The Power of Medicinal Mushrooms With Jeff Chilton #60
ABOUT THE EPISODE
In episode 60, Chris & Sara nerd out with ethno-mycologist, co-author of The Mushroom Cultivator, and founder of Nammex, Jeff Chilton on the power of medicinal mushrooms. His company nammex offers a complete line of Certified Organic mushroom extracts to the US nutritional supplement industry and is noted for their high quality based on scientific analysis of the active compounds. In this episode Jeff talks about the fascinating science of medicinal mushrooms and how to incorporate it into your diet to get the most out of this healing fungi.
How Jeff got into the mushroom business
How the field has changed in the last 40 years
Fascinating science of how mushrooms are grown and their biological makeup
Wide variety of different mushrooms, specifically medicinal mushrooms and how they can be incorporated in your diet as well as supplements
How to know if you’re purchasing a high-quality mushroom supplement
Why it’s important that we buy organic mushrooms
Jeff Chilton, raised in Pacific Northwest, studied Ethno-mycology at the University of Washington in the late sixties. In 1973 he started work on a commercial mushroom farm in Olympia, Washington. During the next 10 years he became the production manager, responsible for the cultivation of over 2 million pounds of agaricus mushrooms per year. He was also involved in the research and development of shiitake, oyster and enoki mushrooms which resulted in the earliest US fresh shiitake sales in 1978.
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. During this period 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. He traveled extensively in China during the 1990’s, attending conferences and visiting research facilities and mushroom farms. In 1997 he organized the first organic certification workshop for mushroom production in China.
A founding member of the World Society for Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products in 1994 and a Member of the International Society for Mushroom Science, Mr Chilton’s company 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.