If you want the considerable nutritional benefits as well as the earthly, meaty flavor of a dietary mushroom without having to, you know, look at mushrooms on your plate, there is hope. And in this case, hope comes in the form of mushroom powder. And luckily, there are plenty of options for what kinds of mushroom powders you can buy.
Made from dried or dehydrated mushrooms that have been reduced to a fine powder, these products are sort of supplements, sort of spices, sort of condiments, but also something totally unique to themselves. They are also extremely versatile, and can be mixed easily with breakfast foods like omelets, used as seasoning for steaks, tossed into pasta sauce, and even blended into dog food (for your pet, not you).
No matter how mushroom powders are used, they provide many of the benefits of mushrooms – even benefits from dietary fibers.
7 of the Most Popular Mushroom Powders on the Market
Among the powders containing the most common and popular mushroom varietals – reishi, chaga, lion’s mane, porcini, turkey tail, magic, Cordyceps, and shiitake – which dried mushroom powders are the best? Here’s the brands that are getting a lot of love from consumers.
1. Naturealm “Sacred 7” Mushroom Extract Powder (Amazon)
Made of up of seven different kinds of mushrooms (lion’s mane, reishi, maitake, cordyceps, shiitake, turkey tail, and chaga), Naturealm’s powder says it is gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and third party tested. You can add it to your coffee, tea, smoothie, and shakes, and with over 230 5-star reviews this mixture is a promising intro to mushroom powders.
2. Thrive 6 Powerful Mushroom Extract Powder (Amazon)
Containing a mixture of lion’s mane, reishi, cordyceps, chaga, turkey tail, and maitake, Thrive’s offering promises many benefits. The only ingredients they list are mushroom extracts – no unnecessary fillers stated. Plus, they’re all certified organic: according to the company, their mushrooms are “cultivated naturally in greenhouses and shade-houses, with constant fresh air, natural light and fresh water,” and without use of agricultural chemicals.
3. Terrasoul Superfoods Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder (Amazon)
Terrasoul Superfood’s powder has almost across-the-board five star reviews on Amazon . Take a look at the ingredient list and all you’ll see is organic lion’s mane, which research says may help boost memory. If you’re wondering how to use this powder, one customer suggests: “I take this in the evening after dinner with warm hemp or coconut milk.”
4. Microingredients Organic Red Reishi Mushroom 100:1 (Amazon)
Micro Ingredients describes their red reishi powder as “a bitter, edible mushroom also know as Ganoderma lucidum or lingzhi mushroom. They are grown and cultivated in East Asia, where they have been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years.”
And as for their quality, they say their red reishi powder has “no additives, no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners, no fillers, no soy and [is] gluten free.” Mix it in tea or toss it into a smoothie for a wholesome dash of mushroom powder.
5. Genius Mushrooms (Amazon)
If you don’t want to take your mushroom powder in pure powder form, Genius Mushrooms offers this pill option! Their blend of lion’s mane, cordyceps, and reishi powders is put into pills that are reasonably priced and highly rated.
Just take it from this reviewer: “You CANNOT get better than this. I was so excited to see this supplement released by Genius. I’ve been looking for a really good mushroom supplement but have been finding that it’s hard to find a quality mushroom supplement. When I saw this product I knew it would be 100% true to its name/brand. This product is such a good deal at the price they sell it at. I love this product.”
6. JetSu Mushroom Extract Powder (Amazon)
If you really have no idea which kind of mushroom you want to take, look no further than this mix from JetSu that boasts a whopping ten different mushroom types. In addition to the usual suspects, they also add agaricus blazei, enoki, and polyporus mushrooms for a diverse blend of mushroom powders.
This reviewer raves: “If you are looking for a quality energy and health enhancing product, I’d say give your $21 a chance here. I take it twice a day in coffee, the cordyceps in it overtakes much of the flavor so it is a lot like chocolate.”
7. Happy Wholefoods Power Potion (Amazon)
Described as a “supercharged blend of 8 organic mushroom extracts,” the Power Potion contains oyster mushrooms in addition to the other ones found in most of the blends on this list. According to the USDA, Oyster mushrooms contain riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and dietary fiber, as well as protein, thiamin, folate, iron, and magnesium.
This mix even comes in a reusable glass jar with bamboo lid and eco-friendly wooden spoon that’s perfect for the 1 gram serving size. Toss it into your morning beverage, and enjoy!