Medicinal Mushrooms vs Culinary Mushrooms - What's the Difference?
by Alex Heining on Oct 12, 2022
Why're there mushrooms floating in my smoothie?
It's a wild world we live in today, and the face of healthy eating has changed dramatically. Mushroom superfoods have exploded back into the fold the way they did for thousands of years before, and now are even being used for medicinal function. That doesn't mean we can't cook with them though, right?
On the surface, medicinal mushrooms are meant to be used for therapeutic purposes while culinary mushrooms are meant to be eaten. However, there really is no true differentiator to classify a mushroom as either culinary or medicinal because many mushrooms can be both. Shiitake and Cordyceps are two good examples. Generally speaking, mushrooms with the most profound therapeutic properties are considered medicinal.
It is true that some mushrooms are used primarily for cooking because of the flavors and proteins they offer, but even those most basic mushrooms may contain enzymes that could be considered "medicinal" to some degree. Beyond that, a handful of mushrooms are purely medicinal simply because they have incredible support properties for your daily function.
Why are Medicinal Mushrooms Useful?
Simply put, they offer a ton of different supportive properties for your daily function. Depending on what you're aiming to get out of using medicinal mushrooms, different blends of supplements and gummies can help you get through your day much faster, including properties like:
- Gut health support
- Increased focus
- Elevated energy
- More restful sleep
- Heart health support
- Better stamina for fitness
Now, not all medicinal mushrooms are going to offer the same support. You want to get the ones in your diet that'll help your specific needs the most and the quickest.
Take a look at our mushrooms list here if you want to learn a bit more about what makes each medicinal mushroom different.
Do They Taste Good?
Depends on the mushroom and if you're planning on cooking/drying them out.
Luckily, mushrooms have now been introduced to powder forms and gummy concoctions that allow for a more fun, tasty flavor while still offering potential health benefits. Gummies open the door for you to implement these nutrients seamlessly into your diet, while powders give you a quick supplement to protein shakes, fruit blends, and more.
This allows you to take them on the go, and also avoid how cumbersome they can be when eating them raw or in less condensed forms. However, gummy ingredients still remain all-natural when you find the right brand. No preservatives, highly processed, or unnatural additions to the blend.
Do Medicinal Mushrooms Get You High?
No. Medicinal mushrooms will not get you high. These fungi are prized for their therapeutic properties, but they will luckily not leave you inebriated or intoxicated. Unfortunately, a lot of people do confuse "medicinal" mushrooms with "magic" mushrooms, which are mushrooms often taken for their hallucinogenic properties. However, the two are not related and their effects are nothing alike.
Since the pair are so closely associated and linked unnecessarily, the potential benefits on the medicinal side may be something you glaze over. Don't let anything you perceive about magic mushrooms impact giving functional, medicinal mushrooms a try.
Are Medicinal Mushrooms Legal?
Yes. Medicinal mushrooms are completely safe. Mushrooms that are listed as an illegal substance contain psilocybin or psilocin, which are hallucinogens and come with volatile risks.
Additionally, mushrooms may offer psychoactive support, such as helping you feel more focused or less anxious, but they do not cause intoxication and are considered generally safe for most people. Therefore, they are not illegal or restricted.
What is a “Safe” Quantity to Take?
While there aren’t any major health risks that the majority would be at risk to, you don’t ever want to give your body too much excess nutrients. For example, if you were taking vitamin-b supplements, you wouldn’t take enough to make up for a lack of it the past three days. You’d aim to give yourself the daily value consistently over the next week or so in order to recover.
The same could be said for medicinal mushrooms. Prepare your diet and nutrient intake to prepare for the sudden uptick of which values you’re targeting in order to allow your body to acclimate accordingly. It’s best to speak with a doctor in any case with supplement use to ensure that you are on the right track.
Mushrooms Use In Culinary Practices
Similarly to medicinal usage, you don’t want to overdo mushroom usage in culinary practices. Keeping your cooking consistent with nutrients while also not overwhelming the flavors is crucial.
Eating Mushrooms Quickly
Now, cooking with mushrooms is all well and good, but it can be greatly time-consuming. Additionally, the shelf life of mushrooms is brief when you store them raw, so you’re going to want to add them to your cooking plans sooner rather than later.
The best way around this is finding highly-concentrated supplements with these mushrooms in the form of nootropics.
What are Nootropics?
Nootropics are natural (or in some cases, synthesized) forms of supplements designed to aid your brain health, memory, improve your focus, elevate your energy, and more. These can be found in the forms of simple supplements like caffeine, or in more specialized forms, like medicinal mushroom gummies.
Which Nootropics are Best for Me?
This will all depend on what you’re looking for in desired results. For example, if you’re looking for better results on the treadmill, you might look into the endurance properties linked with Cordyceps. These can be game changers when creating natural growth for yourself, and taking your results to the next level.
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