Knowledge From 50 Years Studying Mushrooms

  |   EP18   |   68 mins.

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Mind Body Peak Performance: Mushroom Industry | Jeff Chilton

When you study something for 50 years, you achieve mastery. Medicinal mushrooms have exploded in popularity. But there are scams everywhere.

This week’s guest breaks down everything we need to know to buy the best, most potent mushroom supplement extracts. Plus, he gives tips on cooking with them for those that avoid supplements.

Episode highlights

Use the Iodine Test to determine if your mushroom supplement is a waste of money Share on XErgothioneine will be one of the next hot areas of ingredient research Share on XMushrooms and humans share many of the same characteristics Share on X

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About Jeff

Jeff Chilton studied Ethno-mycology at the University of Washington in the sixties. He started out working on a mushroom farm in 1973. Over the last 50 years, he’s co-authored the critically acclaimed 1983 book Mushroom Cultivator. In 1989 he founded Nammex — the first supplier of mushroom extracts. Jeff was the one to bring organic certification to the Chinese mushroom industry. He’s also a founding member of the World Society for Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products and a Member of the International Society for Mushroom Science.

Top things you’ll learn from Jeff

  • How growing mushrooms works
  • Why mushrooms are so expensive
  • Knowing mushroom anatomy can help you spot junk products
  • Were fungal networks nature’s original internet?
  • Different types of mushrooms and the shady practices of grocers
  • How Real Mushrooms and Nammex set the quality standards worldwide… last century
  • The differences between fresh mushrooms and extracts
  • Buyer’s guide to mushrooms
    • How you can determine quality
    • What products shouldn’t have in them
    • Mushrooms grown in the USA are WORSE than overseas
    • The importance of third-party testing
    • Jeff’s “Iodine Test”
  • Tips to cook with mushrooms and make them taste delicious
  • Introduction to a hot new compound in mushrooms called Ergothioneine
  • The correlations between mushrooms and lifespan (hint: eat your ‘shrooms)

Resources mentioned

  • Real Mushrooms Supplements (read my review here): use code URBAN to save 10% on everything
  • Jeff’s book The Mushroom Cultivator
  • Nick’s guides to smart supplementation

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This podcast is brought to you by

Nick Urban is a Biohacker, Data Scientist, Athlete, Founder of Outliyr, and the Host of the Mind Body Peak Performance Podcast. He is a Certified CHEK Practitioner, a Personal Trainer, and a Performance Health Coach. Nick is driven by curiosity which has led him to study ancient medical systems (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hermetic Principles, German New Medicine, etc), and modern science.

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Music by Luke Hall

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