Delightful Mushroom Broth: Nourishing and Tonic

Give your home cooking a boost by adding mushroom broth

Mushrooms have been used as culinary ingredients for centuries. By their very nature, mushrooms nourish and stimulate your body’s systems to support health, especially during the transition seasons of spring and fall.* Using immune support stimulants in the form of mushroom broth is a delicious and easy way to absorb your nutrients!

Mushroom Broth – Just as supportive as bone broth, vegetarians rejoice!

Most people think of homemade chicken noodle soup as their first nutritious meal when they’re feeling under the weather. This is partly due to the bone-in filled chicken that is simmered with the rest of the ingredients. Bone broth is coveted for its muscle support, high mineral content for our bodies to absorb, and yield of important compounds such as collagen, glutamine, glycine, and proline.*

Don’t eat meat or don’t have a trusted butcher to get organic beef or chicken bones? Fear not—mushroom stock may be your next best option.

Mushrooms, when extracted or boiled for a long time (an hour or more), provide comparable nutritional value to support immune function, remineralize the body, and support a healthy inflammatory response.* Packed with nutrients and a distinctive profile umami flavor, mushroom broth can be consumed hot or cold after the initial boiling. It pairs well with everything from simple miso soups to being used as a base for a vegetarian dip.

Brewed for thousands of years: A traditional Chinese mushroom broth blend

When you’re looking for inspiration for a nourish, Fu Zheng (loosely translated as “to support normality”) is the way to go. Fu Zheng is sometimes referred to as “Yang Yin Fu Zheng”, in recognition of its balancing properties in both yang and yin When this potent broth is ingested, it supports the immune system.

Fu Zheng treatment nourishes, invigorates and invigorates the body chi (pronounced, “chee”). Fu Zheng recipes vary, but all tend to include sweet, slightly bitter, and slightly hot herbs and mushrooms. At AdaptogenShrooms, our favorite recipes include cordyceps, reishi, shiitake and maitake mushroom fruiting bodies.

Most of the health benefits associated with Fu Zheng mushroom broth are directly due to a specific class of compounds prevalent in mushrooms: polysaccharides and, more specifically, beta-glucans! Beta-glucans are abundant in mushrooms and refers to the particular configuration of the polysaccharides in them.

Savory Mushroom Broth Recipe

Based on Fu Zheng tonic formulas


  • 2-4 liters of water, limited only by the size of your pot
  • 5-6 slices of dried reishi mushroom
  • 7-8 fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms
  • ½ cup dried maitake mushroom, chopped (1 cup if fresh)
  • ¼ cup burdock root, chopped
  • 10 sliced ​​dried astragalus roots
  • 1 2-3 inch ginseng root
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2-3 onions, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery with tops, chopped
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-inch strip dried Kombu seaweed OR 2 tablespoons Wakame seaweed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Miso paste, free root, turmeric root and/or sesame oil


  1. Mix all the ingredients except the Cordyceps mushrooms in a large pot and bring to a boil. Cover and let it simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours. Monitor water levels. you may want to add a little more. The broth will be rich, feel free to dilute it further to extend the shelf life of the broth.
  2. Near the end of your boil, add Cordyceps mushrooms, as these delicate mushrooms only need to be boiled for 15 minutes for optimal extraction.
  3. After 2-3 hours total, remove from the heat and strain your mushroom stock with a strainer or cheesecloth.

Support dose: 3 large cups of mushroom broth per day or 2-3 bowls of soup using this broth as a base.

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