Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a fungus, which is one of the five main kingdoms of the living world — not a plant, nor an animal but are still living organisms.

There are more than 14,000 varieties of mushrooms known in the world. The mushrooms we work with are edible and may supplement our diets by delivering nutrients.  

A little history. . .

Mushrooms aren't a new fad, or the latest wellness trend. Mushrooms have been used in practices for thousands of years. There’s historical evidence of Greek physicians like Hippocrates to ancient Chinese alchemists using mushrooms for health supporting properties.

What makes our mushrooms so special?

Certain species of mushrooms contain nutrient compounds.

One type of these compounds is beta (β)-glucan polysaccharides. These polysaccharides are carbohydrate compounds, and are a type of insoluble, fermentable fibre.

Each variety of mushroom also contain a unique range of antioxidant compounds, like terpenes, sterols, and peptidoglycans.

Here at Mother Made, we’ve hand selected a range of mushrooms that are rich in these compounds. Our mushrooms are 100% from the fruiting body (where the good stuff is found), not mycelium grain (the mushrooms’ root system). 

Our powders are made from dual extracts. This means we’ve used an extraction method using both water (to extract the β-glucans) and alcohol (to extract the terpenes) to obtain all the nutrients the mushrooms have to offer. (Don’t fret, there’s no alcohol remaining in the powders).

Medicinal Mushrooms

Our Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushroom Benefits

Lion’s Mane

Hericium erinaceus

Brain power

Think of lion’s mane as brain food - support for healthy brain function.

Lion’s mane contains the compounds β-glucan polysaccharides as well as several types of antioxi terpenoids (of which most are diterpenoids). 

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Cordyceps Sinensis


Calling all athletes (or the rest of us who simply compete in the perils of modern life), cordyceps is nutrient support for healthy physical performance. 

Cordyceps’ nutrient compounds include modified nucleosides, β-glucan polysaccharides, and cyclosporine-like metabolites. 

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Inonotus obliquus

Antioxidant Rich

Choose Chaga for antioxidant support with over 2000 years of use.

Chaga is a rich source of antioxidants which work to neutralise harmful free radicals (also known as ROS or reactive oxygen species). 

Chaga is a great source of β-glucan polysaccharides that score it the highest on the ORAC scale (which measures the ability to oxidise free radicals).

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Ganoderma lucidum


Do you want natural nutrient support for dealing with daily stresses? Are you after a natural nutrient support for a restful night's sleep?

Reishi is one of the longest used mushrooms, having been utilised in China for over 2,000 years.

Reishi’s biologically active compounds include a unique combination of different β-glucan polysaccharides, peptidoglycans, and triterpenes.  

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Lentinus edodes

Shiitake is a mushroom you might have heard of before as it is commonly used in Asian cooking. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also extremely nutritious. 

Shiitake is a source of eritadenine, antioxidants and kojic acid.  


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Turkey’s Tail

Trametes versicolor or Coriolus versicolor

Turkey’s tail delivers a wide range of bioactive compounds, from phenols and flavonoids which have antioxidant action, to protein-bound β-glucans polysaccharides - PSK & PSP. 

The β-glucan polysaccharides profile of turkey’s tail has also shown in recent studies to support a healthy digestive system due to the prebiotic fibre content. 


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