Podcast 54: A Beginner’s Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms – Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Cordyceps and Turkey Tail


Have you heard about the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms? Different types of mushroom also offer a variety of benefits to our health and wellness. In this episode, Tony shares the health benefits and science behind some of the major medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, and Turkey Tail. 

Tony Shields is the Co-Founder of Fresh Cap, which sells medicinal mushroom extracts to support immune, mental, and overall health. Mushroom extract contains many beneficial compounds. Two particularly important compounds  are beta glucan and triterpene. They are locked inside the tight cell walls of the mushroom. Thus, if you were to just eat mushrooms, you wouldn’t get a lot of the mushroom’s benefits because our bodies can’t break down the walls of mushroom cells. 

To make the mushroom’s compounds more bioavailable, an extraction process can be performed. The most basic compound extraction is making mushroom tea. You might have heard of Reishi mushroom tea. All you have to do is cut or grind the mushroom and simmer or soak it in water for a number of hours. This will pull out the water-soluble compounds which are great for supporting immune health. However, other beneficial compounds like Triterpenes are fat and alcohol soluble, so they need to be extracted with either alcohol or some fat. As you can see there is a major difference between eating mushrooms and taking an extract and between the extracts themselves. So, before you purchase an extract, take a listen. 

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What’s in this episode?

0:00 Cannabis and CBD Guide

1:38 What’s in this episode? Medicinal Mushrooms

3:05 How Tony became a mushroom grower

5:07 About each mushroom

6:25 Reishi Mushrooms

8:29 How to consume mushrooms

11:01 Mushroom structure

12:52 Mushroom mycelium

13:59 Perfect conditions for mushrooms to grow

14:50 Most popular mushroom: lion’s mane

16:50 Mushrooms used for aging 

17:19 Growing lion’s mane yourself

18:38 Lion’s mane extraction

19:56 Cordyceps mushrooms

22:47 Chaga mushroom

24:30 Turkey Tail mushroom

25:09 Mushroom tea

16:16 Mushroom drink products

27:54 Choosing a mushroom supplement

29:57 Tony’s contact information

What you will learn: 

  • How to consume mushrooms
  • The difference between mushrooms and the extract
  • The different types of mushroom extracts
  • The unique benefits of each type of mushroom
  • What to look for when shopping for mushroom extracts

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