Mushroom Tinctures: How To Benefit From Them

The popularity of medicinal mushroom tinctures is on the rise, but what are the benefits and how should you use them? By understanding the basics, you'll be able to choose the tincture that's right for you

What are the bioactive ingredients in mushroom tinctures?

As explained by pioneer mycologist Jeff Chilton, the key active compounds of medicinal mushrooms are:

  1. Beta-glucans, which support immunity, and are considered to be antibiotic and antiviral.
  2. Triterpenoids, which are found to be liver protective, lipid lowering, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and inhibit histamine release.
  3. Ergosterol, which has antitumor and antioxidant properties, and is a precursor to Vitamin D2.
  4. Statins, which, in high doses, have the ability to lower cholesterol.

And this is just what we know so far. More biologically active compounds are constantly being discovered, opening up a wide realm of possible therapeutic uses for medicinal mushrooms.

What's better - fruiting body extracts or mycelium extracts?

Many highly-regarded mycologists and research scientists believe making mushroom extracts from fruiting bodies is the most efficacious, natural, tried-and-true method to extracting supplements. This is because, they say, the mushroom supplement being extracted is 100 percent mushroom-based—thus, the end supplement is of a higher quality, offering a concentrated form of glyconutrients and other medicinal mushroom constituents. Not to mention the accumulated knowledge of generations of healers that have worked exclusively with mushroom fruit bodies

What do mushroom tinctures taste like?

Most mushroom tinctures have a slightly earthy flavor. Some species, like Reishi, have a slightly bitter aftertaste.

What is the best way to take mushroom tinctures?

Tinctures are meant to be taken orally and you can ingest them any way you choose! You can put the tincture directly under your tongue, add it to your favorite beverage, or put it into soft foods (like soups, sauces, or even salad dressing!)

Is there a best time of day to take mushroom tinctures?

It really depends on the desired effect. If you are taking tincture for focus, energy, or immunity, morning is best. If you are taking tincture for relaxation or sleep, taking with dinner is best.

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