If you’ve investigated consuming more mushrooms for good health. you’ve heard about medicinal mushroom extracts and powders.
Unlike many mushroom powders you’ll find in grocery stores. these capsules aren’t for adding flavor to food.
Sure, you could use your mushroom powders in plenty of delicious recipes.
But capsules are a convenient alternative- no mess, no fuss no prep- mushroom power on-the-go!
Mushroom capsules (nope, not magic mushrooms). are a seamless way to reap all the amazing benefits of mushrooms.
WHAT ARE MUSHROOM CAPSULES?
As you already know, some mushrooms are edible, some mushrooms are medicinal. and others might kill you.
Of all edible mushrooms, some are great for tossing into a stir fry or side dish.
Shiitake, portobello, white button mushrooms, porcinis. and plenty of other varieties taste great so it’s easy to incorporate them into your meals.
Other mushrooms, but. have higher quantities of phytonutrients and antioxidants- but their flavor isn’t so appealing.
Reishi, turkey tail, chaga, and many others known as functional. or medicinal mushrooms due to their elevated levels. of beta glucans and other important nutrients.
Instead of fresh. you can buy extracted versions of these medicinal mushrooms that stuffed into capsules.
You could also buy fresh or dried mushroom powders and make the capsules yourself!
These mushrooms contain no psilocybin. so you won’t experience any hallucinogenic effects: good health and immune-supporting potential.
With medicinal mushroom capsules. you can add beta glucans, potassium, B vitamins. and important antioxidants to your supplement routine.
WHAT ARE MUSHROOM CAPSULES MADE FROM?
Not all mushroom powders and capsules are the same.
If you are looking to actually get the benefits of mushrooms. you need to choose extracts made from the whole fruiting body.
Cheaper varieties made from a different part of the mushroom called mycelium.which grows in rice grain- so the final product only contains trace amounts of the substances you want. and high levels of starch.
In high-quality mushroom powders, the raw mushrooms dried and extracted with hot water. then turned into a fine powder through a process called “spray drying”. The end result is a potent mushroom powder that contains. all the beneficial compounds you’d expect in a mushroom supplement.
WHAT ABOUT THE CAPSULES THEMSELVES?
Again, it depends on who you buy your mushroom capsules from.
Some brands will use cheap capsules made from any type of gelatin available — could be beef. pork, or vegetable-based.
Best bet is to look for products with capsules made from pullulan.
Pullulan is a substance made from fermented tapioca. It’s gluten-free, starch-free, and can found in organic and non-GMO varieties.
Not only that, but pullulan is vegan, halal, and kosher.
Pullulan also helps keep your mushroom extract. safe from degrading under sunlight and oxygen.
ARE MUSHROOM CAPSULES ORGANIC? VEGAN? KETO?
Now that you understand what goes inside mushroom capsules. what about specific dietary needs?
As for the capsules themselves. it depends on the manufacturer’s guidelines and what the capsules made from.
Vegetarian capsules aren’t vegan. or halal since it could have made in a facility that processes pork products.
For the mushroom powders, again, it depends.
Look for organic seals of approval on mushroom products.
At FreshCap Mushrooms, for example, all mushroom products made from the whole fruiting body. certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and made from organic pullulan capsules.
Mushrooms are also an excellent ingredient for keto and paleo diets.
With extracts, you’ll consume concentrated versions of the mushroom. making your mushroom capsules super low-calorie and perfect for all diets.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
The best mushroom capsules made from organic mushrooms and pullulan capsules.
Keep an eye out on ingredient lists to avoid fillers like brown rice, mushroom mycelium on grain, or wheat.
Some brands will also add what’s called a flow aid.
Have you ever tried to pour flour or cocoa powder into a cup? It doesn’t exactly flow, does it?
Some manufacturers add flow aids to improve the capsuling process. There isn’t anything wrong with flow aids- but the extra ingredients are something to be aware of.
you don’t always know what you’re consuming with flow aids so it’s best to avoid them if you can.
Likewise, because something is vegetarian, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
Bottom line- look for organic mushroom capsules that don’t contain any hypromellose. silicon dioxide, or microcrystalline cellulose.
6 TYPES OF MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR IN CAPSULES
While all mushrooms are excellent for health and antioxidants. functional mushrooms have more bio-available polysaccharides and antioxidants for immune support.
1. TURKEY TAIL
Turkey tail is one of the most popular mushrooms for supporting the immune system.
Much of the research into mushroom anti-cancer properties have investigated. the beta glucans of turkey tail and their effects.
2. LION’S MANE
Lion’s mane mushroom is most used for brain health- mental clarity, focus and memory.*
Lion’s mane may also help repair and defend against nerve damage.*
As a bonus, many people also claim that Lion’s Mane has a calming effect. * Lion’s mane is one of the few medicinal mushrooms that is also a delicious gourmet variety. So if you can find it fresh and like to cook, this mushroom deserves to be at the top of your list.
Chaga doesn’t look like much of a mushroom- but don’t let it fool you.
Chaga is pack with anti-oxidants and other immune boosting properties.*
A favorite fungi among athletes, cordyceps look much different than a traditional mushroom.
But, this funny looking mushroom may help boost stamina. by improving how oxygen is deliver throughout the body.*
Most of the research into maitake supports its ability to lower blood sugar levels. and bolster the immune system.*
Maitake is also an tasty gourmet mushroom- so it can be enjoy in meals. if you’d rather get your functional mushrooms that way.
Reishi is a stunning mushroom most often used for promoting better sleep. protecting the immune system. and defending against heart disease.*
Reishi is bitter and has a woody texture. Needless to say, Reishi is best “enjoyed” in capsule form.
