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In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Jeff Chilton about the power of medicinal mushrooms. Well, we tell you, Jeff is a real fun-guy…all kidding aside, by the end of this podcast you will have a “shroom” of knowledge about this very medicinal type of plant. We hit the important stuff like what makes a reishi, cordyceps and Chaga mushroom so spectacular to how to make sure you are really getting your money’s worth and not duped by brand name supplement providers.

Find out if mushrooms should be organic. What about that dirt that comes on it? How important is it to clean that off or is it a good source of vitamin B12? We’ll also answer the age-old question: Can you actually get Vitamin D from mushrooms. This is one trip…I mean episode you don’t want to miss. Share it with all your friends, plant-based, vegan or not because – holy shitake, this is interesting stuff.

Jeff Chilton, raised in the Pacific Northwest, studied ethnomycology at the University of Washington in the late sixties and started working on a commercial mushroom farm in Washington in 1973. In the late seventies, he was a founder of Mycomedia, which held 4 mushroom conferences in the Pacific Northwest. These educational conferences brought together educators and experts in mushroom identification, ethnomycology, and mushroom cultivation.

Jeff co-authored the highly acclaimed book, The Mushroom Cultivator, which was published in 1983. In the 1980’s he operated a mushroom spawn business and in 1989 he started Nammex, a business that introduced medicinal mushrooms to the US nutritional supplement industry. In 1997 he organized the first organic mushroom production seminar in China. Jeff’s company, Nammex was the first to offer a complete line of Certified Organic mushroom extracts to the US nutritional supplement industry. Nammex extracts are used by many supplement companies and are noted for their high quality based on scientific analysis of the active compounds.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Nammex
  • An affinity for mushrooms
  • Foraging
  • Grocery store mushrooms
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Beta-glucan
  • Vit D
  • Organics
  • Quality of mushroom supplements  
  • How to determine if your supplement is really mushroom
  • Cordyceps, Chaga, Reishi


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10 thoughts on “The Magic of Medicinal Mushrooms with Jeff Chilton – PTP277”
  1. This is a great article. Thank you for sharing this. Readers needed this so they can have more idea in using magic mushrooms. It really has a great possibility in medicine. I cannot wait for more discoveries about this fungi. Nature is really incredible!

    • Avatar Adam Chaim

      Thanks for being here.

  2. Thank you for sharing this kind of information. It is very helpful, especially for me, who doesn’t have enough knowledge about mushrooms. Please continue writing and spreading awareness to everyone.

    • Avatar Adam Chaim

      Thanks for being here!

  3. This is a very informative podcast about Jeff’s knowledge on mushrooms. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Your article about mushroom hunting is fantastic. It’s so interesting and useful I believe. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you for sharing and spreading awareness! Mushrooms are really indeed a magical fungus. As studies progress, it unfolds a lot of possible uses and applications in science and medicine. I hope this could be the future treatment of a lot of diseases. It has endless capabilities!

    • Avatar Adam Chaim

      They are definitely helpful and more people need to learn about their benefits!

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