The Beginner’s Guide to the Best Mushrooms for Health*

The best mushrooms for health*

Did you know there are literally tens of thousands of species of edible mushrooms? With so many to choose, how can you narrow down the best mushrooms for health?* It’s tough, but we selected some of our favorites to share with you. Read on for a beginner’s guide to the best mushrooms for health.*

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)

  • As an adaptogenic mushroom, it helps your body naturally adapt to stress.*
  • Chaga is sometimes called “the king of mushrooms.”
  • It also supports healthy inflammatory function and contains antioxidant properties, thanks to its high melanin content.*
  • It’s traditionally used to support the skin, immune system, healthy digestion, and the body's natural cleansing processes.*
  • Chaga is at risk of being overharvested, so always look for a reputable source committed to sustainable growth and harvest.

Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris)

It's no doubt Cordyceps would make our list of best mushrooms for health.* It's certainly one of our favorites!

  • Cordyceps is a little fiery orange mushroom, but it has a big story.
  • It also is an adaptogen, supporting a healthy response to stress, as well as energy and stamina.*
  • In traditional Chinese herbalism, it is used to support Qi (vital energy).*
  • Traditionally Cordyceps was used to support healthy stamina and energy levels (including at the cellular level), lung health, sexual health, and kidney health.*
  • Mushroom Revival is the largest Cordyceps mushroom farm in the Western Hemisphere.
  • We are also the only Cordyceps farm that’s Certified Organic. (We use our own mushrooms to make our Organic Cordyceps tincture.)

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

  • Traditionally, Lion’s Mane has been used to support the digestive system.*
  • Lion’s Mane also goes by Pom Pom Mushroom, Monkey Head Mushroom, and Brain Mushroom.
  • Lion’s Mane is traditionally used to support memory and cognitive function.*
  • It offers nourishment for the brain and supports the production of nerve growth factor.*
  • Lion’s Mane grows in North America, and if you find a fresh one, it’s quite tasty as a chicken or fish substitute.

Maitake (Grifola frondosa)

  • Maitake supports liver health and healthy blood sugar levels already within normal ranges.*
  • Traditionally, this mushroom was used to maintain nervous system health, healthy digestive function, immune health, and cardiovascular health.*
  • Other names include: dancing mushrooms and Hen of the Woods

Meshima (Phellinus linteus)

  • Meshima provides antioxidant support.*
  • This mushroom is also an adaptogen.*
  • It looks like a black hoof, and that’s one of its common names, too.
  • Meshima is traditionally used to support women's health, healthy immune function, and cellular health.*
  • It’s most commonly found on mulberry trees in Asia.

Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa)

  • Traditional uses include support for occasional anxiety and healthy sleep.*
  • This mushroom promotes healthy immune function and has adaptogenic qualities.*
  • Poria Cocos grows underground.
  • It’s traditionally used to promote healthy sleep, normal and healthy hydration levels, healthy sleep and relaxation, nervous system health and memory, and normal stomach function.*

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

  • Reishi promotes well-being during seasonal changes and offers support to help you stay active as you age.*
  • It’s traditionally used to support the immune, cardiovascular, and nervous systems; liver and kidney health; and healthy sleep and relaxation.*
  • Reishi is another adaptogenic mushroom that supports your body’s natural stress response.*
  • Known as the “10,000-year mushroom,” Reishi has been traditionally used for longevity.*

Check out this podcast for a deeper dive into why Reishi is one of the best mushrooms for health and longevity.*

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)

  • Shiitake mushrooms contain B vitamins and vitamin D.
  • These mushrooms also have adaptogenic qualities.*
  • They are traditionally used to support immune, liver, and cardiovascular health.*
  • As the second most-studied mushroom in the world, more and more evidence is coming out to support Shiitake's place as one of the best mushrooms for health.*

Tremella (Tremella fuciformis)

  • Tremella is a jelly fungus that can hold up to 500 times its weight in water.
  • This mushroom is used to support Qi in traditional Chinese herbalism.*
  • Tremella promotes healthy bones and skin health.*
  • It is known for its vitamin D content.
  • Tremella also supports the immune system, cellular health, lungs, kidneys, and liver.*
  • Tremella is traditionally used to promote healthy skin, support memory, a healthy metabolism, and bone health.*

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

  • Turkey Tail makes the list of best mushrooms for health because of the great support it offers for the GI tract.*
  • It grows on evergreen trees in temperate forests around the world.
  • Turkey Tail is traditionally used to support the liver and immune system.*

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