WHOLE FRUITING BODY VS. MYCELIUM ON GRAIN: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
If you are considering buying mushroom supplements. pay close attention to the actual ingredients.
Some manufacturers have a habit of using. “mycelium on grain” rather than the whole fruiting body.
What does that mean?
Manufacturers grow the mycelium on pieces of grain- like brown rice, rye, oats. or other cereal grains.
Mycelium is the vegetative part of the mushroom. that you wouldn’t even recognize as a mushroom or fungus if you saw it.
Instead, you want mushroom powders made from the whole fruiting body.
That’s the part of the mushroom that creates spores. It also holds more bio-available antioxidants and phytonutrients.
High-quality manufacturers will extract vital nutrients from the whole fruiting body. with hot water dry the powder, and encapsulate it.
Your body can’t break down certain pieces of the mushroom cell walls. so hot water extraction is necessary.
When companies stuff their products with mycelium on grain. not only are you getting fewer nutrients but most of your product is brown rice filler.
Manufacturers don’t extract the mycelium from the grain, they grind all it up together and capsule it.
Mycelium can go by many names including cultured oats. freeze-dried brown rice, or mycelial biomass.
Bottom line- you want mushroom extracts that are actually made from mushrooms. so be sure to read the ingredients!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MUSHROOM CAPSULES
If you’re a DIY-er, you can buy organic mushroom powders made from the whole fruiting body. a package of capsules, capsule machine, and make your own.
You can also buy fresh or dried mushrooms and toss them into a coffee grinder to make your own powder.
While it’s easy to make your own capsules, it’s also super time-consuming.
You have to
Separate your capsules (top and bottom)
Fill each side of the capsule maker
Add your mushroom powder
Spread into the capsules
Use a device to pack the capsules
Add more mushroom powder and spread again
Pack the capsules again and continue until they’re full
Put your finished capsules away and clean up
Don’t have time to do this every week? No problem.
FreshCap Mushrooms offers premade capsules filled with our Thrive 6 special blend. of all six medicinal mushrooms mentioned here along with pullulan capsules.
MUSHROOM CAPSULE DOSING GUIDELINES
Most people consume between one half and two grams of mushroom powder extract each day.
In practice, this amounts to one to four capsules.
but, your dosage depends on your personal health. needs and any medical condition you wish to treat.
As always, you should contact a healthcare professional to discuss. how much mushroom powder you should take each day and which species might be best.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Think of mushrooms like nature’s multi-vitamin.
While it’s easy to add more mushrooms to your diet. it’s even easier to reach for a bottle of mushroom capsules made from organic mushroom powders.
Mushroom Blend Information
Directions For Use
Is This Product Organic?
Our mushroom blend as well as all other products aresourced.
What Is The Fruiting Body? Is It Different From Mycelium?
What you woul recognize as a mushroom. It’s fleshy and contains spores.
Usually grows aboveground or on the surface of its host – like a tree or old log.
Made up of a stem, cap, and gills. It’s what you might eat in a culinary dish.
The main body and feeding membrane of a mushroom.
It grows underground or within the host plant.
Think of it like the ‘roots’ of the mushroom.
Is Antioxi’s Mushroom Blend Made Up Of Fruiting Body Or Mycelium?
All mushroom besides Lion’s mane, Reishi & Cordyceps are fruiting body extracts.
For more information please visit the individuals mushroom pages.
I’m Confused — What’s The Difference Between The Raw Mushroom, The Powder And The Powder Extract?
Here’s a simplified summary of each:
Raw mushroom = the whole mushroom.
Mushroom powder = dried mushrooms — ground into powder. Goes into giant pressure cookers – that pre-digest the cell walls.
Mushroom powder extract = dried mushrooms — ground into powder. The powder with water/alcohol, so that the medicinal compounds can be extracte. A spray dryer removes the liquid – leaving you with a fully-active powder.
Antioxi’s Mushroom products are powder extracts. Here’s why that’s beneficial to you. The long-term cooking process allows for… 1. Better control over the mushroom’s medicinal properties that remain in the final product. So your quick intake can go a long way. And improve your health. 2. Beta D Glucans can be up to 15 times more concentrated in powder extracts – compared to powders. So you can benefit more natural immune-boosters. 3. Easier access for your body to the medicinal goodness. And easier absorption too.
Should I Get The Mushroom Blend Capsules Or The Powder? Which Is Better?
They’re both the same. Only their forms are different.
The powder = mushroom powder extract.
The capsules = mushroom powder extract – in capsule form.
So it comes down to your personal preference.
Don’t mind taking tablets with a good ol’ glass of water? → By all means, get the capsules. Prefer to mix powders in your smoothies, tea, coffee etc? → Then go for the powderedversion.
Either way – you’ll enjoy thesamemedicinal benefits!
How Are The Nutrients Extracted From Mushrooms?
put — during the extraction process, the mushroom’s nutrients are dissolve as much as possible. This can be done with…
-Both (Double Extraction)
Antioxi’s mushroom products have a water-based extraction as well as some mushrooms. such as lion’s mane and Reishi requiring a dual extraction. For more information, please visit the individual mushroom pages.
Where Are The Mushrooms Sourced From?
We’re open about our mushrooms being source from China. In fact, in China mushroom usage has a rich history. Going on a 1000 years! You see – in Europe, it wouldn’t be doable (re: climate, economics, resources). to grow *genuine* mushrooms for supplements.
And remember: all products have been teste for elements such as heavy metals. No toxins here. If you ask, we’re happy to send the lab reports.
Is It Safe To Consume This During Pregnancy?
If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive we recommend consulting your doctor before taking the mushroom blend. The same applies to any of our products. be safe!