Can You Combine Different Types of Mushrooms?
Welcome to the world of adaptogen mushrooms! Some are all about your brain function. Others are here for your nervous system. Most boost your immune system. All of them are about restoration and regeneration.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Eastern medicine have incorporated medicinal mushrooms for centuries. Mushroom supplements have grown in popularity over the last ten years thanks to modern research's willingness to include mushrooms in studies. The clinical evidence gained in these confirms the historical reverence of functional mushrooms.
Editor's note: Adaptogen mushrooms are also referred to as nootropics. Nootropics are substances or herbs that enhance mental health. A nootropic stack can include more than just mushrooms.
Can you "stack" mushrooms?
Different mushrooms target different areas of the body and mind. One of the most common questions is, "Can you take multiple mushroom supplements at once?" You can and should. When combined or "stacked," mushrooms work collaboratively on your body and mind. Each mushroom brings its unique flair to each combination.
The right mushroom stack for you is about what you seek.
- For an immunity boost, combine Turkey Tail and Reishi.
- To maintain productive focus, combine Cordyceps and Lion's Mane.
- To achieve balanced calm, combine Chaga and Reishi.
- For an energy boost, combine Chaga and Cordyceps.
- To increase cognitive function, combine Lion's Mane and Reishi.
As you can see, the combinations are endless! A blended supplement strategy is a go-to way to consume functional mushrooms. That's part of the reason we launched our Sacred 7 Mushroom Extract Powder.
The Sacred 7 stack
Our mushroom powder is an equal blend of seven real mushrooms: Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, Maitake, Reishi, Shiitake, and Turkey Tail. We recommend a 700mg/day dosage, from which you'd get 100mg of each mushroom.
Three popular supplement combinations are Reishi and Chaga, Lion's Mane and Reishi, and Lion's Mane and Cordyceps. With Sacred 7, you're adding Turkey Tail for immunity, Maitake for energy, and Shiitake for nutrition to these powerful combinations.
We preserve the mushrooms' adaptogenic, longevity-promoting compounds because we use only whole organic fruiting bodies. They're also organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and keto-friendly. You can buy our USDA Organic Sacred 7 Mushroom Extract Powder on Amazon or our website.
So, what does each type of mushroom in Sacred 7 offer?
Chaga mushrooms grow on the bark of Birch trees in cold climates. Per studies in the National Library of Medicine, Chaga is a friend to the immune system and promotes immune function. Rich in antioxidants, Chaga also boosts immunity, fights inflammation, and lowers cholesterol. It may benefit skin tone and texture based on its triterpenes, betulinic acid, melanin, and other unique compounds.
Cordyceps mushrooms are traditionally grown at high altitudes. Another "all-healer" variety, research shows that cordyceps improve energy, stamina, and libido by boosting ATP production. They also help regulate sleeping patterns, are cognition-enhancers, and aid with asthma, per studies in the National Library of Medicine. They are also known to carry beta-glucan polysaccharides, known for their immune system-based benefits.
Lion's Mane mushrooms
A champion of nerve and brain health, Lion's Mane mushrooms contain triterpenes, hericenone, and erinacine. Both affect mental clarity, nerve growth factor, and immune support. Research studies found that it may protect against dementia and reduce mild anxiety symptoms. Studies also prove its gastroprotective properties, especially regarding ulcers, stomach cancers, IBS, and menstrual pain.
Also known as hen-of-the-woods, maitake mushrooms is a popular culinary mushroom superfood in addition to being a part of the Sacred 7 blend. Maitake mushrooms also contain polysaccharides that can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) without affecting good cholesterol (HDL) levels. A practical solution in diabetes management, maitake is also proven to lower blood sugar levels.
Reishi is consistently used in dietary supplements and extract powders of medicinal mushrooms thanks to its health benefits and neuroprotective properties. Research links Reishi mushrooms to white blood cell production, which helps fight infection. In addition to immune function and cognitive performance, Reishi mushrooms support gut health. A 2017 study even found evidence that Reishi suppresses breast cancer cell growth.
A deliciously gourmet variety, Shiitake is one of the best mushrooms attributed to longevity through research. Like Reishi, it boosts white blood cell production and high-quality immune function. Similar to Maitake, Shiitake mushrooms support healthy blood glucose levels. It's also high in Vitamin D2, copper, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Turkey Tail mushrooms
Turkey Tail mushrooms grow on stumps and decomposing wood and turn decay into medicinal gold. High in antioxidants and loaded with prebiotics to support gut health, Turkey Tail is even linked in various studies to helping specific cancer treatments. It's a powerful wellness tonic in traditional medicine.
We only understand a fraction of the power mushrooms holds. The network of mycelium connecting not just fungi but also trees and plants is a great natural system. We learn more daily, powered by work from mycologist pioneers like Dr. Andrew Weil and Paul Stamets. It's a great time to consider functional mushrooms in your routine.