Shrooms for Performance - Lions Mane & Chaga
Author: Bec 'Lore' Lambert
Chaga and Lion’s Mane - My morning shrooms
I began to include mushrooms into my ‘health regimen’ last year when I learned that they are chock full of biochemical goodness. All mushrooms (including Chaga and Lions Mane) contain:
- Polysaccharides – common sources of energy, they provide fibre and enhance digestion.
- Beta Glucans – A group of polysaccharides found in fungi that provide the immunomodulating benefits.
- Terpenoids – provide anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
What’s so special about Chaga and Lions Mane?
Mushrooms are considered to be extremophiles and Chaga is good example. It’s a parasitic fungi that’s traditionally grown on Birch trees in very cold Northern Hemisphere countries such as Siberia, Russia and Finland. It’s been used for centuries in European folk medicine to strengthen the digestive system. It’s high not only in polysaccharides but digestive enzymes as well.
Taken by indigenous Siberians for thousands of year it has been documented since the 16th century in Russia. Chaga contains high levels of the Antioxidant ‘SOD’, Zinc and Melanin. For me, I feel as if it has helped me to fight off colds that others have caught (and lasted for days on end). Whilst I thankfully do not seem to catch what’s going around, if I do happen to catch the odd cold, the symptoms only last a day.
Used as a substitute for pork in some Chinese dishes, this is the go to mushroom to boost concentration and improve memory. It’s said to repair and regenerate neurons.
Nerve Growth Factor has been in recent news as people look at addressing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Nerve Growth Factor protects neurons whilst stimulating new neuron growth. Lion’s Mane is the only mushroom said to simulate the synthesis of NGF. Personally, I do feel that the mornings that I drink Lions Mane I feel more alert and ‘with it’, as if I have had a coffee. Japanese research suggest that Lion’s Mane can improve mental processing.
Why take them in the morning?
Chaga is said to increase energy levels and improve endurance making it a perfect addition to your morning routine. It’s ‘adaptogenic’ powers mean that it can assist in helping to sustain energy levels without over-stimulating the adrenals like many ‘energy’ drinks and some other supplements do. As Lion’s Mane helps with mental processing it’s a no-brainer (lol) to include it in the mornings!
Here’s a recipe for my morning ‘Cognitive Upgrade Coffee’.
Our Teelixir mushroom powders are ideal for this recipe and adding to smoothies and stuff!
Chaga and Lion’s Mane Iced Mushroom Mocha
- 3/4 cup cold coffee (your choice: caffeinated or caffeine free), OR for a totally caffeine-free version, replace with 1 tsp extra Chaga mixed with a very small bit of hot water – make sure its cooled.
- 1 tsp Chaga mushroom extract
- ½ tsp Lion’s Mane
- ¼ cup plant-based milk (I use tinned organic coconut milk)
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- ¼ tsp MCT oil
- Optional: sweetener (if that’s your thing)
- Ice (to add into your glass)
- Mix the Chaga and Lion’s Mane with a very small bit of boiled water (just enough to dissolve them), cool it with some ice or let it sit and cool.
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for a minute. If you don’t have a blender try mixing it up in one of those protein drink shakers.
- Add the ice into your cup and pour in the blender mixture.
- Feeling decadent? Add some vanilla (plant-based) ice cream. It’s a Great Way to start the morning!