The upside of being a nutritionist? I get the excuse to try pretty much every kind of supplement, superfood and health-boosting ingredient on the market. So when adaptogenic mushrooms started to show up on my radar, it’s no surprise that I decided to experiment!
What are adaptogenic mushrooms?
I’m hoping by now you know what a mushroom is, and that there are many varieties. An adaptogenic mushroom is a mushroom with properties that help the body adapt to stress.
Adaptogens are pretty common in the nutritional world – a lot of herbs fall under this category. But mushrooms with therapeutic properties was new territory for me.
The adaptogenic mushrooms I tried
I used products from Four Sigmatic on the advice of another health practitioner. They were high-quality, well-sourced, and they give back to non-profits with every box sold, so I’ve stuck with them. Based on what suited my lifestyle, needs and preferences, I use:
Recently, I also added the Lion’s Mane Coffee to my collection, but haven’t used it much yet.
The Lion’s Mane & Cordyceps were good picks for energy, concentration and overall vitality. Reishi was my pick for the evenings when I needed to wind down, and is also great for immunity.
My experience with adaptogenic mushrooms
Well, my experience wasn’t extreme! I didn’t transform my life overnight. But I also didn’t walk away with no results.
Lion’s Mane for me is like having a cup of coffee, but without the come-down afterwards. I got that pep in my step and the laser-like focus for a couple of hours.
The Reishi was great when I caught a cold the other week. It’s also become a great way to signal to my body to wind down for the evening. Whether that is the Reishi itself or the act of preparing it is still unknown.
The Cordyceps was by far my favourite. I enjoyed the little bit of warmth from the chilli. I also like that its benefits focus on endurance, which is something I’ve struggled with lately.
Honestly, the best thing about the cacao drinks is that they have almost no sugar in them. As some people know, I follow a ketogenic regime in the lead-up to winter for health reasons. Despite this, I can still have one hot cacao drink pretty much every day! There are only a few grams of sugar in each serve.
Oh, and if you’re anything like me and leave drinks lying around the house? They all taste just fine when cold!
Adaptogenic mushrooms: my verdict
Just like any superfood, mushrooms are something to add to an already balanced diet suited to your needs. It can be a little on the pricey side, with the hot cacao boxes at about $2.50 per serve and the elixirs around $4 a serve. But if you’re looking for a natural way to uplevel your wellbeing, mushrooms are a good place to start.
Cautions when using adaptogenic mushrooms
Just like any food, one person’s ambrosia is another’s nightmare. Obviously don’t consume these sorts of products if you’re allergic to mushrooms. Because they can have therapeutic properties, give your GP a yell before you start taking them alongside medications or other supplements.
If you experience any whacky symptoms, cease use. Better safe than sorry!
Want to learn about which adaptogenic mushroom might suit your needs? Four Sigmatic gives a breakdown here. Drop a comment below with the mushroom(s) that have the benefits you need!
Psst – This is not a sponsored post, and I don’t get any kickbacks. I just like drinking my mushies, and thought I’d share!