UMBO: Interview with Mushroom Expert Del Jolly

Del Jolly hopes that the UMBO supplements can renovate sports nutrition via natural medicine and advocate for further education and research surrounding functional mushrooms and psychedelics.

UMBO is a company that is transforming the way that mushrooms are perceived and consumed. Mushrooms have potent properties that are contained in functional supplements and foods that fuel focus and endurance. Being 100% certified organic, acting as adaptogens to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes, they are the perfect element to keep people happy and healthy.

UMBO Co-Founder, Del Jolly believes that mushrooms can be more focusing than coffee. There are three categories of mushrooms: Gourmet (like cremini and portabella), Medicinal (which contain the hallucinogenic psilocybin that can help treat PTSD or depression), and Functional (such as Lions mane, Cordyceps, Reishi, Turkey Tail, Shiitake) that are sold as supplements.

Del Jolly hopes that the UMBO supplements can renovate sports nutrition via natural medicine and advocate for further education and research surrounding functional mushrooms and psychedelics. All of UMBO’s products are made in the U.S.A and ship nationally across the country. Del recently discussed mushrooms and more via an exclusive interview.

Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you develop your interest in mushrooms and how did you break into the supplement industry?

Del Jolly (DJ): I first became interested in mushrooms while on a trip to Nebraska over 10 years ago. I saw an old farmer just strolling through the middle of the woods like he had lost something. As he approached, I saw a bag of mushrooms. He told me all about Morel mushrooms and my love of foraging and mushrooms began then.

MM: How did you start researching the health benefits of mushrooms?

DJ: As I bought mushroom identification field guides, there were always chapters about the power of mushrooms and areas of health they seemed to have potential in.

MM: Which benefits most surprised you?

DJ: Hearing several stories about Turkey Tail Mushrooms and breast cancer in particular was really eye opening. Much like cannabis, it would seem that mushrooms have more potential than we were led to believe.

MM: How many flavors and blends of mushroom supplements do you offer and do you have a personal favorite?

DJ: We currently have 3 products. 1 is our functional mushroom bar. Made up of honey, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds and 5 functional mushrooms including lionsmane, turkeytail, cordyceps, shiitake and reishi, these bars aren’t like others. Not only do they have a ton of mushrooms, but they also actually taste good unlike 99% of bars. We also have Myco Rise which is a non-stimulant cordyceps product and we have our melatonin free Myco Rest product made up of lionmane and reishi. Both of these products are a great way to get energy or relax with the highest quality ingredients. Honestly, my favorite product is the bar. It just tastes so good! And we have a dairy free option on the way!

MM: What do you wish more people knew they could do to practice wellness via mushrooms?

DJ: I think it’s as simple as considering mushrooms as a food group! If I told you vegetables we’re poisonous or slimy or can’t taste good, you’d probably have a hard time introducing broccoli or spinach into your diet. But imagine if you didn’t eat vegetables! Mushrooms are the #1 non-animal source of Vitamin D which the majority of people are deficient in, and they are an incredible source of fiber. A portobello mushroom has more potassium than a banana.

MM: How did you start to attract media attention?

DJ: With co-founders who are former professional athletes, along with the massive cultural shift around psychedelics, along with health being on the forefront of everyone’s minds with the pandemic, I believe people are looking for alternatives for health!

MM: How do you think personal wellbeing translates into societal wellbeing?

DJ: It’s very much, put on your own oxygen mask before helping others! If we, as individuals can work towards our own health and wellbeing, it will have a ripple effect.

MM: How do you hope your company evolves and expands from here?

DJ: We hope to squash mycophobia. Mushrooms have so much potential to help humanity in so many areas. We are focused on mushrooms for your diet, but they can help with agriculture, textiles, mental health, and so much more. We hope to inspire people to learn about this entire kingdom.

MM: What projects are coming up for you soon and is there anything else that you would like to mention?

DJ: As I alluded to, we are about to have a dairy free bar option! As well as some trial packs (May 15th) or our capsules. Umbo is also looking into putting on events that highlight athletes, artists, and activators! But that’s an entirely different story!