As you already know, some mushrooms are edible, some mushrooms are medicinal, and others might just kill you.
Of all edible mushrooms, some are great for tossing into a stir fry or side dish. Ancient people long ago discovered mushrooms to be medicinally potent. Their field research? Hundreds of years of eating what was in the field, noting positive effects, and handing the news down—generation by generation. Talk about a longstanding focus group! Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuron-enriching, immunity-boosting, blood flow increasing—genius mushrooms have spent about 1.5 billion years optimizing life, and now they have one question for we humans. “You want in on this?”
Shiitake, portobello, white button mushrooms, porcinis, and plenty of other varieties taste great so it’s easy to incorporate them into your meals.
WHAT ARE MUSHROOM CAPSULES MADE FROM?
Not all mushroom powders and capsules are the same.
If you are looking to actually get the benefits of mushrooms, you need to choose extracts made from the whole fruiting body.
Cheaper varieties are made from a different part of the mushroom called mycelium, which grows in rice grain- so the final product only contains trace amounts of the substances you want, and high levels of starch.
In high-quality mushroom powders, the raw mushrooms are carefully dried and extracted with hot water, then turned into a fine powder through a process called “spray drying”. The end result is a potent mushroom powder that contains all the beneficial compounds you’d expect in a mushroom supplement.
Other mushrooms, however, have higher quantities of phytonutrients and antioxidants- but their flavor isn’t so appealing.
Reishi, turkey tail, chaga, and many others are known as functional or medicinal mushrooms due to their elevated levels of beta glucans and other important nutrients.
Instead of fresh, you can buy extracted versions of these medicinal mushrooms that are conveniently stuffed into capsules.
You could also buy fresh or dried mushroom powders and make the capsules yourself!
These mushrooms contain no psilocybin, so you won’t experience any hallucinogenic effects: just good health and immune-supporting potential.
With medicinal mushroom capsules, you can easily add beta glucans, potassium, B vitamins, and important antioxidants to your supplement routine.