Let’s talk about how we should process the medicinal mushrooms as functional food as well as supplement. In general, most of us might think about how to scientifically extract single element or simple compound from the mushrooms. Eventually, simplest processes are hot water or tincture extractions and/or dried powdered. These methods have been used for ages and everyone can do in their own home. But can we make them better?
Because most of medicinal properties are composited in the cell wall, extracting those compounds by breaking it down will give us all beneficial values. But is that enough?
Actually, many compounds are ready for human consumption except a few such as β-glucan and especially polysaccharides which may have high molecular weight about 100k-2,000kDa. Most of medicinal mushrooms have proteoglycan as the core protein for those important polysaccharides.All these elements cannot be effectively applied for human digestive system.
By using bioactive processing, we imitate the natural aerobic/anaerobic fermentation to digest those protein-bound. The bioavailability will be broaden and become more effective.
The Facebook link below demonstrate the initiative fermented from Dr.Anon’s family’s wild Phelinus.