What if your daily essential cup of joe was both eye-opening and brain-buzzing, all without acidity? What if, with less caffeine, you could still feel productive and smooth? You can, because Four Sigmatic just put mushrooms in your coffee and made it awesome. The wild lion's mane mushroom gives your head a little rev and is easy on the tummy and nerves. But wait, there's more: each packet is instant, giving your routine even more ease and portability than ever before. Coffee already couldn't get much better, but it did. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
I already drink lots of instant coffee (don't tell the real-food police!). Unfortunately, industrially-produced instant coffee is about as chemically suspect as it is convenient. But what is a paleo-friendly coffee lover to do? Surely not carry around a tiny coffee brewer and little sachets of beans?! No, not necessary. And what about energy? What if you crash from your coffee just as quickly as your mouth can quaff it?
Four Sigmatic has your back—and your brain. They start by combining properly-sourced coffee beans with a strict attention to potential contaminants (molds and the like), they are able to create an instant coffee with excellent flavor and a clean bill of health. But wait, there's more: a little bit of a brain boost without that monster-like jolt or crash. Four Sigmatic has added superfood mushrooms to your coffee.
Yes, mushrooms. Lion's Mane and a bit of Chaga, to be precise. Lion's Mane is a wunderkind of a fungus that can perk you up without that headrush some of us really love from our coffee. If coffee launches your brain like a rocket, Lion's Mane is more like taking off in an airplane. I'd take the airplane, myself. The Chaga also brings some serious antioxidant capabilities along with vitamins out the wazoo.
With a flavor so mellow it is just like your favorite coffee with a bit of extra intrigue, each mushroom blend 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 strong and perfectly balanced cup of joe. You'll get less caffeine than with typical coffee but a steady brain lift that keeps you humming just like always. No jitters, no acid tummy.
Why this coffee drink is so good for you
The best part is that you get all of this without sacrificing that great coffee taste.
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.
Chaga contains numerous B vitamins, flavonoids, phenols, minerals, and enzymes. It is also one of the world’s densest sources of pantothenic acid, phenolic compounds and chromogenic complex. Chaga contains wild-source minerals and is particularly high in copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron. Yet, its most potent ingredient is a special substance known as superoxide dismutase (SOD), whose function is to halt oxidation, especially the toxicity of a free radical known as singlet oxygen. Chaga is consumed daily by some of the most long-lived populations in the world.
By highly alkaline-forming chaga mushroom extract to coffee, which simultaneously solves the acidity problem and results in a smoother taste. The powerful antioxidants, anti-viral effects, and immune-boosting properties of chaga mushrooms transform your cup of Joe from an energy-boosting treat to a health-enhancing choice!
This coffee contains wild-crafted chaga mushroom dual-extract. To ensure the best bioavailability, they perform both hot water and alcohol extraction on the mushrooms, and standardize the final product to contain at least 30 percent polysaccharides (more than 15 percent beta-glucans) and 2 percent triterpenes.
Why you should enjoy properly-sourced coffee with superfoods:
First, coffee is already a fairly potent superfood, with antioxidants out the wazoo. Their coffee is not yet certified organic, but they have tested it to ensure it contains absolutely zero pesticides. 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."