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.*
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.*