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Ultimate Mushroom Tonic | Nutrition Stripped

The Ultimate Tonic, something that you need to bookmark for future use, trust me it’ll come in handy on days where you’re in need a little boost for your immune system! The word tonic is a bold statement, I know. I call it a tonic because it is! It’s invigorating, somewhat medicinal from the nutrients and compounds found from the mushrooms and other ingredients I use, and hopefully restorative to your health in the sense of when you’re feeling sick, sluggish, or simply want to keep your internal being nourished- a year round tonic for me.

Medicinal mushrooms? Many call mushrooms medicinal and have for centuries, especially in folk medicine, yet their compounds have just recently been studied (and there are so many more studies to go!).  The active constituents that make these mushrooms “medicinal” are primarily polysaccharides including beta-glucans and triterpenes.

Ultimate Mushroom Tonic | Nutrition Stripped

I’m not claiming this drink has the power to cure or treat; but what I can tell you is it’s PACKED with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and the active constituents in these mushrooms that have been studied showing immune strengthening and boosting properties amongst other health benefits. Even though some of these have been studied, many of these still need to be looked into specifically with testing in humans. Here’s a bit about what each mushroom is all about (i.e. intended use, claims, and the studies:

  • Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) used for: enhancing the immune system, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, viral infections such as the flu (influenza), swine flu, avian flu, cancer, inflammatory disease, cardiovascular disease, and asthma and bronchial diseases. Reducing stress, kidney disease, hepatitis and liver disease, HIV/AIDS, altitude sickness, supporting chemotherapy, preventing fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), insomnia, and gastric ulcers. (read more)
  • Shiitake used for: enhancing immune system, cardiovascular health, anticancer, antimicrobial, antibacterial, inhibiting cell growth seen in prostate cancer, hepatotoxicity, (read more)
  • Chaga used for: anticancer, antioxidant, in immunotherapy, an anti-inflammatory, diabetes, etc.
  • Maitake used for: cancer prevention, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), hepatitis, hay fever, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, weight loss or control, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), cancer including breast cancer, and chemotherapy support.
  • King oyster used for: preventing and treating the common cold, influenza, allergies, atherosclerosis, snake and insect bites, bronchitis, cachexia, prevention of cardiovascular disease, cholera, colic, diabetes, diarrhea, flatulence, gastritis, gonorrhea, hemorrhoids, hepatomegaly, jaundice, leprosy, leptospirosis, malaria, skin wounds, skin diseases, ulcers, used as an astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, expectorant, anthelmintic, laxative, and tonic. (read more)
  • Cordyceps used for: strengthening the immune system, improving athletic performance, reducing the effects of aging, promoting longevity, treating lethargy, and improving liver function in people with hepatitis B. It is also used to treat coughs, chronic bronchitis, respiratory disorders, kidney disorders, frequent nocturia, male sexual dysfunction, anemia, heart arrhythmias, high cholesterol, liver disorders, dizziness, weakness, tinnitus, wasting, and opium addiction. Also used as a stimulant, a tonic, and an adaptogen which is used to increase energy, enhance stamina, and reduce fatigue. (read more)
  • Many if not all of these “medicinal” mushrooms also are loaded with nutrients: B vitamins, zinc, manganese, choline, dietary fiber, vitamin D, copper, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and more.

Note some of these mushrooms when taken orally in higher concentrations than if you were to just eat, may interact with other herbal supplements, herbs or medication- just throwing that out there, always be careful if you’re new to a food. Also, some mushrooms cause allergic reactions in some individuals, start slow and gradual.

Ultimate Mushroom Tonic | Nutrition Stripped

All science aside, The Ultimate Tonic is incredibly easy to digest, so it packs a nutrient punch very easily for your body to absorb and utilize. It contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, healthy fats from the chia seeds, flax seeds, and cashews along with omega-3 fatty acids; and contains all those compounds listed above from the mushrooms! If you have dried whole mushrooms, that would be fine to use, you would simply boil and rehydrate and then use that liquid in this tonic, I would also recommend drinking it warm if you choose to use the dried mushroom liquid rather than a freeze dried powder. If you’re wondering what it tastes like, I promise it’s not too medicinal tasting, it’s slightly sweet, creamy, and has a touch of earthiness to it- I absolutely love it and find it incredibly delicious. If you’ve made my homemade cashew milk then you’ll have an idea of what this tastes like because I use that as my base. I also recommend drizzling the top with raw honey and a dash of ground cinnamon- perfect.

Using dried mushrooms: take 1-2 dried mushroom of each shiitake, chaga, king oyster, cordyceps, maitake, and reishi and soak at room temperature in about 2-3 cups of water until mushrooms are soft, about 1 hour. Strain and use this liquid for the recipe- note, the taste will be very earthy in comparison of using a freeze dried mushroom mixed powder (as suggested).

Ultimate Mushroom Tonic | Nutrition Stripped

5.0 from 5 reviews
The Ultimate Tonic
Recipe type: drink, nut milk
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Serves: 1
An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory packed tonic containing mushrooms, turmeric, cinnamon, and sweet dates with cashew milk. VGN GF Paleo
  • 1½ cups homemade cashew milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon local honey
  • 1-2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon of each organic powdered cordyceps, reishi, shiitake, chaga, maitake, and king oyster OR use 1 tablespoon of a mushroom mix
  • Pinch of sea salt
  1. Simply combine all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Adjust sweetness by adding additional dates
  2. Serve chilled over ice or serve warm by pouring into a small saucepan and gently heating until warm to touch.

