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How to Shop for a Mushroom Supplement

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 You’ve heard about the benefits a mushroom supplement can provide and you’re ready to add one to your dietary routine. From lion’s mane to reishi to shiitake to cordyceps to turkey tail, choosing a mushroom extract for your wellness can be confusing. When you start shopping, you may realize how difficult it is to find the product that’s right for you. There are so many options out there, that it’s hard to know which to trust without medical advice.

This article will explain what to look for in a mushroom supplement so you can simplify your shopping experience.

Choose the Right Mushroom

Most mushroom supplements contain a blend of various mushrooms. However, there are some that feature only one mushroom. 

Do some research to determine the benefits different mushrooms provide. Choose the certified organic mushroom supplement that contains the mushrooms you feel are suited to your health needs.

Decide Which Form of Mushroom Supplement is Right for You

Common forms of mushroom supplements include:

  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Tinctures
  • Dried powder
  • Tea
  • Mushroom gummies

Convenience will be a factor in determining which is right for you. Tablets, capsules, gummies and tinctures are easy to take. They don’t require preparation. You may even take them on the go.

Teas and powders require preparation, but you may enjoy adding them to your dietary routine. They also typically contain whole mushrooms as opposed to an extract. Whole mushrooms provide more balanced nutrition for your well-being.

Purity is a Concern

A mushroom supplement is likely to contain more than just mushrooms. Some are fortified with additional nutrients. On the downside, they may also contain fillers, binders, preservatives, sweeteners, and flavorings.

Ensure your supplements are pure by working with a brand that uses organic ingredients. Brands that do lab testing will provide proof that the supplements are free from contaminants. Lab tests should be included on their websites.

Extract Ratios Matters

Extract ratios indicate how much of the whole mushroom body is used to make the supplement. The best products will have ratios that range from 12:1 to 15:1. They will also contain at least 30% beta-glucan.

Find the Best Brands

Research ahead of time to ensure you choose a mushroom supplement brand you can trust. Look at customer reviews to find out what other people are saying about the product. Choose a brand that does lab testing.  A known brand name is more likely to provide a quality product.

Beware of Drug Interactions

Drug interactions are more contingent on the type of mushroom you choose than the supplement brand. For example, reishi and chaga mushrooms interact with blood thinners. Reishi may also interact with blood pressure and diabetes medication.

People on medication should talk to a healthcare provider before taking a mushroom supplement.

Pay Attention to Dosage Recommendation 

Mushroom supplements are available in various doses. Dosage recommendations will vary depending on the mushroom type. It’s best to start at lower doses and work your way up as needed.

However, eventually, you will want a supplement that provides the dosage you need without taking multiple pills a day. Look at the label information to ensure you can conveniently get an adequate dose.

Shopping for a mushroom supplement can be confusing. But if you research beforehand, you will find a product that is suited to your needs. Consider purity, mushroom type, supplement form, and possible interactions.

We wish you a stress-free shopping experience. To learn additional tips, read about selecting the best mushroom supplement for your health.