What Are Functional Mushrooms and How Can They Benefit Me?
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Parris Kidd


Are you getting enough mushrooms in your diet?

Mushrooms offer many health benefits for your brain and body. Some mushrooms are proven superfoods, used traditionally as medicines and now validated by science. Certain mushrooms are excellent brain and immunity boosters and also add many nutrients to your diet.

One of the best ways to promote your energy, vitality, stress resistance, mental performance, and immune support is with BrainMD’s full-spectrum, nutrient-rich superfood formula…

Smart Mushrooms

Smart Mushrooms is firmly grounded in the most recent clinical and scientific research on medicinal mushrooms. It includes six mushrooms that have been revered for hundreds to thousands of years. All six are highly nutritious, and together they offer a broad spectrum of health benefits.

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Benefits of Smart Mushrooms

The mushrooms in this formula are high in protein and fiber, low in calories and sodium, and contribute many vitamins and minerals to the diet. They include glucans, unique fibers that can enhance immunity, provide antioxidant benefits, and promote healthy gut microbial balance. These six mushrooms are functional foods for the brain and entire body.

Here’s a breakdown of the many powerful superfoods you’ll find in Smart Mushrooms:

Smart Mushrooms Ingredients

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

This edible mushroom has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 1,000 years. Leading all other mushrooms in brain benefits, the lion’s mane mushroom contains unique hericenones and erinacines, which can increase nerve growth factor (NGF) in the brain. NGF supports nerve cell maintenance and survival, especially in acetylcholine circuits, which are required for focus, memory, as well as for nervous system control of the other organs.

Lion’s mane has shown promise in several clinical trials for improving cognition and mood. Its glucans also support immunity, antioxidant defense, stomach health, and beneficial bacterial balance in the gut.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

Reishi has been revered for over 2,000 years in Asia as “the mushroom of immortality.” In addition to beta-glucans, reishi contains triterpenes, which can boost both NGF and BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor, another major brain growth factor) while also contributing to immunity and healthy inflammatory response. Reishi has potential to improve human brain health even as it sustains immunity.

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)

Shiitake has been a medicinal and food mushroom for over 2,000 years. It is the source of lentinan, a beta-glucan particularly well studied for its immunity benefits. Shiitake promotes healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels already within normal range and also has lung, liver, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal benefits.

Shiitake also is endowed with a unique antioxidant, ergothioneine. The body has specific mechanisms for concentrating this antioxidant and it likely plays a beneficial role in human health.

Turkey Tail Mushrooms | Benefits of Eating Mushrooms | BrainMD Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor, also known as Coriolus versicolor)

Turkey Tail is too fibrous to be routinely consumed as food, but from its mycelia come two beta-glucan polysaccharides that are bound to proteins, each intensively researched for immune benefits. Polysaccharide-K (PSK) has been studied mainly in Japan, Polysaccharide-Peptide (PSP) mostly in China. Both PSK and PSP are well documented to improve human immunity.

Cordyceps Militaris

Cordyceps militaris, the orange caterpillar fungus, is among the most exotic mushrooms. It has been found to boost immunity in multiple clinical trials. Cordyceps is unique for having nucleosides, nutrients essential for our cells to make energy. Nucleosides are also essential building blocks for the DNA of our genes, and for RNA which has numerous vital functions including protein production.

Cordyceps is widely revered in the East for its benefits to vitality and overall wellness. It helps fight fatigue, supports immunity, helps counter stress, and benefits blood flow and oxygen utilization.

Agaricus (Agaricus blazei)

The Agaricus blazei mushroom originated in Brazil and is now also widely accepted in Japan and other Asian countries, where it is used as both food and medicine. It is a rich source of protein, fiber, and B vitamins. It has a variety of immune supporting glucans, and clinical research indicates it supports liver health, along with cholesterol and blood sugar levels already within normal range.

Smart Mushrooms FAQ

Practically everyone, including adults and children age 4 or older. Smart Mushrooms is recommended for individuals seeking to sharpen their mental performance while improving their immune readiness.

Add one scoop (3 grams) of Smart Mushrooms to your favorite beverage, smoothie, or food. To accelerate results, you may double your dose for the first 3 weeks.

These six medicinal mushrooms are all grown in controlled cultures. The lion’s mane, reishi, cordyceps, and shiitake powders come from mycelia cultured on organic oats. The turkey tail and Agaricus powders are from mycelial and fruiting bodies cultured on organic oats.

No. Smart Mushrooms is free from dairy, gluten, sugar, corn, soy, nuts, eggs, yeast, and artificial colorings or flavorings. It is non-GMO, certified USDA Organic, vegan, keto friendly and paleo friendly.

The Smart Choice

Smart Mushrooms offers substantial promise for improving memory, mood, and other cognitive functions. Most of these mushrooms are proven tonic medicinals, offering a great variety of benefits for the brain and body.

Smart Mushrooms can help increase energy, wellness, and high-level brain performance. It’s the Smart choice for immune and whole-body support. Try it today!

At BrainMD, we’re dedicated to providing the highest purity nutrients and standardized herbal ingredients to support your overall well-being. For more information about Smart Mushrooms and our full list of supplements, please visit us at BrainMD.


Keith Rowe