Adaptogenic mushrooms of the "medicinal" variety and their prepared supplements are very popular these days as people reach for ways to maintain healthier lifestyle practices.
Medicinal supplement formulas are typically available in different forms as a powder, liquid or capsule, these are supplemental options that concentrate myco-nutrients into a convenient to take and easily absorbed format.
The formulation process can utilize the mushrooms at different life stages. This may include the mature fruiting body (the actual mushroom), the initial white thread-like mycelium biomass and/or the primordia (or young mushroom formation).
Commercial brands can vary, using one stage type or a number of combinations. Many likewise have their own distinct extraction methods and proprietary blends that are often made from many medicinal species.
While all species in this mushroom category can offer a diverse array of potential health benefits, one thing that they all have in common is their capacity to encourage natural immune support. This is especially the case when consumed on a regular basis over a period of time.
The reason why mushroom supplement formula manufacturers frequently blend many different varieties into their extract formulas is because they are claimed to work synergistically to assist optimal immune responses. (*)
Maintaining a healthy immune system can be our best line of defense against illness and provide a preventative healthcare approach to overall long-term wellness.
These fungal allies can come in handy for such purposes because they all contain unique immune-supporting substances like the polysaccharides known as beta-glucans (ß-glucans).
Beta-glucans are specifically absorbed in the gut where they work with the gut-associated lymphatic tissue (GALT), a major component of immune functions. (*)
Different than common β-glucans you might find in cereal grains like oatmeal, these types of fungi are composed of highly structured beta-glucan molecules complete with branching side chains and other attached species-specific compounds studied for their enhanced biological activities.
As dietary nutraceuticals,
these mushroom types and their beta-glucan diversity can offer
adaptogenic immune-modulating influences for fostering optimal immune
powders or liquids might be a helpful supplemental option to have in
your botanical pharmacopeia for stirring into hot drinks or adding to
soups or sauces.
Most blends have a pleasant umami flavor that go well in recipes and provide a savory element.