Our mushroom blend supplements include seven amazing mushrooms that can enhance a variety of beverages or meals while you support your health
Why take only one mushroom supplement when you can consume a blend with a bunch of healthful mushrooms?
Interested? Meet our Vital Health supplement! This is an example of mushroom blend supplements that pack a ton of mushroom power into easy-to-use powder. It is a part of our mushroom supplement series, allowing you to take functional mushrooms with you wherever you go. Learn more about our mushroom blend supplements below, including the mushrooms that are included in our Vital Health mushroom powder.
What’s in our mushroom blend supplements
Our Vital Health mushroom blend supplements combine seven powerful organic mushrooms into one easy-to-use powder. Below we share information on each of the mushrooms found in our mushroom blend supplements so you can gain a better understanding of each. Remember, all of our mushroom supplements are certified organic and they are created with the fruited mushroom body and not mycelium grown on grain. This way you are getting the benefits of the mushrooms themselves, which have been shown to have higher amounts of healthful polysaccharides like beta-glucans.
Learn about the mushrooms in our mushroom blend supplements
Maitake: Maitake mushrooms (Grifola frondosa) is also commonly known as the hen of the woods mushroom. It often grows in clumped, leaf-like shapes at the base of maples and oaks.
According to Maitake extracts and their therapeutic potential from the National Library of Medicine’s website, “It is a premier culinary as well as medicinal mushroom. Maitake is increasingly being recognized as a potent source of polysaccharide compounds with dramatic health-promoting potential.”
The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs has also commented on maitake, saying, “Maitake is often used to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and make it more effective.”
Maitake is a wonderful mushroom to feature in our mushroom blend supplements.
Lion’s mane: Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus) is an edible mushroom that grows native throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. It has a variety of other common names, including the bearded tooth mushroom, the bearded hedgehog mushroom, and satyr’s beard.
The study Lion’s Mane, Hericium erinaceus and Tiger Milk, Lignosus rhinocerotis (Higher Basidiomycetes) Medicinal Mushrooms Stimulate Neurite Outgrowth in Dissociated Cells of Brain, Spinal Cord, and Retina: An In Vitro Study took a look at neurodegenerative disease, which impacts nearly 100 million people worldwide.
The study states, “Hericium erinaceus is one of the well-established medicinal mushrooms for neuronal health. It has been documented for its regenerative capability in peripheral nerve.”
It continued to say, “H. erinaceus extract at 50 µg/mL triggered neurite outgrowth at 20.47%, 22.47%, and 21.70% in brain, spinal cord, and retinal cells.”
Neurite outgrowth is defined as a process where developing neurons “produce new projections as they grow in response to guidance cues.”
Cordyceps: Cordyceps is a popular mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine for thousands of years. Cordyceps is also known as ‘Himalayan Gold’ because it is grown in the highest reaches of the Himalayas. The “gold” aspect of the name can be from the color of the mushroom, as well as its benefit to the cultures that use it.
According to the study Traditional uses and medicinal potential of Cordyceps sinensis of Sikkim, “Many studies in vitro and in vivo support C. Sinensis having diverse biological activities and pharmacological potential.”
Cordyceps is a wonderful mushroom to feature in our mushroom blend supplements.
Reishi: Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum or Ganoderma tsugae) are delightful to find while foraging in the northeast. You may start finding them as early as in the spring in the northeast, but they won’t be ready to harvest until late July. Reishi is another mushroom that has been used extensively in Asia for years.
One benefit to reishi is their reported antioxidant content. According to the study Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition., “Various components of G. lucidum, in particular polysaccharides and triterpenoids, show antioxidant activity in vitro (Lee et al. 2001; Mau, Lin, and Chen 2002; Shi et al. 2002; Wachtel-Galor, Choi, and Benzie 2005; Yuen and Gohel 2008; Saltarelli et al. 2009; Wu and Wang 2009).
Shiitake: Shiitake mushrooms are often one of the first gourmet edible mushrooms people experience. They contain the umami flavor, which is complex and can involve a savory meatiness. In Japanese the word umami means “essence of deliciousness”. Not surprising, as many mushroom lovers have referred to shiitakes as being delicious.
One benefit of shiitake mushrooms comes from the study entitled The Unexplored Anticaries Potential of Shiitake Mushroom. According to the study, “Various biologically active compounds such as erythritol, copalic acid, adenosine, carvacrol, and many more are responsible for this mushroom's antimicrobial activity.”
Chaga: Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) appears as a black mass which primarily grows on birch trees. It is easiest to find in the winter when the leaves are no longer on the trees. The best places to look for chaga are at higher elevations along streams and rivers where birches are abundant. Old logging roads where trees may have been scraped are also good places to look for chaga. If you can't find chaga growing on a birch ,you can find it as part of our mushroom blend supplements!
Turkey tail: Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), like chaga, is typically not eaten as a food. This mushroom is purely used for its healthful constituents and usually consumed as tea, tincture, or supplement powder. Turkey tail is mainly fan shaped with colored rings ranging from gray to reddish orange.
Turkey tail is a wonderful mushroom to feature in our mushroom blend supplements.