Holding a warm mug in your hands on a cool morning is one of life's pleasures. For some folks that's coffee, others have tea. But then there's the adventurous, like you and me: we have mushrooms to keep us happy. That's right: get out your cup and have a soothing and earthy cup of mushroom elixir. This blend of deep flavor is thanks to Four Sigmatic. It's a Lion's Mane mushroom beverage that whips up in seconds with hot water, right in your favorite mug. Why Lion's Mane? Better digestion, antioxidants galore, and even some brain-protective capacity is all for you in this one instant mix. Tear it open and stir it up! ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Hot beverages are a go-to drink 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. Now you can have a warm soothing beverage and still keep your paleo-friendly street cred. It's called Mushroom Elixir.
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.
Now, about that specific mushroom: Lion's Mane. It brings some serious antioxidant capabilities along with good digestion and even some neuro-protective capabilities. Four Sigmatic has blended it with peppermint extract, licorice root, and a touch of stevia to make the whole thing taste amazing, but really like nothing you've ever had before. I really love the earthiness: it goes down smoothly and allows your headspace to get things done.
Just warm up some water, tear open the pouch and mix together into a perfectly balanced cup of nutrients and joy. You'll get none of the hyperactive caffeine as from typical coffee. No jitters, no acid tummy.
Why this mushroom elixir is so good for you
Quality mushrooms treated well to preserve their natural goodness. That's what this is all about.
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. Coffee can be an outstanding productivity booster, but even more so when enhanced with a good lion’s mane extract!
The natural nootropic (cognitive boosting) effects of lion’s mane work hand-in-hand with the stimulating effects of coffee 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.
Why you should enjoy the purity of mushroom elixirs:
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.
Because mushrooms are so integral to clinical practices, thousands of studies have been conducted and papers have been written testifying to their incredible healing properties—to date, 1,100 papers have been published on just one single type of mushroom, of which there are more than 10,000 known varieties in North America alone.
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.
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About Four Sigmatic, in their own words:
"Our Mushroom Mission began in the Nordic countries in 2012 and, with the help of our innovative products, we have expanded to more than twenty-five countries in less than four years. In 2014, we relocated our business headquarters to the U.S. Our products launched in the U.S. in January 2015, and it has been quite a journey since then. We’re still a small employee-owned startup … but good things come in small packages, and we truly believe our passion and hard work will help us continue to make a real difference in global health."
Four Sigmatic also gives back in major ways: check this out!
"We believe that our products can and will make a significant social contribution simply based on their day-to-day health benefits. But we also want to give back in another way: Whenever you buy any of our mushroom boxes, we will put a portion of the proceeds toward providing free mushroom kits for cancer patients. These Contribution Kits, as we like to call them, include more than $1,500 worth of mushrooms for patients. The current version of the Contribution Kit includes dual-extracted chaga, reishi, shiitake, maitake, and turkey tail mushrooms.
To distribute the kits we've partnered up with Boarding 4 Breast Cancer (B4BC), a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation focused on breast cancer prevention. Through two decades, B4BC has been educating people, raising funds, and giving back to local communities and research-based organizations. They organise rad events and do their best to help raise the awareness of cancer prevention, which is why we wanted to work with them."