Powdered mushrooms go a long way to boost the brain’s functionality, aid in hormone secretion, offer mini-vaccine against stress, and reduce inflammation. Treating them as sidekicks helps you realize small but incredible health benefits you would not find elsewhere.

Mushrooms are fungal living things consumed in most parts of the world. Medicinal mushrooms are often not consumed wholly but are grounded into fine powder. Nonetheless, many people still dread the very thought of adding mushroom powders to drinks, including coffee. You need not fear anymore; Eastern medicine has clearly shown that mushrooms can offer phenomenal turbo-shots to your body. Of course, these health benefits may seem less significant, but you are sure to find them nowhere else.

Nature’s wonders: mushrooms have unprecedented medicinal value

While the thought of taking mushrooms for medicinal value may not be widely popular, some regions of the world, including the Eastern parts, have benefited from mushrooms in this sense. It’s as simple as adding a mushroom powder spoonful to anything you are taking, whether it’s stir-fry, coffee, tea, a cup of java, or just anything of your liking. The good news is that medicinal mushrooms are indeed helpful for the human system and perform small but critical roles.

The ultra-trendy Los Angeles latte is one among the many most popular forms in which you can enjoy medicinal mushrooms. While Western studies might be limited in this context, there is no harm in trying these nature’s wonders. Note that each mushroom has its own unique medicinal advantages; none is a cure-it-all. However, all these benefits add to the overall wellness. Still, rest assured to boost your total antioxidant count (TAC), boost the brain, help with hormone secretion, provide a mini-vaccine against stress, ward off inflammation, fight some forms of cancers, and experience many other health benefits by taking these medicinal mushrooms in their powdered forms. Here are our best picks for medicinal mushrooms that will leave your system turbo-charged and ready to face different health obstacles.

i.                    Shiitake

Shiitake mushrooms are among the best. Although some people eat them, they are often added to myco botanicals for medicinal purposes. They have a wide range of benefits to the body, including supporting a healthy weight, boosting blood circulation, and increasing the body’s total antioxidant count. As if that’s not enough, these mushrooms are loaded with powerful compounds that help them strengthen the immune system. Studies also suggest that they have an anti-inflammatory potential, which is why Asians widely use them to treat/manage several inflammatory conditions.

ii.                 Chaga mushroom

Chaga mushroom, also called Chaga conk, is yet another type of mushroom whose powder you would like to explore for medicinal value. Studies show that the chaga monk is rich in a range of powerful antioxidants, specifically polyphenols. In the modern world, polyphenols are recognized to be effective immune boosters, which is why adding Chaga monk to your cup of java will go a long way to benefit your immune system. Besides, these mushrooms are rich in betulin and betulinic acid, two compounds revered for their anti-cancer properties.

iii.               Reishi

Reishi mushrooms are favorably called ‘nature’s Xanax’ or ‘the queen of mushrooms.’ There are several explanations for this, including the fact that this type of mushroom plays critical roles in the female reproductive system, including boosting hormone secretion and maintaining hormonal balance. Besides, they also help keep the immune system in check, as well as helping with weight loss. As if that’s not enough, reishi mushrooms will help you get better sleep, and you will not go wrong with them. Last but not least, these mushrooms will help sharpen memory and mental abilities; hence always recommended for the older fellows whose memories are fast failing.

iv.               Lion’s Mane

Lion’s Mane are nootropic fungi, meaning that they can effectively boost memory and brain function. Although they look shaggy, their white color is irresistibly beautiful. Powdered Lion’s Mane mushrooms are often added to tea, and taking such beverages leaves you focused and better equipped to handle challenging tasks. In fact, some studies also indicate that Lion’s Mane may help boost cognitive ability and slow down dementia and other neurodegenerative complications that are sure to develop as one advances in age. Additionally, you can take these mushrooms to boost your bones, teeth, and ligaments’ density.

v.                  Cordyceps

Cordyceps are technically not mushrooms passe, but their fungal nature makes them fit in the same category as mushrooms. They grow in northeast India, specifically in a region called Sikkim. Nonetheless, they have become popular worldwide, especially because of the bioactive compounds with which they are packed. Cordycepic acid, cordycepin, and polysaccharides are just but three of such health-promoting compounds in these caterpillar fungi. One study found that taking cordyceps extracts helped boost the activity of the immune natural killer cells, an indicator of improved immunity. This was followed by increased expression of anti-inflammatory markers and antioxidants, further proving that cordyceps may play a critical role in the human defense system.

vi.               Maitake

Are you looking for a perfect addition to boost your well-being? Maitake mushroom powder might just be what you need. These mushrooms play a range of health-promoting functions, including supporting the brain and the heart, the body’s most critical organs. Besides, several Western studies have unleashed enough evidence to prove that maitake mushrooms are great boosters for the immune system. Research shows that D-fraction, a compound found in maitakes, takes the cake for most of the health benefits associated with maitakes. Extracting and blending these mushrooms produce wonderful elixirs that you can add to tea or any drinking, and rest assured to turbo-charge your entire system.


Medicinal mushrooms go a long way to turbo-charge your immune system. They help with several functions, including boosting the body’s total antioxidant count, manufacturing anti-inflammatory markers, promoting hormone secretion and contributing to hormonal balance, and helping with weight loss. Shiitakes, maitakes, Chaga conks, cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, and reishi are among the top mushrooms that will boost your immune system.

Monika Wassermann is a doctor and a freelance writer based in the UK who lives with her cat Buddy. She writes across several verticals, including life, health, sex and love, relationships and fitness. Her three great loves are Victorian novels, Lebanese cuisine, and vintage markets. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to meditate more, weightlifting, or wandering around in town.

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