All About Medicinal Mushrooms

Boundless energy, bulletproof immunity, and a calm, collected composure in the face of a heaping inbox: this is the modern wishlist. There are some things that just can’t be solved with a third cup of coffee, and turning to a glass of red wine at the end of a demanding work day isn’t exactly the healthiest habit. Enter medicinal mushrooms -- a healing source that can help you move closer to these contemporary longings, verified by thousands of years of use in eastern medicine. What’s the best mushroom for you? We’re taking a look at 7 of our favorites.

Think of Reishi as your daily dose of balance -- it’s exactly what you need for that calm, collected feeling we’re all looking for. By lowering cortisol levels, reducing blood pressure, and relieving the effects of stress, Reishi is ultra-balancing and can lead to transformational mental clarity alongside strengthening the immune system. 

Incredibly high in antioxidants and nutrients like zinc and B vitamins, Chaga is the mushroom to reach for when you’re in need of a serious immunity boost. 

Look to Cordyceps while training for a half-marathon or as a sidekick to an intense workout -- it’s known for enhancing athletic performance and serving as a source of natural energy, all while helping the body handle stress. With inflammation-fighting properties to top it all off, you might find cordyceps to be a great addition to your morning routine. 

Lion’s Mane
A nootropic, Lion’s Mane naturally enhances memory, sharpens focus, and inspires creative thinking, which means it’s a great aid for any overflowing to-do list. 

Brimming with antioxidants, Shiitake mushrooms support the cardiovascular system by helping the body maintain healthy circulation, blood pressure, and immunity. Sautéed in olive oil with some garlic and a touch of salt and pepper, these mushrooms have a light, smoky flavor that’s great paired with brown rice or a pasta dish. 

Translating to “dancing mushroom” in Japanese, Maitake supports the digestive system while lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. It’s also rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins B and C. 

Turkey Tail
Named for its resemblance to, you guessed it, a turkey tail, this mushroom works to boost the immunity and feed the good bacteria in the gut.