🍄 Medicinal mushrooms
Medicinal mushrooms are everywhere right now - from anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory to anti-cancer effects and everything in between. There seems to be no end to this fabulous fungus. But how do you find a good mushroom supplement? Turns out it's pretty difficult.
Just to remind you, I am not a nutritionist, herbalist or any other IST and I'm also not receiving any compensation for any products mentioned.
Mushroom supplement benefits:
There are a whole host of reasons why mushrooms are good for us. There are several hundred different types and I am going to wayyy oversimplify what I’ve read:
All mushrooms are high in anti-oxidants, fibre, minerals B & D vitamins and low in calories and fat.
I stumbled across this diagram which is a great summary of when to take what:
👨🍳 Mushroom supplements
As with all supplements, the best thing to do is to actually introduce a variety of mushroom foods into your diet. Shiitake, grey oyster etc. should be relatively easy to come by in Ireland but I struggled to find any in supermarkets this week. Anyone found any? It’s best to cook mushrooms with fats like butter to help absorption.
I found a good selection online here (available in Ireland). They are not certified organic but I did reach out to the owners and they did assure me that no pesticides etc. are used.
🤔 How to choose a mushroom supplement?
Mushroom supplements are an absolute minefield and it's too easy to pick a cheap sub-standard product. In fact, I would guess most of the products I looked at did not meet the below criteria.
Here’s a checklist of what to look out for:
💊 Best mushroom supplement brands
So many companies are selling mycelium on grain, the cheap part of the mushroom which contains the least amount of medicinal value mixed with grains. Amazon for example, are full of these types of supplements.
For this reason, I have chosen the true pioneers of mushroom supplements, owned by inspiring leaders in the field.
Which mushroom supplement?
Yeah yeah i know, life is really busy, which of these? Difficult to say but I've outlined some thoughts below.