What Are Functional Mushrooms?

The term ‘functional mushrooms’ refers to mushrooms that offer functional benefits beyond their nutritional profile. There are many different functional mushroom types, each offering their own unique benefit.

Functional Mushroom Market Growth

Functional mushroom supplements are becoming mainstream health solutions, having broken away from their niche consumer base. Increased visibility on social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram has contributed to market growth and exposure.

Mushrooms also satisfy the demand for natural products and align well with current health trends like immunity, cognitive health, mood, sleep quality, memory and focus.

New: Mushroom Complex Gummy

Recognising the growing trend for mushroom supplements, we have developed a private label Mushroom Complex Gummy which combines five popular mushroom extracts.

The functional mushrooms in our gummy include Maitake, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Chaga and Tremella.

This gummy is vegan, low-sugar and has EFSA-approved health claims to display on your product label.

Here we take a closer look at each of the mushrooms in our gummy and their benefits.

Maitake Mushroom

Due to its bird-like appearance, Maitake is often referred to as ‘hen-of-the-woods’. It is suggested that Maitake mushrooms are a good source of essential nutrients which means they may help with:

  • Providing adaptogenic support which may help the body adapt to stress
  • Normal immune system function
  • Supporting healthy blood sugar levels

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushrooms are native to Asia, grow well in warm, humid conditions and are believed to be rich in antioxidants.

They may help with:

  • Supporting the immune system
  • Decreasing fatigue
  • Improving sleep and relaxation

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

A popular mushroom known for its unique appearance resembling a lion’s mane. They are often used for their essential nutrient content and variety of natural health benefits.

Benefits of Lion’s Mane may include:

  • Supporting the immune system
  • As an adaptogen, Lion’s Mane may help the body respond to stress
  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Decreasing fatigue

Chaga Mushroom

Chaga is a potent mushroom with a wood-like appearance that can take 15-20 years to fully develop.

Chaga benefits may include:

  • Chaga mushrooms contain beta-glucans (naturally occurring carbohydrates) which may boost immune defence
  • Being a rich source of antioxidants means Chaga may help to combat oxidative stress

Tremella Mushroom

Tremella mushrooms have a jelly-like texture and are nearly translucent. This unique mushroom has a wide range of potential health benefits including:

  • A nootropic mushroom that may support cognitive function
  • May help improve mental alertness
  • Potential benefits for memory support
  • Tremella mushrooms are known for their polysaccharide content with a particular focus on beta-glucans