Mushroom Tea vs. Medicinal Mushroom Gummies:- If you’re new to the concept of medicinal mushrooms, then you have come to the right place. First off, a very warm welcome from the Troop team! We believe medicinal mushrooms are the perfect choice for those looking to enhance their health and well-being by incorporating a little help from Mother Nature herself. None of those nasty chemical-filled health solutions for us; thank you!
Once you’ve decided to add mushrooms to your health regime, the next step is deciding how to consume them, a puzzle most newbie-shroomers face. The problem is medicinal mushrooms can be enjoyed in so many forms, from powders to teas and even gummies (mushroom-infused jelly chews!), that it can be confusing as to which one is the most appropriate form for you. To remedy this shroomful-conundrum, we will look at two common options most mushroom lovers prefer, mushroom tea and mushroom gummies.
Both these options are excellent ways of ingesting, absorbing, and enjoying the amazing health benefits of medicinal shrooms. However, each method has its pros and cons, which, if understood, makes the decision process much smoother and will help you decide which option is best for you.
What Is Mushroom Tea?
You’re probably thinking, “It’s tea made from mushrooms!” Duh! After all, that’s obvious, right? And you would be correct. But far from hauling some button mushrooms out of the fridge and plunking them in some hot water, this tea is not made from any old fungi.
Instead, mushroom tea is made from ancient medicinal mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Reishi, or a combination of them all! These mushrooms are often referred to as “functional mushrooms,” which means they provide a specific health benefit to the body—benefits such as supporting brain health, managing stress, and most are super antioxidants.
How Is A Cuppa mushroom Tea Made?
Mushroom tea is relatively simple to make. Simply steep the dried or raw mushrooms in hot water, allowing them to brew for approximately 10-15 minutes. The hot water breaks down the chitin (insoluble fiber) containing active compounds. When these are released into the hot water, it makes it easier for your body to absorb. Other methods of making mushroom tea include using a mushroom extract or mushroom powder.
Pros And Cons Of Shroom Tea
Mushroom tea has amazing health benefits, depending on the type of mushroom you select to make your cuppa. Below are some mushroom examples and the benefits they provide.
- Reishi mushroom tea – good for sleep and relaxation
- Turkey Tail mushroom tea – good for boosting immunity and relieving stress
- Lion’s Mane mushroom tea – good for brain health/protection
Steeping your shrooms in hot water is an excellent way to extract their goodness and release the active compounds into the water, ready for you to sip and enjoy. Most shroom-connoisseurs enjoy the relaxing process of making and drinking delicious mushroom tea.
Mushroom tea can be bitter and, in most cases, is an acquired taste, meaning tea is not always on top of the mushroom supplement shopping list. Furthermore, our busy lifestyles don’t always allow sitting down for a relaxing cuppa during the day. As a result, a more convenient way of enjoying the benefits of the medicinal shroom has been discovered; enter the center stage, the age of mushroom gummies!
What Are Mushroom Gummies?
We thought you would never ask! Mushroom gummies are the proverbial new kid on the block. These tasty, fruity gummies are infused with mushroomy goodness, which conveniently masks the taste of the bitter medicinal mushrooms they contain. You could call them candy for adults because they look like candy and taste like candy but are filled with wholesome, active mushroom ingredients!
How Are Shroom Gummies Made?
Active mushroom ingredients from mushrooms like the Reishi, Turkey Tail, or Lion’s Mane are blended with a substrate (base) made from Topica syrup, organic cane sugar, and other tasty natural ingredients. This creates a delectable mushroom goop which is poured into gummy molds, left to set, and then bottled once the mushroom gummies have formed! Yum!
Pros And Cons Of mushroom Gummies
There are so many pros to taking mushroom gummies that it’s going to be hard to list them all. But, starting with convenience, mushroom gummies are portable and can be taken to the office or gym or slipped into your handbag or briefcase.
Taking the correct dosage of mushroom gummies is easy; just follow the recommended dose noted on the label. They are also a great tasting alternative to bitter mushroom teas and are excellent for those who struggle with swallowing powders or pills. Simply pop a shroom gummy into your mouth, chomp, chew and repeat!
There are none. Okay, so there may be one we should mention, but it’s a small one! Because some mushroom gummies contain sugar, those with sugar sensitivity (diabetes) should consider gummies with lower sugar levels or those made with sweeteners (sugar-free).
The Final Spore-ful
The choice between your preferred method of medicinal mushroom indulgence boils down to the last spore, personal choice. If you enjoy the art of traditional tea making, then mushroom tea is for you! However, if you don’t have the time but are looking for great tasting shroomful goodness, then it’s mushroom gummies all the way!