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April 16, 2021 4 min read

So you’ve heard medicinal mushrooms promise a whole host of health benefits and want to get in on the action. Good on you! Even better, you’ve come to a reputable medicinal mushroom UK seller. But now you’ve got a menu of medicinal mushrooms in front of you, you’re not sure which you should take. That’s where we can help. Check out our quick guide below to the best medicinal mushrooms for strengthening the immune system, stress relief, exercise performance, brain health and inflammation.


Best medicinal mushrooms for immune system

Reishi is considered one of the best medicinal mushrooms for its immune-boosting qualities. Known as the ‘mushroom of immortality,’ it has long been a staple in Eastern medicine and used to strengthen every aspect of the immune system by:

  • Maintaining healthy blood pressure
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Battling infections
  • Improving digestion & gut health
  • Alleviating feelings of depression
  • Improving quality of sleep

You may also be interested to hear about Chaga mushroom immune defence benefits. Chaga is thought to boost the immune system by reducing long-term inflammation and supporting the body in fighting harmful bacteria and viruses. It also promotes the formation of good cytokines - a type of protein that regulates the immune system and white blood cells to help fight all sorts of viruses and infections.

In addition to medicinal mushrooms, we highly recommend Mountainlife Shilajit for boosting the immune system. Have a read of our blog: Shilajit Immune System Benefits to find out more. Shilajit can be taken alongside medicinal mushrooms and is often blended with Chaga to create a coffee-like concoction. 


Best mushroom supplement for anxiety & stress

If you are looking to alleviate feelings of anxiety and stress, you need an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a non-medical term for a herb or mushroom that supports the body in coping with stress.

Several medicinal mushrooms can be described as adaptogens but one of the very best is Cordyceps. This mushroom increases our adaptability and resistance to fatigue, stress and anxiety by stimulating the adrenal glands and regulating the nervous system.

Reishi is another anti-anxiety remedy, helping to regulate cortisol (the stress hormone) and promote general calmness.

Medicinal mushrooms for energy

Need a pick-me-up? Cordyceps Militaris is an effective medicinal mushroom for stimulating energy. It’s also thought to help the body utilise oxygen more effectively and improve blood flow. For these reasons, Cordyceps Militaris supplements are often taken by athletes to support their overall exercise performance.

But that’s not all! Cordyceps Militaris powder has also been found to speed up post-workout recovery. So if you’re looking for the best medicinal mushrooms for exercise and fitness, Cordyceps is the one for you.


Medicinal mushrooms for the brain

Lion’s Mane is one of the best medicinal mushrooms for improving brain health. It contains 2 compounds, hericenones and erinacines, which stimulate bioprotein (a nerve growth factor) and myelin (insulation for nerve fibres), both necessary to good brain health.

While you’d be right to describe Lion’s Mane as brain food, nerve growth isn’t its only function. Lion’s Mane also reduces beta-amyloid plaques. These are fatty membranes that form around nerve cells, interfere with neurotransmission and are closely linked with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 


Best medicinal mushrooms for inflammation

Chaga mushroom extract is rich in antioxidants, known to fight free radicals and reduce inflammation. It combats oxidative stress (a cause of skin ageing) and has even shown signs of slowing cancer growth.

We mentioned earlier that Chaga helps to form good cytokines to improve immune response but it also works as an anti-inflammatory by preventing the production of bad cytokines. These are the proteins that trigger excessive inflammation and are closely associated with chronic diseases, like Arthritis.

How to take medicinal mushrooms

Mountainlife Medicinal Mushroom powders are made from 100% natural and Di Tao sourced mushrooms. The finely milled powders can be stirred into hot water to create a mushroom tea or mixed in your favourite smoothie. Wondering how much medicinal mushrooms to take? We’d suggest starting with ½ tsp of Mountainlife mushroom powders daily.

For extra health benefits, we also stock high strength Chaga, Cordyceps Militaris, Lion’s Mane and Reishi extract powders. These 10:1 extracts are very potent and are tested to confirm they contain at least 30% polysaccharides and 20% beta glucans. Take ¼ tsp (roughly 1g) daily.

Not sure which medicinal mushrooms to try first? How about going for one of our mushroom blends, offering a whole host of health benefits. The Mountainlife Mushroom Complex 8 is available as a powder or capsules. It contains 8 medicinal mushrooms: Chaga, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps Militaris, Maitake, Shiitake, Tremella and Oyster, all of which are Di Tao sourced from China (except Chaga, which is Siberian sourced.)

Take ½ tsp (roughly 2g) of the Mushroom Complex 8 Powder daily or 1-3 capsules spread throughout the day. You’ll get the most benefits from taking the medicinal mushroom capsules 30 minutes before meals.

Do medicinal mushrooms work?

Please note that although medicinal mushrooms do work to boost our physical and mental health they are not a cure-all. Medicinal mushrooms are still considered fairly new to Western medicine, so you won’t find an awful lot of scientific research. Having said this, we've linked to relevant studies on our product benefit pages and, personally, believe the evidence lies in their thousands of years of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other ancient practices.

As responsible sellers, we encourage you to read our guide to medicinal mushrooms, do your research and ask as many questions as you like! We’re always happy to chat about the best medicinal mushrooms to meet your needs. Drop us an email info@mountainhealth.com to speak to our founder, Thomas.

Megan Hunt
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