I was curious about trying it but a little apprehensive. My main concern was the taste – is it really going to taste like mushrooms? (Answer: no). After getting a sample at an event, my concerns around the flavor went away. I bought a couple varieties from popular company Foursigmatic and drank them for a week, hoping I’d feel like super woman.
This is what happened.
But first, what’s the hype?
People have been consuming mushrooms for thousands of years for health benefits. Studies suggest they’re powerful antioxidants, can boost your mood, reduce inflammation, give you crazy amounts of energy and more. Sold? Me too.
It doesn’t taste like you’d think.
Like I said above, the taste was my biggest concern. I am a big fan of coffee and tea, so why trade that treat for fungus? However, to my surprise, the blends I tried were actually good.
The Chaga Mushroom Elixir features a blend of chaga (a powerhouse medicinal mushroom), wild mint, Siberian ginseng and rose hip. It’s a little bitter compared to black or green tea and has an earthy taste, but it’s more than palatable.
I also tried Foursigmatics’ Mushroom Coffee Mix, which includes Arabica coffee, chaga mushroom and cordyceps. Cordyceps – get this – is a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars in the high mountains of China (I’m glad I didn’t know that before I tried it). This variety is known for increasing athletic performance and energy. The blend tastes just like coffee, is a little frothy and is delicious with cream or coconut milk.
They really do give you crazy energy.
I loved having the Chaga Elixir as a replacement for a second coffee or tea in the afternoon when I felt my energy drop. I didn’t feel like flying afterwards, but I did feel a sustained boost throughout the day. Even better, the energy increase seemed to compound day-to-day without making it difficult to sleep at night.
I drank the blends during a week that comprised of work travel and multiple before-5am wakeup calls. I’m definitely not a morning person, and I’m pretty sure the mushrooms were a big part of what helped me make it through.
I would definitely recommend and will keep drinking them. It could be a placebo effect, but I felt livelier. Although moving forward, I’ll have them on an as-needed basis instead of every day.
Depending on the blend, prices range from $15 for a pack of 10 to $38 for a pack of 20. If you purchase supplements, protein powders or green drinks like I do, this is a reasonable price for adding mushrooms to your stash of energy boosters.
All-in-all, I’m glad I gave these a try but could have lived without knowing the caterpillar fact.
If you’d like to learn more about the science behind how mushrooms work, I highly recommend checking out this interesting podcast interview with Foursigmatic’s founder.