Don't be fooled: Nearly all pet mushroom products are mycelium. Mycelium is not a true mushroom product. It's a partially-grown fungus, usually grown on grains, and it's often lower in beta-glucans ... (that research shows is a really important medicinal ingredient that can help fight cancer and boost immunity.)
Don't buy ground up grains with only part of the mushroom ... Four Leaf Rover Turkey Tail is a true medicinal mushroom. We use whole mushrooms, grown naturally on wood in the fresh air, not on grains.
|Size of dog||Number of tsp daily|
|Up to 25 lbs||1/32 tsp once daily (190 servings)|
|26 to 50 lbs||1/16 tsp once daily (90 servings)|
|51 to 75 lbs||1/8 tsp once daily (50 servings)|
|76+ lbs and up||1/4 tsp once daily (25 servings)|
50 Large Dog Servings
Active Ingredient per 1/32 tsp (67 mg)
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) Mushroom Extract ... 67 mg
(No preservatives, fillers, binders, or added flavorings)
Mushrooms contain a fruiting body (the part of the mushroom you'd recognize) and mycelium, the part that grows underground or inside the plant. Think of the mycelium as the roots of the mushroom. Nearly all mushroom products are mycelium, not the actual mushroom. They're grown in a lab on sterilized grains (such as rice, sorghum or oats) and ground into a powder.
If you're buying a mycelium product, you're not getting the beta-glucan-rich content of the fruiting body. Beta-glucans are the active compounds in mushrooms. Fruiting bodies are full spectrum and also offer more vitamins and minerals. You're not getting a real mushroom and your dog is not getting all of the health benefits.
Four Leaf Rover's mushrooms are grown on wood, just as they would in nature. This guarantees the medicinal compounds will be in the mushrooms. They're grown in greenhouses with a constant flow of fresh air and water, along with natural sunlight. After harvesting, every mushroom is tested for chemicals or contamination.
Fruiting bodies require hot water extraction to break down the chitin in the cell walls. Dogs and humans lack the enzyme to do this, so extraction is necessary to get all the nutrients from the fruiting body. Extraction pulls out the beta-glucans. The extraction is then purified and dried into a powder with all the beneficial mushroom parts intact.
Every batch of mushrooms is checked for bacteria, heavy metals, and pesticides. The mushroom extracts are then tested for beta-glucan content to make sure the mushrooms are truly medicinal. Our mushrooms are certified organic, and free from heavy metals and pesticides. No mycelium, no grains and no starch ever.
If your dog doesn't have any health challenges, once a day should be enough. But if your dog is fighting illness, you can give mushrooms twice daily.
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Organic Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) Mushroom Extract. No fillers, no added ingredients
Turkey tail is a mushroom that grows on dead logs all around the world. Its Latin name is Trametes versicolor or Coriolus versicolor. Versicolor means of many colors. And that’s because turkey tail has colored rings that look a lot like the tail of a turkey. In Japan, turkey tail is called kawaratake, which means cloud mushroom. There are quite a few strains of Trametes, but turkey tail in particular is of interest to scientists and herbalists. Turkey tail has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to reduce phlegm, clear dampness, increase energy and boost the immune system. In traditional Chinese medicine, it’s called Yun Zhi.