Mushroom extracts are rich in nutrients and contain a diverse array of antioxidants, as well as immunomodulating beta-glucan compounds.
Mushroom extracts are powders made from various types of mushrooms, including shiitake, maitake, reishi, chaga, cordyceps, and lion's mane. These extracts are often used for their potential health benefits. Find out more about the types of mushroom extract and their benefits here.
Here’s a breakdown of the most common types of mushroom extracts and their potential benefits. Scientific research is ongoing, so potential health benefits cannot be 100% guaranteed.
Turkey tail mushrooms are full of antioxidants and have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. This type of mushroom is named "turkey tail" because it resembles the tail feathers of a wild turkey.
Lion’s mane mushrooms are renowned for their culinary uses and have a mild seafood-like flavour. As the flavour is not to everyone’s taste, lion’s mane extract has become increasingly popular. This type of mushroom has been studied for its benefits, and some of the potential findings are below.
Reishi mushrooms have a distinctive appearance, coloured reddish-brown and kidney-shaped. These are some of the potential benefits.
Chaga mushrooms grow on the back of birch trees in cold climates, including parts of North America, Europe, and Asia.
Cordyceps mushrooms are identifiable by their long, stalk-like appearance and have been used in traditional medicine for some time.
Maitake mushrooms are a type of edible mushroom native to Japan, North America, and parts of Europe. They are highly regarded for their culinary use and potential health benefits.
Mushroom extracts are nutrient-rich supplements available in the form of powders or capsules. They are commonly used to reap the potential health benefits of various types of mushrooms safely and conveniently.
Several mushrooms are commonly used in supplements. These are the most popular:
Mushroom supplements should be consumed as directed on the product label or as recommended by a healthcare professional. They are typically taken with water however can also be added to smoothies or food.
When used as directed, mushroom supplements are generally safe for most individuals. We recommend consulting a healthcare professional before taking mushroom extracts, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking any medications.
Research into the benefits of mushroom supplements is ongoing. Most notably, there is some indication that they can support the function of the immune system, promote gut health, and offer anti-inflammatory effects.