Mushroom Extracts

Mushroom Extracts

Mushroom extracts are rich in nutrients and contain a diverse array of antioxidants, as well as immunomodulating beta-glucan compounds.

What are mushroom extracts?

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.

Types of mushroom extract and their benefits

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 mushroom

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.

Turkey tail mushroom benefits

  • Fortifies the immune system
  • Helps maintain healthy gut bacteria
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Potential antimicrobial effects which could help combat infections

Lion’s mane mushroom

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.

Lion’s mane mushroom benefits

  • Improved cognitive function
  • Digestive health
  • Immune system support
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

Reishi mushroom

Reishi mushrooms have a distinctive appearance, coloured reddish-brown and kidney-shaped. These are some of the potential benefits. 

Reishi mushroom benefits

  • Immune system support
  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Decreased fatigue

Chaga mushroom

Chaga mushrooms grow on the back of birch trees in cold climates, including parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. 

Chaga mushroom benefits

  • Antioxidant properties
  • Promote gastrointestinal health
  • Skin health when used topically
  • Antiviral and antibacterial properties


Cordyceps mushrooms are identifiable by their long, stalk-like appearance and have been used in traditional medicine for some time.

Benefits of cordyceps

  • Increased energy and anti-fatigue effects
  • Immune system support
  • Attributed to respiratory health
  • Rich in antioxidants

Maitake mushroom

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.

Maitake mushroom benefits

  • Immune system support
  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Potential anti-inflammatory effects

Mushroom extracts FAQs

What are mushroom extracts?

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. 

Which mushroom extracts are commonly used in supplements?

Several mushrooms are commonly used in supplements. These are the most popular:

  • Reishi mushrooms
  • Lion’s mane mushrooms
  • Chaga mushrooms
  • Cordyceps mushrooms
  • Maitake mushrooms
  • Turkey tail mushrooms

How should mushroom supplements be consumed?

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.

Are mushroom supplements safe?

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.

What are some mushroom supplement benefits?

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. 

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