Over here in Paleo-land, we are already known for eating and drinking foods that leave other people scratching their heads. Butter in your coffee, you say? Sardines right out of the can? All-righty, then! Today you are upping the ante and kicking brain fog to the curb with a hot mug of mushrooms and matcha tea. That's right: get out your mug and have a soothing and earthy treat of Four Sigmatic's newest power blend: Lion's Mane, matcha tea, astragalus, and ginger root. Deep flavor will greet you thanks to this perfect recipe for calm energy with a warm boost from the ginger. And the best part is it whips up in seconds with hot water, right in your favorite mug. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Hot and flavorful beverages are a go-to habit for lots of folks, including myself. It's totally human to want something warm and savory, often without the perkiness of full caffeine. Of course, there's decaf instant coffee which is fast and simple, but factory-made and probably contains questionable ingredients. There's always herbal tea, but honestly even that gets a little boring after 47 boxes of the stuff, and most of them have some kind of sweetener to make them palatable.
Woohoo for Four Sigmatic! Whip up a mug of Mushroom Matcha and have a warm soothing beverage while still keeping your paleo-friendly street cred. This blend combines two phenomenal ingredients, mushroom and matcha tea, with the adaptogen astragalus and a touch of ginger for warmth. You might not even want to have your matcha plain again. That's ok. All we ask is that you keep a little fondness in your memories for that time you had really amazing matcha ice cream. Mmmmm....
Four Sigmatic is the company that has your back—and your brain. They start by finding the best sourced Lion's Mane mushrooms with a strict attention to potential contaminants (molds and the like). Then they dual-extract all the good stuff: pulling out the water-soluble and fat-soluble components completely before air-drying the powder into instant perfection. Each serving of this blend contains no less than 1 gram of dual extracted organic Lion’s Mane.
Now, about that specific mushroom: Lion's Mane (see photo above!). It brings some serious antioxidant capabilities along with good digestion and even some neuro-protective capabilities. Four Sigmatic has blended it with another amazing ingredient, matcha tea, as well as the adaptogen astragalus and a touch of ginger to make the whole thing taste amazing. It is truly like nothing you've ever had before. The blend helps you to focus but calms any jittery energy floating around.
Just warm up some water, scoop out a teaspoon, and mix together into a perfectly balanced cup of nutrients and joy.
Why this tea-mushroom blend is so good for you
Quality ingredients. Quality people. All going into your favorite (and quality!) mug to be sipped, savored, and appreciated. Four Sigmatic starts with mushrooms carefully chosen and harvested well to preserve their natural goodness. From there it goes on to the tea: a green matcha so lovely you'll be transported right to that scene in Karate Kid 2. You know the one . . . Ahem. Let's not get too much into the ceremony, shall we? Let's instead focus on the amazingness of these ingredients:
Recognized for their brain-boosting properties, these delicious mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Recently, science has focused on lion’s mane’s exceptional regenerative effects on our nervous system.
The natural nootropic (cognitive boosting) effects of lion’s mane work hand-in-hand with the stimulating effects of matcha tea to create the perfect state of mind. Their lion’s mane mushroom extract is made by dual-extracting these wood-grown fruiting bodies, and then spray-drying it without any fillers or carriers. The final extract powder is standardized to 30 percent polysaccharide (more than 15 percent beta-glucan) content.
While matcha contains caffeine, it also contains L-theanine, a relaxing amino acid, resulting in a feeling of balanced energy for your whole body. There aren’t many drinks out there that can make you feel energetic, calm, and focused all at the same time but Four Sigmatic's organic matcha is pretty much everyday magic.
Why you should enjoy mushroom blends from Four Sigmatic:
Everyone knows how delicious and nutritious mushrooms of all kinds are for humans. First, they are fairly potent superfoods, with antioxidants out the wazoo. Four Sigmatic is also constantly running third-party lab testing to ensure minimal levels of mycotoxins. Rather than paying a premium price for organic certification (which gets passed along to customers), they source the highest quality and most potent products.
Why, indeed. You may not realize this but mushrooms make the world go round. They are in 40% of Western medicines (like penicillin!) and they have been researched in every possible way for thousands of years.
Interestingly, most people don’t consume these healthy types of mushrooms, so adding even small amounts could lead to significant health benefits. During the last couple of generations, mushrooms have suffered from quite a bit of stereotyping from "magical" jokes to the "snootiness" of portobellos or truffles. All this despite the fact that they are suitable to almost any diet, from Paleo to vegan.
About Four Sigmatic, in their own words:
"We are a team of friendly, healthy-living enthusiasts from the farms and forests of Finland who grew up consuming mushrooms and other natural superfoods. In case you didn’t know, Finland is happiest place on Earth with beautiful people, blue skies in the summer, mineral-rich soil where mushrooms can be farmed, giant trees with mushrooms growing on them, clean water, and inspiring design.
The Four Sigmatic founding team first met in university and bonded over brewing our own chaga mushroom tea. After a few years in the corporate world, we left our gigs with the likes of Google and Citibank to reconnect and bring our knowledge of functional mushrooms to the world.
Four Sigmatic was founded to cut through the hype and help people consume more of one of the world’s most scientifically studied superfoods, mushrooms. We make these incredibly powerful foods taste delicious so that they may be simply added to upgrade your existing healthy habits."