Wellness

6 Mushroom-Based Products Worth the Hype

Ready to try the trend? Choose one of these products.

From coffee and hot chocolate to pills and powders, mushroom supplements are everywhere. Made from shrooms with funky names like turkey tail, reishi, and lion’s mane, these products utilize fungi you won’t find in the produce aisle and are best consumed in supplement form. Their list of reported benefits includes immune support, inflammation reduction, and mood balance. Also called functional or medicinal mushrooms, they’ve been popular in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.

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“The evidence on mushroom supplements is limited and mixed,” Bazilian says. Outside of cordyceps, few studies have been done. Like any supplement, Bazilian recommends finding products that are GMP-certified, do third-party testing, and don’t have many “extras,” such as additives or binders. For food-based mushroom products, read the ingredient label and nutritional panel, just like you would any food. Also, make sure you enjoy the taste, Bazilian says. “Then you’re more likely to consume it frequently enough to see if you do experience any of the benefits you’re hoping for in the first place!”

GTs Alive Adaptogenic Tea

GT’s Alive Adaptogenic Tea | $4/bottle

This sparkling tea hits the spot for an afternoon pick-me-up. Adaptogenic mushrooms reishi, chaga, and turkey tail (said to fight free radicals and oxidative stress) are combined with loose-leaf tea, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. Available in six flavors (Pu-erh Root won the taste test).

Gaia Herbs Immune Shine

Gaia Herbs Immune Shine | $40/28 servings

Five potent ingredients, including chaga mushrooms and astragalus (a foundational herb in Chinese medicine) make up this supplement powder. It’s meant to support your immune system, healthy cell growth, and overall wellness, and has a mildly sweet, earthy taste, great for stirring into coffee.

Now Cordyceps Veg Capsules

NOW Cordyceps Veg Capsules | $26/45 servings

These GMP-certified capsules deliver pure cordyceps, which have both energizing and adaptogenic properties, meaning they help the body adapt to stress by scavenging free radicals, supporting the immune system, and promoting healthy vascular function—a great benefit for runners.

Om Mushroom Hot Chocolate

Om Mushroom Hot Chocolate Blend | $20/10 packets

Luxurious organic Dutch cocoa is blended with 2,000mg of lion’s mane, reishi, chaga, and turkey tail mushrooms, plus ashwagandha, to help you focus and de-stress. The blend is sweetened with natural products and tastes delicious in your favorite milk—try it hot or cold.

Four Sigmatic Coffee with Lion's Mane

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Ground Coffee with Lion’s Mane | $20/16 servings

This coffee won’t leave you in a midday slump, thanks to added chaga and lion’s mane mushroom powders, which deliver focused energy and immune support. The dark roast can be brewed and enjoyed like any coffee, with no hint of mushroom flavor.

FX Chocolate Defend

FX Chocolates Defend | $40/30 pieces

This new dietary supplement contains reishi mushrooms blended into an artisanal chocolate bite. Each square contains 250mg of GanoUltra, three individually extracted strains of full-spectrum organic reishi mushroom, to help deliver sustained energy, immune support, and mind/body resilience.