While the thought of drinking mushrooms may sound strange, many cultures have been doing this in the form of teas and tinctures for thousands of years.
While this concept is not new, the delivery system and ease of adding them in to our modern day lives is, which is why we’re very excited to welcome the very popular Finnish brand Four Sigmatic and their mushroom elixirs to F&F.
Considered to be the original ‘superfood’, medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries for their energy boosting and immune strengthening properties. We’re not talking about your average white button or portobello mushrooms here, which are of course delicious, but a specific variety of mushrooms that are renowned for their adaptogenic properties - meaning that they work with the body to regulate imbalances and restore a variety of bodily systems while boasting their own unique qualities.
While it’s easy to dismiss this mushroom reemergence as yet another buzzy trend to be added to the already long-list of supplements that ‘should’ be consumed daily (however have wishy-washy ingredients and aren’t usually the most palatable…) It was because of these exact reasons that the guys over at Four Sigmatic decided to cut through the hype and help people eat more of the world’s most scientifically studied superfoods in powerfully potent yet surprisingly delicious formulations. Their range boasts a variety of mushroom blends that can be easily incorporated into everyday life as they’ve covered off two very much loved categories, coffee and hot chocolate, as a means to encourage daily consumption without having to cut anything out!
THE FUN-GUYS BEHIND THE BRAND
Taking the ancient wisdom and nutritional benefits of mushrooms to present day kitchens around the world, the ‘Finnish Funguys’ (as they like to call themselves) are an innovative bunch who are all extremely passionate for all things health and wellbeing. Before founding Four Sigmatic in 2012, Tero Isokauppila studied and used mushrooms for over 20 years having grown up foraging mushrooms with his family in Finland. From their own personal experiences, the team knew they just had to share the magic of mushrooms with the rest of the world.
MEET THE MUSHROOMS
The brand uses a blend of functional mushrooms that are wild-picked, log-grown and certified organic. Their core four mushrooms - chaga, reishi, cordyceps and lion’s mane - are renowned for their effectiveness in supporting a variety of needs for every part of your day. To help you on your way in making your mushroom choice, we’ve detailed the four mushrooms below and their unique functions in optimising health.
WELLNESS WITH CHAGA
Chaga, also known as the king of mushrooms, is famous for its medicinal properties. It’s been used since the 17th century to help guard against several diseases because of its high antioxidant properties. The chaga mushroom is an excellent source of antioxidants and contains beta-glucans to encourage the production of lymphocytes (white blood cells) to support immune function. Blend one packet in hot water, coffee or tea in the morning to boost your start to the day. You can even add it to your baking to increase the goodness of your muffins.
ENERGISE WITH CORDYCEPS
The next mushroom, cordyceps is extremely famous in Asia and is actually known as a sacred treasure. Cordyceps help produce energy and can assist our adrenals and stress hormones. It’s known for its natural ability to fight inflammation and support exercise by helping blood oxygenation. It supports the body in the production of energy thanks to its adaptogenic properties and so doesn’t contribute to those crash/spike cycles (unlike stimulates such as coffee and sugar). Mix a sachet any time of the day with hot water or a smoothie to help invigorate the body. (It is especially great as a replacement for those not too keen on caffeine).
FOCUS WITH LION’S MANE
Lion’s mane is another medicinal mushroom that's well-known in traditional chinese medicine. It's a great booster of brain health and can help support memory and concentration. Mix this superfood drinking powder into a cup of hot water, tea, coffee or a smoothie when you’re doing anything that requires focus.
RELAX WITH REISHI
Reishi, the ancient and well-studied mushroom, is believed to contribute to easing tension, strengthening the immune system, and supporting sleep. The reishi mushroom drink powder can help calm the mind, promoting relaxation and better rest in the process. Mix one packet of the powder into your choice of beverage (decaffeinated) two hours before bed to transition into a tranquil state and encourage a good night’s rest.
These four mushroom elixirs come in single packs of 20 sachets, with each serve containing a potent dose of dual-extracted mushrooms and harmonising herbs. They do not contain coffee and are free of caffeine.
MUSHROOM AND COFFEE
If you love your coffee but are not a fan of anxiety, jitters, or crashing, the Four Sigmatic mushroom coffees are for you. Each sachet contains medium to dark roasted 100% organic arabica coffee and a balanced mix of 500 mg dual mushroom extracts - This is a dream combination as the caffeine in coffee actually helps the adaptogens to enter the bloodstream faster and as a result the mushrooms help to prolong the caffeine high without causing a crash. Chaga is used within both varieties for its immune supporting properties and is paired with either cordyceps (for supporting your adrenals) or lion’s mane (for boosting brain power). And unlike regular coffee, you’re consuming half the caffeine of a regular cup, but receiving double the effects of the energy boost. The obvious question here is whether or not that sacred coffee taste and aroma has been sacrificed by the addition of mushrooms…well, you can rest assured that you’ll forget there’s mushrooms even in it, they taste that good! Just like your regular coffee, you can add a natural sweetener or nut mylk to suit your preferences.
HOT CHOCOLATE AND MUSHROOMS
When you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up or on the hunt for a chocolate fix, the Four Sigmatic mushroom and cacao blends are the perfect solution for any craving.
HOT CACAO MIX CORDYCEPS
The Hot Cacao Mix gives balanced, long-term energy. This chocolate and cordyceps blend boosts with organic ginger, aiding long-term, balancing energy and boosting immunity.
HOT CACAO MIX REISHI
The Cacao and Reishi blend melts away stress with the help of cinnamon and cardamom. Slow down and enjoy a stress-free moment of full dark chocolate flavour that leaves you satisfied.
All Four Sigmatic products are organic, vegan, paleo and don’t contain additives, gluten, lactose, white sugar or soy.