Choosing the Right Mushroom Supplements

In today’s marketplace, choosing the right supplement can be fraught with many points of uncertainty. Do I ‘need’ to use supplements? Do I ‘want’ to take supplements? What would I take a supplement for? What is safe for daily use? What about contaminants? I’ve been hearing a lot about contaminants. How do I know that the label accurately reflects the contents of the bottle? And why would I want to take a mushroom supplement? Wouldn’t eating them in a salad or on a pizza be enough?

Lets start at the beginning. Do I need to take supplements? That depends on what your diet is like and what your constitution is like. If your daily diet consists of foods with a rainbow of colors, then you are on the right track. If not, you might consider a supplement to add to the range of nutrients you are consuming. But how about your body’s basic functioning? Do you feel sluggish? How about stressed out? Often these are just a few of the various ways our bodies can be out of balance. And supplements might be a support in a number of ways.

We are going beyond the regular supplements, we are going to consider one of the original super-foods, mushrooms. There is a lot of research on how various mushrooms can support health and wellness. Literally hundreds of research studies and articles detail the beneficial actions of mushrooms on various body systems*. However, eating a raw mushroom is not the place to start. In fact, in order to receive any benefit from a mushroom, they first need to be cooked. And the fruitbody, the mushroom cap, is just the tip of the iceberg. The mycelia, or rootlike structure of the mushroom, is also supportive. So whole mushroom products that have been prepared correctly can be a convenient way to reap the benefits that mushrooms can offer.

What can mushrooms offer? The research suggests that appropriately prepared mycelia and fruitbodies can support immune functioning*. This is important because our immune systems help protect us 24 hours a day, every day of our lives. And we need more balanced immune support as there are increased reports of immune system imbalances every year. But what else? What makes mushrooms as superfoods warrant daily consumption? Mushrooms have been researched and found to be supportive of a number of other systems in our bodies. Lion’s mane mushroom has been known to support memory, concentration, cognitive functioning and our nervous system throughout our whole bodies*. Reishi has been known to support our cardiovascular system and adrenal adaptation to stress and longevity*. Cordyceps has been known to support graceful breathing, energy and athletic performance*. Research on Chaga suggests it can help balance the immune response in our lungs, our skin and in our digestive tract*. And then if you put them all together in a formula, you can basically support your whole body with a whole mushroom supplement*.

It is important to make sure mushroom products are effective, and of the highest quality. Currently, US organically-grown mushrooms are the best option. Host Defense grows mycelium and fruitbodies right here in the US, and employs independent laboratories to test our mushrooms for identity, purity, composition and strength. We have the cleanest record in the industry. This is a great time to consider if a Host Defense mushroom mycelia product is right for you, to support immune functioning and potentially every system of your body*.


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This information was provided by the educators at Host Defense Mushrooms