Mushroom powders here: Mushroom Matrix (a brand with various) and Moon Juice (my absolute favorite brand to try!!!).

Ultimate Mushroom Tonic | Nutrition Stripped

Have you all tried using dried mushroom powders in cooking or in general? I hope you all give this a try and enjoy it! I promise, it tastes amazing and the mushroom flavors are barely there yet their nutrient content is!

xx McKel

*NMCD database used 

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  • Morgan

    I love this! Cashews are my favorite. I made a cashew cheese last night…holy cow! Such a great “milky” flavor.

    • I would love to try this. Is there a mushroom mix you can recommend, Mckel, with an Amazon link? Each of the suggested makers has a few different (or more) formulas. Thanks!

    • Amarylis

      This tonic sounds EPIC!!!
      Really want to try to make it the original way… how much of the drained liquid (after soaking the dry mushrooms in it) do you need in the recipe?

      Big thank you for this!!

      • Just a small amount, 1/4 cup. I prefer using the powders because they’re more concentrated 😉

  • Sara @ The Organic Dietitian

    I’ve heard so many good things about medicinal mushrooms. Definitely going to try soon.

  • This looks so good and would be great with the cold snap we’re having! I love your pictures too!

  • Laura

    I have to try this!! Where could I obtain the mushroom powdered mix?

    • You can find the mushroom powders McKel used at under our Moon Pantry section!! #thrivecosmically

  • Christine

    Hey McKel I can’t wait to make this (or a close version of with the mushroom powdered mix I have). Other great uses for mushroom “broth” (especially chaga/reishi) are for your smoothie water or soup base. You pack in all the extra properties without really changing the flavour.
    Thanks so much for all of your posts. I love your website and your insights and your approach to food and nutrition. Happy new year!

  • this is pretty interesting!

  • Your website is an inspiration and your photos are absolutely stunning. This looks like it came out of the pages of a glossy magazine! I am in need of this healing elixir this cold season…thanks for sharing. xo

  • I just bought the mix you recommended and can’t wait for it to arrive so I can try this!

  • I absolutely love these photos. And the fact that you put the links to the properties of mushrooms to learn more about it. Makes so much easier to learn! Do you have a rec of where to get some of those powders in small portions?

    • I LOVE moon juice shop and those are pretty small amounts, plus they last forever! Tell them McKel of nutrition stripped sent you 🙂

  • I love that mug you are using for your ultimate “tonic.” Where did you buy it?

  • Finally got a chance to make this for the firs time! LOVED IT! So decadent and delicious, it was hard to believe it’s so full of nutrients! Even my boyfriend was a fan! He thought it tasted like dessert!

    • That’s so awesome, I was amazed myself after tasting it, it’s so good and nutrient dense. Thanks for sharing xx M

  • Rachael

    Tastes really good! I was surprised by the sweetness though. I was looking for something a little but more savory and not so thick. I think i may try it without cacao and dates next time and maybe add some maca 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipes with the world!

  • Crystal

    Great post! Any chance you can share where you got the beautiful mug from? Thanks!

    • A friend gifted this to me! Thank you xx

      • Megan

        This drink sounds so good! I just bought the medicinal mushrooms and I can’t wait to try it. I’m new to medicinal mushrooms though, so I have a few questions. You mentioned that the mushrooms may interact with herbs or herbal supplements. Would this mean that it wouldn’t be a good idea to mix into a smoothie that might have spirulina or other superfoods added? Also, would you recommend them for everyday use?

        • I would ask your Dr. if you have prescription medication that might interact otherwise I personally enjoy them most days of the week and you can mix them with other superfoods- because superfoods are not supplements or medications, they’re just food. Herbs they may interact with are that of high doses taken in pill form

          • Megan

            Great! Thanks! I made it yesterday and it was great! I’m excited to try the medicinal mushrooms in other things, like smoothies as well! Love your website, by the way. 🙂

  • Dee

    Hello Beautiful, I was confused if I had to buy each mushroom powder individual or if there was a combination available? At moon juice I was only able to find with the pantry section in combination with several other items that had to be purchased together, Help, I am new @ this!

    • You can find mushroom blends that contain a host of medicinal mushrooms OR you can purchase them all separately through Moon Juice (my favorite place)- the gist is to get medicinal mushrooms as long as their organic and good quality they’ll all work here! xx

  • Alicia

    I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. Feeling under the weather today, so I jumped at the opportunity. It’s delish!! I added a dash each of cayenne and cinnamon – muah! I used cordyceps, shiitake, and maitake mushrooms from FourSigma Foods. 🙂

  • Errol Samuels

    I Love the idea I’ll give it a try Thank you for your work

  • Terri

    Hi Mckel. If I used a 10:1 extract mushroom mix powder would I still need to use 1 tbsp?

  • Miranda

    I’ve been wanting to make this and finally got some mushroom powders. It’s so delicious! Perfect afternoon pick me up. Can’t wait to try it warm as the weather cools down.

    • McKel Hill

      So glad you enjoyed it Miranda!

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