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The Mighty Mushroom Extracts

Updated: Jan 23

Where's the Beneficial Compounds? Extracts vs. Powders.


Today's 'episode' of Oddly Healthy follows the epic battle of mushroom extracts vs. powders. It's like comparing a superhero to their sidekick – both are great, but one clearly has more powers. Let's unravel this mystery and find out why our Odd Balls are the caped crusaders of the snack world. Here's a quick overview if you're short on time!


Mushrooms in nature

Why Mushrooms? Beyond the Pizza Topping


Mushrooms, they're not just for topping your pizza anymore. In the wellness universe, these fungi are like the multi-tool gadget – versatile, powerful, and a bit mysterious. But how we unlock their powers – through extracts or powders – is where the real magic happens.


Extracts vs. Powders: The Ultimate Showdown


In the red corner, we have mushroom extracts, flexing their concentrated muscles. And in the blue corner, mushroom powders, flaunting their fibrous charm. Here's the play-by-play commentary:


Mushroom Extracts: The Concentration Champions

  • Process: Think of this as mushroom alchemy. We break down their tough cell walls to release the magical compounds.

  • Compounds Unleashed: Like unlocking a treasure chest, this process frees up beta-D-glucans and other goodies that boost immunity and energize your body.

  • Bioavailability: These guys get absorbed by your body faster than a kid spotting an ice cream truck.


Scale showing mushroom extract methods for Lion's Mane.
Lion's Mane extraction methods for different beneficial compounds.

Mushroom Powders: The Fiber Heroes

  • Process: More straightforward – just drying and grinding, like preparing your morning coffee, but less jittery.

  • Nutritional Content: They're like the Swiss Army Knife – useful, but not as specialized as the extract ninjas.

  • Fiber Factor: Great for your gut, but when it comes to superhero powers, they're a bit more Clark Kent than Superman.


Why Odd Balls Picks Mushroom Extracts: The Secret Sauce Revealed


We choose extracts because we're overachievers. Here's why they're the MVPs in our snack lineup:

  • Potency: Extracts bring stronger health benefits with less.

  • Digestibility: They go down smoother than your favorite smoothie, making sure your body gets the good stuff without the grunt work.

  • Targeted Health Benefits: Precise, effective, and oh-so-satisfying.


Looking at the biochemical makeup of mushrooms.
Compounds inside mushrooms have the greatest benefits.


We sprinkle in a small amount of mushroom powder purely to boost the fiber content of our energy balls. This doesn't take away from the extracts, but instead enhances the overall nutritional content of our snacks.






Odd Balls: Not Your Average Snack


Imagine if snacks were in a talent show. Odd Balls would be the multi-talented performer that blows everyone away. Here's why:

  • Lion's Mane 2% Erinacines: Not just a cool name, but a brain-boosting powerhouse of a compound. Think of it as nature's way of giving your brain the tools it needs to stay focused and sharp.

  • Cordyceps 1% Cordycepin: For when you need to outrun a toddler or just feel less like a zombie at 3 PM. Unlike your caffeine addiction, this compound boosts your bodies natural energy levels, without the crash.


Read more about our Funguy Blend HERE.


The Immunity Connection: Why Potent Extracts Matter


As someone who has personally navigated the challenges of cancer treatment, I've experienced firsthand the importance of maintaining a strong immune system. This is where the beta-glucans in our potent mushroom extracts come into play.


Beta-Glucans: Nature's Immune Boosters

Beta glucan activates the cell to attack disease.

  • The Power Within: Beta-glucans are natural polysaccharides found in the cell walls of mushrooms. They are renowned for their ability to support and enhance the immune system.

  • Enhanced Absorption: In extract form, these beta-glucans are more readily absorbed by the body, ensuring you get the maximum immune support with every bite of an Odd Ball.

  • Beyond Basic Defense: It's not just about strengthening immunity; it's about equipping your body with the tools to effectively respond to health challenges. This is particularly vital for those undergoing treatments like chemotherapy, where the immune system needs extra support.


Long-Term Health Benefits

  • Consistent Support: Using mushroom extracts with high beta-glucan content isn't just a short-term fix; it's about investing in your long-term health and resilience.

  • Personal Journey, Universal Benefit: My journey through cancer and discovery of the benefits of functional mushrooms was a turning point. It's a testament to the power of these natural wonders and why we're committed to bringing their full potential to you through Odd Balls.


Man in kayak life jacket in Rogue River, Oregon.
Odd Balls owner shortly after finishing chemo.

By choosing potent mushroom extracts, we're not just creating a snack; we're offering a delicious, convenient way to support your immune system. In every Odd Ball, there's a blend of science, nature, and a personal story of resilience and health – a combination we're proud to share with you.




Pricing: Why so Premium?


Sure, Odd Balls might cost more than your average snack bar, but we're not your average snack bar. We're like the luxury car of snacks – sleek, powerful, and worth every penny. We believe in our balls so much so, that we offer a 90-day refund policy if for any reason you're unsatisfied. That's our Funguy Promise to YOU!


For reference, mushroom powder costs around $40/kg while a potent extract of the same mushroom can cost $175/kg! It's a difference you can notice.

Living the Odd Balls Life


Odd Balls aren't just a snack; they're a lifestyle. Perfect for the health-conscious, the busy bees, and everyone who likes a side of humor with their health benefits.

  • Versatile: Breakfast, during an adventure, or mid-meeting – Odd Balls fit into your day like that one song you can't get out of your head.

  • Delicious: Say goodbye to the tasteless health bars that feel like chewing cardboard. Odd Balls are the party in your mouth you didn't know you needed.


Answering the Burning Questions

  • Suitable for everyone? Yes, unless you're a mushroom-hating alien. Kids and adults both agree, Odd Balls are delish...

  • Different from other snacks? It's like comparing a diamond to copper – both could shine, but one definitely has more sparkle.

  • Why a smart choice? Because who wouldn't want a snack that's tasty, healthy, and has a sense of humor? But for reals, because you are what you eat. Odd Balls is not only an investment in the now, but also in your long-term health.


Now that you're armed with the knowledge of mushroom extracts and their sidekick powders, you're ready to join the functional mushroom revolution.


It's not just about what you're eating; it's about what you're becoming – a healthier, happier, and slightly odder version of yourself.



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