What you really need to know before buying mushroom supplements

Mushroom supplements are quite popular these days as more people look to nature as a way to support their overall health and wellness.* Mushrooms are known for their ability to support the immune system (thanks to the unique complex carbohydrates that contain called beta-glucans), and individual mushrooms offer other types of support backed by a combination of traditional use and modern scientific research.*

We sell certified organic mushroom supplements made only from fruiting bodies, including Lion’s Mane for clarity, Reishi for relaxation, Cordyceps Militaris for energythe Daily 10 for immune support.*

Whether you choose our brand or another, there are a few things you should know before you buy another mushroom supplement.

What are mushroom supplements?

Mushroom supplements are simply mushrooms that have been processed to allow the human body to better access their active ingredients. As you may already know, we need to cook mushrooms before eating them — and supplements have been processed in a somewhat similar way so that you get more of their health benefits.*

Different types of mushroom supplements include:

  • Tincturesor mushrooms that have been extracted in alcohol (and often hot water, too).
  • Powdered extracts is an extract (or tincture) of a mushroom that has been dehydrated. It is not the same as a dried mushroom powder (those are for culinary and functional food purposes).

You may see capsules, powders, tinctures, and more at your local health food store and online. We sell dual-extraction mushroom supplements that we believe offer you the best quality.

This is because the active parts of functional mushrooms are inside their cell walls. The human body cannot break down these tough cell walls, so mushrooms must be extracted before being sold as supplements. Ideally, mushroom supplements will have been extracted twice. The best ones use two methods. (You will learn more about this in Question 2 in the section below.)

What types of mushrooms are used in mushroom supplements?

Thousands of edible mushrooms exist on the planet – and of those, many have found their way into different herbal and wellness traditions around the world. Back in the day, mushroom “supplements” were simply mushrooms simmered in tea and perhaps steeped in alcohol. Now we have much more precise ways of extracting them. (There is so much science involved.)

Some of the more popular mushrooms used in mushroom supplements include:

Chaga mushroom

(Inonotus obliquus)

It is traditionally used to support the skin, immune system, healthy digestion and the body’s natural cleansing processes.*

Cordyceps mushroom

(Cordyceps militaris)

An adaptogen traditionally used to support healthy endurance and energy levels (including at the cellular level), lung health, sexual health, and kidney health.*

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

(Hericium erinaceus)

It is traditionally used to support memory and cognitive function.*

Maitake mushroom

(Grifola frondosa)

It is traditionally used to maintain nervous system health, healthy digestive function, immune health, and cardiovascular health.*

Meshima mushroom

(Phellinus linteus)

It is traditionally used to support women’s health, healthy immune function and cellular health.*

Poria Cocos mushroom

(Wolfiporia extensa)

It is traditionally used to promote healthy sleep, normal and healthy hydration levels, healthy sleep and relaxation, nervous system health and memory, and normal stomach function.*

Reishi mushroom

(Ganoderma lucidum)

An adaptogenic mushroom that helps support your body’s natural response to stress.*

It is also traditionally used to support the immune, cardiovascular and nervous systems. liver and kidney health; and healthy sleep and relaxation.*

Shiitake mushroom

(Lentinula edodes)

It is traditionally used to support immune, liver and cardiovascular health.*

Tremella mushroom

(Tremella fuciformis)

It is traditionally used to promote healthy skin, memory support, a healthy metabolism and bone health.*

Turkey tail mushroom

(Trametes versicolor)

It is traditionally used to support the immune system and liver health.*

Ask these questions before you buy mushroom supplements

Ready to buy? Ask these questions first.

1. Which part of the mushroom is used?

Only certain parts of mushrooms are traditionally used in botany. Fruiting bodies are the above-ground parts of a mushroom. (These are the places you usually forage, cook, and extract.)

The mycelium is usually underground. Although important to mushrooms, mycelium is not traditionally used to support your health.*

It is cheaper and faster to grow mycelium on grain, so many products use it instead of fruiting bodies.

Our products use only 100% fruiting bodies, never mycelium, so you never pay for grains or fillers.

2. How do you make your mushroom supplements?

AdaptogenShrooms supplements undergo a double extraction of water, known as decoction, and alcohol, known as tincture. The active compounds in mushrooms are both alcohol-soluble (triterpenes) and water-soluble (beta-glucans). To get full-spectrum mushroom support, we extract our mushrooms with 190-proof alcohol and hot water, then carefully blend them.

We follow science and extract each mushroom at specific, optimal alcohol percentages, temperatures and durations.

3. Have your supplements been tested for purity and potency?

When buying mushroom supplements to support your health, you should get proof that they are pure and strong.*

Every batch of mushrooms we use goes through laboratory tests. We test for heavy metals and biological contamination to ensure the purity of our products. We also control the concentration of active compounds such as beta-glucans and triterpenes. We want to see the science when it comes to the potency of our supplements, so we make sure we get accurate numbers.

4. Are your mushroom supplements certified organic?

Mushrooms may be certified organic, but not all are. Our products are certified organic by an independent third party called Baystate Organic Certifiers. Everything we use is organic, from our substrates to our cleaning products. Every product we sell and every ingredient we use is tracked by a batch number and can be traced back to its origin. This gives you peace of mind.

Pro tip: You can find the answers to these questions and more in each of our products.

Now you’re ready: Browse our products, including Lion’s Mane for clarity, Reishi for relaxation, Cordyceps Militaris for energythe Daily 10 for immune support.*

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