Choosing a Mushroom Supplement: What’s So Special About Mushrooms?

Why Choose Mushroom Supplements?

Mushrooms have gained popularity over the years — and for good reason! 

 

Though they’ve been becoming more well-known and appreciated, mushrooms have been used not only for food, but also traditionally for thousands of years.

 

If you’re curious to learn more about some popular functional mushrooms, as well as what type of mushroom supplements are available to choose from, keep on reading.

 

Functional Mushroom Benefits

Many of the mushrooms that may support health do so because of the nutrient and other content in the mushrooms which can vary depending on the mushroom type.  

 

Some of the most commonly searched attributes of these mushrooms are those having adaptogenic, neurosupportive, and/or nootropic properties.

 

Not sure exactly what that means? We’re here to help you learn! BUT it’s actually a little complicated.

 

Since these attributes don’t have single widespread definitions, it’s important to note that different people may mean different things when using these terms, and these terms may not apply to all mushrooms (or other things) equally. 

 

With that being said, here are some versions of how these attributes may be described: 

 

  • Adaptogenic: Adaptogens can be said to assist the body in adapting to different stressors, and support its ability to maintain its natural homeostasis.
  • Neurosupportive: Neurosupportive can refer to the support of neuronal structure and brain health. Phytochemicals from medicinal plants with these properties play an important part in the brain’s maintenance of chemical balance, influencing neurotransmitters and aiding in the preservation of neuronal structure and function.
  • Nootropic: Natural nootropics are traditionally used to support cognitive function, particularly executive functions — focus, memory, creativity, or motivation — in healthy individuals.

 

Other than these properties, some mushrooms may also support the immune system in various ways!

 

Now, let’s take a closer look at some specific mushrooms that you may find supplements for, specifically those that we have here at MaryRuth’s! 

 

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

The edible lion's mane (Hericium erinaceus) Mushroom has long used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As a nootropic and a nervine mushroom, lion’s mane is known for its nerve and brain health properties and it may be a neuro-supporter as well. 

 

Though this mushroom is still being studied to determine its further potential, you may want to try our Organic Lion’s Mane Liquid Drops in an alcohol-free tincture.

 

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Reishi Mushroom

For over 2,000 years, the reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushroom has been recognized for its traditional properties — it was even documented throughout history in ancient scripts, carvings, paintings, and more. 

 

The reishi mushroom may be most well known for its immune-supportive activities. 

 

Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake mushrooms may support healthy immune function, which is important for overall health. 

 

Turkey Tails Mushroom

Like the mushrooms listed before this, the turkey tails (Trametes versicolor) mushroom has many immune-supporting properties.

 

King Trumpet Mushroom

The King Trumpet (Pleurotus eryngii) Mushroom (also known as King Oyster) may have neurosupportive properties, though only limited studies have been completed. 

 

Additionally, the king trumpet may be a nootropic mushroom as well.  

 

Agaricus Blazei (Agaricus blazei) Mushroom

Traditionally, the Agaricus blazei (Agaricus blazei) mushroom was used to alleviate physical and emotional stress. Since it also may support the immune system, it may be a great mushroom for immune health. 

 

Maitake (Grifola frondosa) Mushroom

Like others on this list, the Maitake (Grifola frondosa) mushroom may have immune-supporting properties.

 

Get our Salted Fudge Smoothie recipe with functional mushrooms!

 

Check out the chart below to easily see which beneficial properties each mushroom may contain at a glance.

 

Species

Adaptogenic

Neuro-

supportive  

Nootropic

Immune Support

Lion’s Mane

✔️

✔️

✔️

 

Reishi

     

✔️

Shiitake

     

✔️

Turkey Tails

     

✔️

King Trumpet

 

✔️

✔️

 

Agaricus Blazei

     

✔️

Antrodia 

 

✔️

 

✔️

Maitake

     

✔️

 

 

Mushroom Supplements

If you’re looking to supplement with mushrooms, we have a few options for you to choose from! 

 

  • Functional Mushrooms Liposomal: This delicious salted chocolate-flavored liposomal has a blend of mushrooms as well as tocotrienols in liposomal format for immune-supporting and neurosupportive properties.


If you want to learn even more about traditionally used mushrooms, herbs, and botanicals, check out 6 Reasons to Try an Herbal Supplement!

 


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