There always seems to be a new trending ingredient to try or superfood to know about. Mushrooms are certainly nothing new, but their popularity has grown a lot in the last few years. You’ll find with your morning coffee; you can now request an extra spoonful of mushroom powder. What exactly is it about this collection of fungi that has everyone’s attention? Today we will be focusing on the benefits of mushroom powder and what exactly it’s used for.
What is mushroom powder?
Mushroom powder is exactly what it sounds like, mushrooms ground into a fine powder. Depending on the reason you are buying a mushroom powder will determine the type of mushrooms you will find in the blend. For example, medical mushrooms are a selection of fungi known for delivering impressive health benefits. The main difference compared to these mushrooms and culinary mushrooms is the fact you should only consume medical mushrooms in powder form and neither raw nor whole.
The most common types of medical mushrooms found in supplements are, lion’s mane, turkey tale, shiitake, and reishi to name a couple. All of which are loved by many for their impressive benefits, such as improving cognitive function, boosting energy levels and stamina, and leaving a positive impact on the brain function and general health and wellbeing.
It is thought very easy to include mushroom powder into your diet, it can be added to anything you plant to bake or cook and mixed with something as simple as salad dressing to add extra seasoning as well as added benefits. Bearing in mind, that the flavour of some medical mushrooms aren’t as palatable as other culinary mushrooms. This is when a powder supplement in a capsule form will be the most effective. Although this may feel a little overwhelming, considering there is a huge variety of different mushrooms, there aren’t a lot of options available when it comes to mushroom powder. Finding the best powder for you will require you to take some time researching which mushrooms will help achieve your health results, then checking the ingredients list on the packaging.
Another word of warning, I would suggest you consult with a doctor if you are wanting to add a mushroom powder into your diet, as natural as the source is, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Now we have had a recap of what mushroom powder is, let’s dive in a little deeper and find out more about what it can be used for.
How do you use mushroom seasoning powder?
There are many ways of using mushroom seasoning powder, from adding a sprinkle into soups, using them as a rub to season meat or vegetables. With the powder consisting of a superfood, the number of vitamins and nutrients mushrooms contain will be added into your dishes, leaving you with a beneficial and tasty supper.
The beauty of a mushroom seasoning powder is the fact the blend contains an array of different mushroom types, some are for flavour, the other for health benefits. You’ll often find medical mushrooms such as, shiitake, and chaga are mixed with flavourful porcinis and chestnuts. Another benefit of using seasoning powder. It is believed that 40g of powder equates to 400g of raw mushrooms, meaning you are receiving as supercharged boost of benefits.
What can you mix with mushroom powder?
There is a vast number of different dishes and foods that can be mixed with mushroom powder, the most popular being coffees and teas. As for other supplements, it is thought best to consult with a doctor or medical professional to ensure you won’t counteract the benefits of each supplement. As I have already mentioned, you must consult with a GP if you are wanting to introduce a mushroom powder enriched with a high volume of medical mushroom extracts. This will avoid any side effects, especially if you are taking medication for certain health conditions such as blood pressure, or if you are suffering from conditions such as Chron’s disease.
What are the benefits of mushroom supplements?
Medical mushrooms and powder supplements contain a huge number of benefits, the main ones being as follows.
- Helping to boost immune support
- Each extract is packed with high levels of antioxidants
- Helps to balance and maintain good blood sugar levels
- Boost cognitive and brain health
- Increases energy and stamina
- Helps to support the development and health of the nervous system
- Reduces inflammations and risk of reoccurring inflammation anywhere in the body
Each medical mushroom delivers its own unique health benefit; however, you will often find potent blends of 6 of the most effective mushrooms. These mushrooms are often,
- Lion’s Mane
- Turley Tail
And some additional, but not as commonly used, maitake, oyster, tremella, and agaricus. If you wanted to know more about super 6 mushroom complex, you can find out more over on our blog post.
What are the side effects of mushroom powder?
Bearing in mind, that side effects and reactions to mushrooms are quite uncommon, it is important you are aware of these symptoms to help you determine whether you should avoid taking mushroom powder. Reishi mushroom for example, is one of the most popular medical mushrooms, but it should not be taken consistently for longer than a year. If you are taking reishi extracts you may find you suffer from the following, dry mouth, dizziness, stomach upset, and nausea. These side effects will often occur once you have taken reishi for over 15 years so remain mindful if you have started introducing a supplement into your routine. Don’t hesitate if you have any questions or concerns about taking mushroom powder, to firstly contact your doctor. This is the easiest and safest way to ensure you continue using the best supplement that will deliver optimal results. If you have any further questions, come, and find us on Instagram for more, you will find one of our health experts in the direct messages ready to answer any questions.