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4 Tips for Choosing High-Quality Mushroom Supplements to Support Your Health*

“Mushrooms are mothering; they represent Earth energy. Mushrooms transform wood and decaying matter into earth and are representative of Earth.”— Susan Hirsch, Gaia Herbs Formulation Manager

They are certainly a delicious delicacy, but mushrooms are much more than just food. In fact, they have been used in traditional herbalism for millennia to help maintain overall good health.* At Gaia Herbs, we have combined this ancient wisdom with modern scientific expertise to create six new high-quality mushroom formulas designed to meet today’s wellness needs.*

Keep reading for 4 tips to help you choose a high-quality mushroom supplement and to find out what quality means to us—what sets our mushroom supplements apart from the fungi field.

Tip #1: Choose Products Made with Mushroom Fruiting Bodies

Each product in our new line of clean, pure mushroom supplements contains only 100 percent mushroom fruiting bodies and nothing else—no fillers, starch, grains, or mycelium—to offer you the strongest wellness support.* Many companies use mycelium in their formulas, a part of the mushroom that simply is not as powerful, as it contains less active beneficial phytochemicals.

Even though mushrooms aren’t plants, rather fungi, let’s compare the two and use plant terms for ease of understanding a mushroom’s anatomy. A mushroom’s “roots” are known as mycelium, while the mushroom itself is like a plant’s “flower.” Its stem grows out from the mycelium underground and pops up above the soil. In addition to a stem, a mushroom has a cap and gills, which can be found on the underside of the cap. The stem, gills, and cap—the parts of the mushroom that are above ground and that we eat—are known as the mushroom’s fruiting body. The fruiting body is the culmination of the entire fungal organism.

Macro of mushroom

People have been using mushroom fruiting bodies for nourishing food and to support well-being for thousands of years.* Even though they did not have the scientific methods to know this then, they were onto something: Recent research has confirmed that the concentration of active beneficial compounds, such as beta glucans, is highest in the fruiting body of the mushroom versus the mycelium.

That's why all of our new mushroom supplements contain only 100 percent organic and sustainably sourced mushroom fruiting bodies. Gaia mushrooms are grown with care in conditions similar to their natural habitats, which guarantees the production of vital biochemical constituents.

Tip #2: Look to the Label for Beta Glucan Levels

It's beta glucans, along with other beneficial compounds, you want from a mushroom supplement. So before you buy one, make sure you know exactly what it offers in this regard.

We use only fruiting bodies in our mushroom capsules and other mushroom products precisely because they provide the greatest amount of beta glucans—and thus deliver you the greatest amount of daily wellness support.*

What are beta glucans exactly? They are a type of complex polysaccharide, aka sugar, found in abundance in the cell walls of fungi. Mushroom beta glucans have been studied for their role in supporting immune health and overall wellness.*1

At Gaia, every single batch of mushroom extract is assured for purity, potency, and integrity. Because of our rigorous quality testing, we can guarantee the beta glucan levels in each formula. Indeed, you will find the amount of beta glucans the product contains right on its Supplement Facts label.

And if you are interested in learning even more, we offer full transparency for all ingredients at meetyourherbs.com, the world’s first herb traceability platform.*

Tip #3: Explore a Product’s Extraction Process

A mushroom’s beneficial compounds are accessed during the extraction process. Thus, the type of process a company uses in the creation of their mushroom products matters—it impacts the product’s potency. Only buy from companies with the knowledge and scientific expertise to ensure efficacious supplements.

Beyond using only mushroom fruiting bodies, every step in the creation of our mushroom formulas is designed to optimize the levels of valuable beta glucans they contain. First, the mushrooms are harvested at their peak potency. Then, the whole dried mushrooms are ground, and the mushroom powder is extracted in hot water—called a 1:1 process—for several hours; they are extracted in this manner two to three times for maximum efficacy. It is during this part of the process that the beta glucans are captured. From here, some of the powerful mushroom extracts are dried and ground back into a powder to be put into capsules.

Reishi in hands

Certain mushrooms—Lions’ Mane, Cordyceps, and Reishi—contain additional beneficial compounds. For these mushrooms, we add another step in the process: ethanol extraction, which brings out these other constituents. When combined with hot water extraction, this is known as dual extraction. After, during the drying process, some mushrooms are concentrated to create stronger extracts with higher levels of active components. Dual extraction ensures optimal bioavailability, absorption, and digestibility.*

Tip #4: Check for Concentration & Capsule Count

No one wants to have to take pill after pill after pill just to get an efficacious dose. When buying a mushroom supplement, check the label to see how many capsules a serving contains—and how concentrated those capsules are.

In our new mushroom supplement line, each 400-450 mg concentrated capsule contains 2,500 mg (or 2.5 grams) of dry mushrooms—delivering 5x-6x strength. That’s why you only need one capsule a day for wellness support, versus two or three with many other brands.*

And while we’re talking numbers, because you get the support you need in just one capsule, each new Gaia product comes as a 40-day supply, while other brands offer just 30 days’ worth per bottle.*

Discover Gaia Mushrooms, Discover the Difference

NEW Gaia Mushroom Products

Discover our six new mushroom supplements—four single-mushroom formulas and two mushroom blends—made with 100% organic fruiting bodies and delivering 5x-6x strength. The capsules are purity-tested, vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and soy-free.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane has long been regarded for its ability to support brain and neurological health.* Our Lion’s Mane Mushroom formula is designed to help maintain mental performance, cognition, focus, and a healthy nervous system.*

Reishi Mushroom

Known as the “mushroom of immortality,” Reishi is valued for longevity support.* This adaptogenic Reishi Mushroom tonic is formulated to maintain a healthy immune system, support heart health, and help your body cope with stress in a healthy way.*

Cordyceps Mushroom

Cordyceps has been traditionally used to manage exhaustion and fatigue, and like Reishi is considered an adaptogen.* This adaptogenic Cordyceps Mushroom formula can help sustain energy and stamina and support the body’s ability to maintain balance when stressed.*

Turkey Tail Mushroom

Turkey Tail is the best-studied traditional mushroom and is prized for its concentration of beta glucans. Our Turkey Tail Mushroom formula offers daily support for healthy liver function, aiding the body’s innate cleansing process, plus natural antioxidant support.*

Respiratory Mushroom Blend

With lung health being more important than ever, it's important to provide your lungs with extra daily support all year long.* Our Respiratory Mushroom Blend of Reishi and Cordyceps can help maintain overall lung and respiratory health.*

Immune Mushroom Blend

With five potent immune-supporting mushrooms—Reishi, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Shiitake, and Chaga—Our Immune Mushroom Blend can help your body build its immune defenses to support your well-being year-round.*

Learn More About Mushrooms

Mushrooms in nature

Want to read more about what makes mushrooms so magnificent? Check out the following articles:

4 Amazing Mushroom Health Benefits for Your Well-Being

Chaga Mushroom Benefits, Usage, and Side Effects

Reishi Mushroom Benefits, Usage, and Side Effects

References
1. Dalia Akramiene et al. “Effects of Beta-Glucans on the Immune System,” Medicina 43, no. 8 (2007): 597-606, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17895634.