The biggest trend in healthy living has got to be the humble mushroom complex. They are everywhere - from coffee to capsules, liquids, oils and powders. However, if you like your mushrooms you can have them.
While several medicinal mushrooms have pushed themselves above the rest, by far the most popular mushroom product in the UK right now is the Mushroom Complex. Which makes perfect sense, right? Why not have everything all at once?
There is an inherited flaw within the new wave of well-being trends, and that is a major lack of understanding of the substances in the products and general marketing claims surrounding them. Medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years, and while there are some studies proving the claims, many companies go overboard. To add to that, where there is money to be made comes a habit of not being completely honest about what is in the packets and even if it is beneficial at all!
So, we have done a lot of research to find the very best mushroom complexes from the UK, and to find the most reputable brands!
What is a Mushroom Complex 6?
A mushroom complex can be many things - but what it is in practice is a proprietary blend of extracts derived from medicinal mushrooms. Each product has its own ratios and contains differing levels of active (and beneficial) compounds.
Generally, the mushroom complex contains 6 mushroom extracts - the most common being:
However, some do include other beneficial mushrooms and often other compounds like CBD or melatonin.
The Best Mushroom Complexes from the UK
Within our post, we will be looking at a number of different aspects of the mushroom complexes. The key here is quality ingredients, but also complimentary ingredients which boost the benefits of the mushrooms and adds to their effects.
We believe that an outright mushroom complex 6 is great - but the added bonus of substances like coffee, or vitamins is essential.
Life Essentials - Mushroom Blend
Trust is a really big thing when you're a regular buyer of health and well-being products. I came across Life Essentials while testing out CBD oil supplements.
The thing that struck me about Life Essentials is that they are not flashy, or eccentric, but exactly what they need to be and nothing more (no fillers, binders or bulking agents).
While the branding is not quite as colourful as say, Spacegoods, the quality of the product speaks for itself.
The capsules are produced using organic Lion's Mane, Cordyceps, Shiitake, Turkey Tail, Chaga & Reishi extracts in a vegan-friendly capsule.
After speaking to the owner, I realised how much time and effort the company have gone to in order source quality ingredients that are packed with goodness - and not just bulked up or rammed with fillers.
The Long Leaf - Awesome Mushroom Mix of 8
Recently, we had been given lots of samples from The Long Leaf when they reached out to us. They are a brand-new company in the UK that primarily sell CBD, but also sells a high-quality mushroom blend (it seems that lots of CBD companies are getting the same idea).
Similar to space goods their branding is very colourful and funky. They use a really unique animation style and a soft-quality packaging alternative.
Like the other products here the capsules contain Shiitake, Lion's Mane, Cordyceps, Shiitake, Chaga, Turkey Tail & Reishi within a vegan friendly capsule.
Find out more about the brand and its products via its website here: thelongleaf.co.uk
SpaceGoods - Rainbow Dust
You may have already seen Spacegoods on social media. The company have a very strong presence online and its branding is so striking that it is hard to avoid it.
The brand has produced what they call 'Rainbow Dust'. The product is sold as a replacement for coffee to give you and your mind a boost in the morning. This is fuel without the 'jitters' or 'Crash' which come with coffee.
The morning supplement contains Lions Mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, Coffee, Ashwagandha, Maca Root, Rhodiola rosea and vitamin b5. While the Rainbow dust is not technically an outright mushroom complex, all of the complimentary benefits are there!
You can pick up spacegoods on their website, or you can check out Amazon UK and have it delivered on prime.
Indigo Herbs - 7 Mushroom Complex
Oh yes! You just read right. 7 mushrooms in one complex. Ok, not that exciting.
Indigo Herbs may be quieter than many of its competitors online, but they are known for its extremely high quality and are trusted by a loyal band of customers. The brand started in Glastonbury in 2004 and has expanded its range of health and wellbeing products to potentially hundreds of options.
There are two options for the mushroom complex - one is a powder, and the other is a capsule. The proprietary blend contains: Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Maitake, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps and White Fungus dried mushroom powders.
The price may be slightly higher than the competition, but you can trust this brand to deliver real and effective mushroom extracts.
You can find them on Amazon UK.
Bulk - 7 Mushroom Complex
Bulk is a well-known brand in the bodybuilding space, and is on our radar as a brand which offers a great Huel Alternative.
The company have also extended into general well-being products including a mushroom complex with 7 beneficial mushrooms including: Cordyceps, Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Maitake, Oyster mushroom and Lions Mane.
The main issue with the supplements from Bulk is they contain bulking agent and fillers - which is a huge no-no in the mushroom space. These are designed to bulk out the mass of the product and therefore reduce the active ingredients in the blend. The saving grace is that the beld also contains a fortification of vitamin D3.
Bulk Mushroom Complex is available on their website: https://www.bulk.com/uk/mushroom-complex-capsules.html