has a narrow window when active constituents are at their highest volume. With over 35 years of experience and knowledge, Paul knows the precise harvest time for each species for maximum activity and efficacy. At their optimal rate of growth, the mushroom-forming mycelium are flash-frozen, capturing a full spectrum of constituents at peak performance.
Proper Mushroom Life Cycle
The mushroom life cycle consists of mycelium, fruiting bodies, and spores. The mycelium is the immune system of the mushroom. The fruiting body is the reproductive stage. Spores represent seeds for regeneration and are in every Host Defense product that contains fruitbodies. Depending on the species and the intended use, they utilize a unique combination of the life stages. For example, Host Defense Cordyceps capsules contain mycelium. Host Defense MyCommunity Extract contains mycelium and both Maitake and Reishi fruit bodies.
Clinical & In Vitro Studies
Host Defense Turkey Tail was chosen for NIH (National Institutes of Health) Study for supporting immune system health. Clinical studies show Host Defense Chaga is superior in antioxidant effects, protecting DNA from free radicals (which cause oxidative stress damage). Of more than 2,000,000 samples submitted, Host Defense Agarikon demonstrated the most activity of all natural products in the BioShield BioDefense Program administered by the Department of Defense and NIH. In fact, their mushrooms were the only products to show such activity.
Over the years, Fungi Perfecti LLC has spent thousands of dollars on product testing for beta-glucan content at various laboratories. The reported beta-glucan values from several independent laboratories vary greatly even though identical assays were performed. The most commonly employed assays for determination of beta-glucan content can only detect soluble beta-glucans; the insoluble beta-glucans remain undetected. Beta-glucans differ in their solubilities depending on their size, functionality, and interaction with other molecules. In agreement with other organic chemists specializing in beta-glucan analysis, they have concluded that the currently employed methods are unreliable! Deciding to place a percentage on their labels gives them sufficient pause, as they know each methodology and each laboratory would yield a different result. There is no standard, accepted, validated methodology in the industry. This fact makes us reluctant to make any such claims on their product labels, and makes any purported beta glucan levels listed for any mushroom product dubious.
Analytical laboratories have admitted that some mushroom companies use chitinase to convert otherwise water-insoluble sugars (chitin) into beta-glucans so their analyses falsely meet their desired marketing goal; a technique that simply embellishes the beta-glucan content in order to mislead the customer. Another trick some companies employ is to use beta-glucans isolated from yeast, such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae and list them as 'mushroom beta-glucans' on their product label-more than a bit of a stretch of logic, truth and reason. Yeasts are the simplest forms of fungi: many yeasts do not form mycelium and lack the cellular complexity of higher fungi, The other, non-beta-glucan constituents embedded into the cellular architecture of mushroom mycelium distinguishes the immunological activity of mushrooms from yeasts..
The Mushroom Renaissance
Mushrooms have been used cross-culturally for centuries as food, clothing, tools and medicinals. Examples include:
- 7,000 year-old Tassilli cave paintings
- Mushrooms found on 5,300-year-old Neolithic Otzi the Iceman
- The ancient writings on mushrooms in the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Traditional Chinese Herbal, dated 1644
The Genetic Connection
- Humans and fungi share more DNA than humans and plants
- Fungi and humans share in common infections from teh same microbial pathogens. However, fungi, after millennia of evolution, are infinitely more adept at manufacturing compounds to combat these pathogens. Because of the similarities between fungi and animals, we can digest, assimilate and utilize these fungi as functional foods.
Thousands of Components
Compounds found in the fruiting body are just one piece of the full constituent offerings of mushrooms. Novel compounds exclusive to mycelium and the substrate (or food source), are used in combination to create a broader range of available health-promoting constituents.
Functional Food Everday
Mushrooms have been used throughout history as functional foods. Across the globe they provide macro- & micro-nutrients, while simultaneously conferring benefits to multiple systems in the body.
Mushrooms Offer Support for a Multitude of Body Systems
- Cardiovascular System
- Digestive System
- Neurological System
- Immune System
- Reproductive System
- Integumentary (Skin) System
- Skeletal System
- Muscular System
About Fungi Perfecti
Only recently has the cultivation of exotic mushrooms become a practical endeavor. Cultivating mushrooms is not necessarily difficult: it requires only a willingness to learn, a little work, and adherence to some well defined guidelines. Mushrooms can be grown throughout the year indoors or during a few months outdoors. One of the most exciting innovations in mushroom culture is a concept Fungi Perfecti has been instrumental in promoting: Mycological Landscaping. Mycological landscaping involves the cultivation of exotic mushrooms as beneficial companions to plants in gardens, lawns, or within woodlands. Fungi Perfecti has been actively searching the wild for candidates having strong potential for culinary value. Each year they clone dozens of species having gourmet appeal and test them at their research facility-indoors and outdoors. Imagine having a selection of choice exotic mushroom patches, protected in the privacy of your backyard, to be enjoyed through the seasons and perhaps through generations!
They keenly sense that fungi will play a pivotal role in new industries of the 21st Century. Gourmet and medicinal mushrooms will continue to appeal to organic gardeners, commercial cultivators, researchers, nutritionists, and ecological managers. Indeed, they forsee a quantum leap in their popularity when the public realizes that these fungi:
- Can help support the immune system
- Represent a pesticide-free alternative to the traditional white button mushroom
- Are instrumental in the recycling of wood and agricultural by-products
- Can easily be grown by everyone-outdoors in your garden or yard(mycological landscaping)-or indoors within greenhouses, solaria, or controlled environments.
Through their in-depth classes and information networks, they encourage the establishment of a constellation of independent, organically minded growers whose collective consciousness will define this emerging industry well into the next century. They hope you will join them in this endeavor. The future is ours.