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Parasol's Quick Guide To Functional Mushrooms

A Quick Guide To Functional Mushrooms

Functional mushrooms, also known as medicinal mushrooms or adaptogenic mushrooms, have been used for centuries in traditional medicine for their health-promoting properties. This at-a-glance guide to functional mushrooms will help you pick the right ones for you.

These powerhouses contain unique bioactive compounds that have been shown to boost immunity, improve brain function, and even fight cancer. *

What do I do with them?

DIY Dual Extract: Grind dried mushrooms into a powder and steep in high-proof alcohol for several weeks. Strain and use as desired.

Tea: Steep dried mushrooms in hot water for 20-30 minutes. Add honey or other sweeteners as desired.

Powder: Add mushroom powder to smoothies, soups, or other recipes.

Read our DIY guide to getting all the benefits of mushrooms

Guide to functional mushrooms - Cordyceps


Cordyceps are a rare and highly sought-after mushroom used for centuries in traditional medicine to boost energy and athletic performance, improve respiratory and immune function, and enhance cognitive function.*


  • Boosts energy and stamina
  • Supports immune system function
  • Improves lung function and respiratory health
  • Enhances athletic performance and endurance
  • Promotes cardiovascular health & oxygenation
  • Supports liver and kidney function
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • May help regulate blood sugar levels
Guide to functional mushrooms - Lion's Mane

Lion’s Mane

The shaggiest of functional mushrooms, this brainy looking character contains bioactive substances that have beneficial effects on our bodies, especially brain, heart, and gut.*


  • Enhances cognitive function and memory
  • May help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress
  • May improve mood and reduce anxiety and depression
  • Supports nerve health and regeneration
  • May improve digestive function
Guide to functional mushrooms - Reishi


Reishi aka the Queen Healer is a powerful mushroom that has been long consumed in foods and drinks to help reduce stress. Reishi is known as the “mushroom of immortality”.*


  • Boosts immune system function
  • Promotes relaxation and reduces stress
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • May help improve sleep quality and reduce fatigue
  • May help regulate blood sugar levels

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.