Mushrooms are nutrition powerhouses, but some varieties, like Reishi, pack an extra punch.
In addition to being chock-full of antioxidants, this Queen Healer mushroom is known to support hormonal balance, digestive health, and immunity.
The multi-tasking fungi also has nootropic qualities, meaning it may be able to enhance cognitive abilities like memory, learning, and thinking.
Wondering how to use this mood-boosting, brain-enhancing ingredient and reap the benefits of Reishi mushrooms?
Here’s the best way to consume Reishi mushroom — in food and drinks.
Ways to Use Reishi Mushroom Powder
You can technically eat fresh Reishi mushrooms, but they’re hard to find and not particularly palatable, thanks to their bitter flavor profile.
Reishi powder is a convenient way to take these potent mushrooms because it’s easier to dose accurately and mix with food and drinks.
Aside from the nutritional benefits of these healthy fungi, consuming Reishi also comes with mood-balancing and concentration-boosting benefits.
For Mood Balancing
Adding a Reishi mushroom supplement into your daily routine offers a number of potential health benefits.
Because it’s an adaptogen, Reishi helps support nervous system activity and mental well-being.
Adaptogens are beneficial compounds that act on the central nervous system, protecting you against the effects of stress, which can influence your overall well-being. The better you can cope with stress, the more zen you’ll feel. When your body is primed to respond appropriately to stressors, you can get rest a little easier — literally. And quality sleep is a must-have for balancing out your mood.
One study involving 48 people with breast cancer undergoing hormone therapy found that participants reported improved anxiety levels and quality of life after taking Reishi.
And though Reishi isn’t a replacement for traditional mental health therapies, research from 2021 even suggests it may have an antidepressant effect.
Like with any dietary supplement, consistency is key to seeing benefits, which is why you should add these mushrooms into your daily routine. You might also find it helpful to combine Reishi with other known mood boosters like exercise, yoga, and a well-rounded diet.
How can you tell it’s working? Try journaling or keeping a log of your mood from day to day.
For Concentration Support
Evidence also suggests that Reishi may have neuroprotective effects and an ability to support brain function — likely thanks to the triterpenes found in Reishi mushrooms.
How does Reishi help out with focus?
The magic may be in its fatigue-reversing effects.
One older study from 2005 found that participants who took Reishi daily for 8 weeks had lower fatigue scores than the placebo group.
Having more energy and less fatigue makes it easier to focus on tasks and maintain concentration.
Beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber found in Reishi mushrooms, may help regulate blood sugar levels, which can help prevent dips in energy throughout the day.
Our Reishi powder contains organic Reishi mushroom extract hand harvested from China and hot water extracted. And there are no added fillers, starch, grains, or mycelium. Each serving contains 700mg of beta-glucans.
While there’s no hard evidence that timing will make a difference, consuming Reishi in the morning may help maximize your focus throughout the day.
You can also combine your daily Reishi mushroom ritual with other focus enhancing habits like getting plenty of sleep (for most people, that means a full 8 hours), exercising regularly (get those endorphins for added mood-improving effects), and hydrating throughout the day.
Keep a log of how you feel to get a sense of what Reishi dosage and timing works for you.
How to Use Reishi Mushroom Powder
You can take this powder as a daily Reishi mushroom tea, add it to your favorite morning smoothie recipe, or even mix it into sweet and savory recipes.
Our Reishi mushroom powder pairs well with chocolate and coffee, so you can easily mix it into hot chocolate or lattes. Just mix 1 to 4 teaspoons with your preferred morning beverage.
You can also use it to cook a variety of sweet and savory functional foods such as:
- Spiced Apple Reishi Granola
- Reishi Banana Bread
- Queen Healer Bread
- Savory Reishi Broth
Find these recipes and more in the Moon Juice Manual.
Reishi also shows up with other potent ingredients in:
- Cosmic Cocoa™: a nourishing and decadent mushroom hot chocolate powder for libido, mood, and skin.
- Spirit Dust®: a blissful adaptogen and herb supplement that targets stress and helps relieve irritability to calm and brighten mood.
- SuperPower®: an immune support vitamin and supplement with a clinical strength blend of 4 immune fundamentals, including Beta-glucans from organic Reishi to help modulate immunity.
Here’s our favorite way to drink Cosmic Cocoa™:
- 2 tbsp Cosmic Cocoa™
- 8 oz Almond milk
- Warm the milk. Blend on high. Sip away.
Research suggests Reishi mushrooms have a range of brain benefits, including mood-balancing and concentration-boosting properties. These antioxidant-packed fungi help support the nervous system so it’s ready to deal with stress head-on, making it easier to sleep soundly and wake up feeling happy and refreshed.
The neuroprotective effects of Reishi mushrooms also prevent fatigue and support cognitive function, helping with alertness and focus.
From AM to PM, Reishi’s got you covered.
Whether you are looking to give your immune system an added boost or you're just looking for a nutritional supplement to support your overall health and wellness, our collection of supplements offer a variety of dried Reishi mushroom products to get you started. Discover our wide selection of adaptogen and mushroom powder supplements today.
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