The Magic of the Mycelium

Posted: July 1, 2024 | By: Shanon Peckham

Ancient Origins

Mushrooms have been used medicinally for many years by cultures around the world to help treat a variety of conditions. Though we most often associate ancient Chinese medicine with medical mushrooms, many other ancient cultures (including Greeks, Romans, and Native Americans) also used fungi in their healing practices.1,2 They have been added to teas for strengthening vitality, used in poultices to aid in wound healing, and so much more. Today, people enjoy foraging for them in the woods, taking them in supplement form, and adding them to pretty much any food or beverage they want in powder form.3

What the Research Says

In modern times, we’re learning even more about the science behind these fascinating fungi! “Medicinal mushrooms are reported to have numerous pharmacological actions such as antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antidiabetic, cytotoxic, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, anticancer,4 antioxidant, antiallergic, antihyperlipidemic, and prebiotic properties,” states one study (of many) on the health benefits of mushrooms.5 These potential benefits are thanks to familiar nutrients that Youngevity has touted for years, such as antioxidants and fatty acids, as well as compounds you may not have heard of before, like polysaccharides and terpenes.4 These work, previously unseen, at the cellular level to bolster our health in numerous ways.

Pharmacological uses and bioactive elements aside, edible mushrooms are also a low-calorie, cholesterol-free source of fiber, protein, and essential vitamins (like selenium, riboflavin, and potassium).6 Bonus: Many mushrooms (like Shiitake, Portobello, or King Oyster) have unique textures and flavors that make them a healthier, satisfying alternative to red meat.7 When you want to mix things up in the kitchen, you can also throw some into classic dishes like Beef Stroganoff or Veggie Egg Cups for added health benefits.

Youngevity’s Picks

At Youngevity, we’re a fan of mushrooms, and we want to share a few of our favorites with you! Read on to learn more about the amazing benefits of these powerhouse adaptogens and how they can enhance your life.

And don’t forget to check out our new enhanced instant coffee, which includes all of these mushrooms, Tazza Di Vita!

Royal Sun Agaricus – Combats Oxidative Stress†

Rich with minerals, healthy fats, B vitamins, and other vital nutrients, this mushroom boosts and supports the immune system in many ways. Its plentiful beta-glucans are particularly helpful; they act as antioxidants, which can help your body combat oxidative stress.

Lion’s Mane – Mental Focus†

When it comes to boosting brain power, Lion’s Mane does it all! It helps generate neurons and prevent damage caused by oxidative stress, ensuring optimal cognitive health and function. It also offers similar benefits to the immune and digestive systems.9,10,11

Reishi – Stress Relief & Memory†

A good source of fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, Reishi mushrooms can help support immune system health. They have been used medicinally for thousands of years, helping with a variety of issues including stress relief and memory.

White Fungus – Memory & Immune Support†

This mushroom provides fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, all of which are beneficial for longevity and better health. Thanks to its polysaccharides, White Fungus is particularly good at protecting neurons, which means a healthier brain and memory.12

Maitake – Healthy Heart & Immune Support †

Known as the “King of Mushrooms”, this fungus offers a wide variety of benefits to the immune system. It has been demonstrated to be antitumor, antiparasitic, and anti-inflammatory; it has also been used to help with metabolic and circulatory issues.13

Chaga – Immune Support & Combat Oxidative Stress †

Used medicinally in northern Europe and Russia, this mushroom has been demonstrated to be antitumor, antiviral, antioxidant, analgesic, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, and more.  All of these qualities together make it the ultimate immune system-boosting nutrient.14

Cordyceps – Energy†

Though they are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant like most of the other fungi on this list, Cordyceps mushrooms are best known for boosting energy and exercise performance. They also offer numerous benefits for the heart and metabolism.15,16

Turkey Tail – Healthy Digestion†

With its high-fiber, nutrient-rich composition, Turkey Tail is a must-have supplement for supporting digestive health. Its polysaccharopeptides provide prebiotic effects, regulating the delicate balance of your gut microbiome, while its beta-glucan can help you maintain a healthy weight.17

Oyster Mushroom – Healthy Heart & Immune Support †

In action, the Oyster Mushroom has proven a valuable source of nutrients for the heart, immune system, and metabolism. It has been studied for its ability to regulate cholesterol levels and blood sugar.18 

Shiitake – Immune Support †

Shiitake is a win for overall health, with special attention to the immune system. In addition to its immunostimulatory and cholesterol-regulating benefits, this mushroom has also been shown to be antibacterial, antiviral, antiproliferative, and hepatoprotective.19

More Must-Have Mushrooms!

Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies – Get your daily dose of apple cider vinegar in two tasty gummies, now with Lion’s Mane Mushroom!

Beyond Immune FX™ – Support a healthy immune system with vitamins, minerals, and Maitake Mushroom.


† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


1 Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life, 2015

2 Potential of Mushrooms Bioactive for the Treatment of Skin Diseases and Disorders, 2023

3 Wachtel-Galor S, Yuen J, Buswell JA, et al. Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi): A Medicinal Mushroom. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. Chapter 9.

4 Immune Modulation From Five Major Mushrooms: Application to Integrative Oncology, 2014

5 Medicinal Mushrooms: Bioactive Compounds, Use, and Clinical Trials, 2021

6 Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life, 2015

7 Can Mushrooms Replace Meat? 28 Recipes That Say Yes, Olives for Dinner, 2024

8 Royal Sun Agaricus, Integrative Mycomedicine Association (IMMA)

9 Composition and antioxidant activity of water-soluble oligosaccharides from Hericium erinaceus, 2015

10 Immunomodulatory effects of Hericium erinaceus derived polysaccharides are mediated by intestinal immunology, 2017

11 Neurotrophic properties of the Lion’s mane medicinal mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes) from Malaysia, 2013

12 White Fungus: Benefits, Uses, and What to Know, 2021, Healthline

13 Maitake, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

14 Chaga Mushroom, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

15 Pharmacological and therapeutic potential of Cordyceps with special reference to Cordycepin, 2014

16 6 Benefits of Cordyceps, All Backed by Science, 2018, Healthline

17 Turkey tail mushrooms: Immune system, cancer, and more, 2020, Medical News Today

18 Oyster Mushroom, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

19 Shiitake Mushroom, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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