Mushrooms are the little fungi that could. Not only are they delicious when stuffed, chopped up in soups and sliced into pasta, but they’re nutritious enough to earn the superfood label in some circles thanks to their high concentrations of vitamin-D, antioxidants and fiber. Mushrooms are having a moment in the wellness space, too, but we’re not talking about the creminis at the grocery store.
Mushroom varieties like Chagas (touted for their supposed ability to boost your energy and improve your mood), Cordyceps (which are said to heighten vitality and increase endurance), lion’s mane (which purportedly improve brain function) and reishi (which allegedly fight off tumors and cancer) are being dried and ground into powders by supplement companies, promising these and many other health benefits. But are they for real? We reached out to nutritionist Lisa Young, Ph.D., for her expert advice and opinion on the ‘shrooms.