Mushroom Supplements

A lot of people take mushroom supplements due to factors such as personal belief, medical reasons due to doctor recommendation, cultural belief and such.

The goal of this blog is not to discuss the benefits of mushroom supplementation since we are in no position to provide scientific data of any sort but to warn the end user of supplements of the different types “powders” that are out there supposedly of top quality and made of 100% Cordyceps or 100% Lion’s Mane or 100% Reishi and such.

There is nothing better than the fresh mushroom (fruit body) that’s grown. Most of the time the fruit body is what provides the full benefits that are sold as part of the supplementation.

What you need to know is that there are entities taking advantage of “eat better / be better” to sell stardust as opposed to what’s really advertised.

Let’s continue by using the Lion’s Mane mushroom supplementation example but most other mushroom supplements follow this same principle.

Lion’s Mane powder is a well known and used mushroom supplement. Mostly in powder or pill form. This is a mushroom that historically has been associated to brain function enhancer or nerve regeneration mushroom.

Commercially, selling Lion’s Mane harvested from nature is not viable, The answer is to grow indoors in big quantities so it becomes commercially viable.

Here are the three methods that we know of that people use to make Lion’s Mane supplementation aka powder. Ideally you should pay attention to the bottle labelling and even contact the company to ask questions before buying.

  • Lion’s Mane powder made of mycelium.

The mycelium in a nutshell is the root system of the mushroom. Basically the mushrooms roots are grown in liquid (mix of water and sugar). This allows the roots to grow at a very fast pace. The “roots” mycelium is then dried and put in powder format. This method allows the manufacturer to completely skip the fruiting stage. It means no need to go through any of the steps to actually grow the mushroom. This may have some of the properties or benefits but not all.

  • Lion’s Mane powder made from grain and other ingredients.

Commercially Lion’s Mane is grown mostly on sawdust and grain. There are tons of recipes to grow Lion’s Mane commercially but it needs a substrate to feed on. The supplementation you take could in fact be a powder made of Lion’s Mane mycelium (root), hopefully some fruit body (the mushroom) but also a portion of the substrate. This means you are not taking only Lion’s Mane but also sawdust and oat or wheat or rye grain and perhaps some other things that were used in the recipe to make the substrate. This method of doing allows the manufacturer to fill up bottles faster.

  • Lion’s Mane powder made from the fruit body (mushroom).

This is the way Lion’s Mane powder should be made. It is a time consuming process usually in terms of weeks and there is a cost involved in producing fruit body (mushroom) but the real benefits of supplementation as you may have guessed by now will come from the fruit body (mushroom) and not grains and other ingredients.

So next time you want to buy supplementation pay close attention to the labeling on the bottle. If it doesn’t clearly state how the powder or pill was made you can contact the manufacturer and make sure you are in fact paying for 100% fruit body in powder format as opposed to consuming grains and other unknown ingredients used in the substrate.

What we like to do at MushroomHobby is to sell on occasion the fruit body in dried format. 

Once it’s in powder format we have no way of validating for sure what we’re buying but seeing the mushroom in the package is proof that we’re not paying for some type of grain in our supplementation or other ingredients. All that’s left is to process the dried mushroom and make our own powder if that’s what we want.

Properly researching the products and relying on well known and local brands will be key in getting proper supplementation.