Want to learn more about chaga, reishi and lion’s mane? Start here.
If you want to know more what makes chaga different from reishi, what the benefits of cordyceps are compared to lion's mane, then "Healing Mushrooms" written by Tero Isokauppila, who is the founder of Four Sigmatic, is a great place to start.
It's an easy to read book that is beginner friendly, but detailed enough to deliver more than just surface knowledge.
We recommend it to everybody who wants to learn more, but without geeking out too much. And trust me, it is very possible to geek out about medicinal mushrooms.
They can be confusing if you're just beginning to explore them, but there's a plethora of information out there that makes it easy to become an informed consumer.
Here are the core benefits of those medicinal mushrooms that we are using in our drinks:
Chaga energizes. In Finland, and Siberia, chaga tea has long been used as a coffee substitute. We love mixing some chaga extract into our morning coffee for an extra boost of energy, but without jitters.
- Chaga mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses, containing everything from Vitamin D to potassium, copper and silenium
- The high antioxidant levels in chaga fight the oxidative processes that create the signs of ageing
- Studies indicate that chaga can potentially lower blood pressure
- Chaga helps to regulate cytokine production in the body, potentially lowering inflammation
- Because chaga is high in melanin, many mountaineers and skiers use chaga to protect their skin from UV rays at high altitude. Melanin is a powerful antioxidant and has one of the highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) scores of any food out there
Reishi relaxes and helps fight anxiety. We use reishi in the evening, or even before bed. It helps us to keep calm, and relax after a hard day.
- There is evidence that reishi interacts with white blood cells to support the immune system
- Studies have shown that it reduces fatigue and depression
- Reishi has been used in sleep studies, where it has shown to support healthy sleep
Lion's Mane is a powerful nootropic, we drink lion's mane to help us focus during busy days. In the days before COVID, it was our go-to mixer for cocktails when we were out with friends at night.
- Lion's mane potentially protects against dementia
- There is some evidence that lion's mane relives mild symptoms of depression and anxiety
- There is evidence that it may reduce the risk of heart disease
- Animal research indicates that lion’s mane mushroom increases the activity of the intestinal immune system
- And it reduces inflammation and oxidative stress in the body