Products I love: Four Sigmatic 10 Mushroom Blend

Updated: Jan 29, 2021

Many years ago, as I started thinking more about my health, I started eating mostly plant based. This was a big change for me since I ate how the typical American eats. Meat was always the star of the meal and side dishes were vegetables and either rice, pasta or potatoes. To make the transition smooth, I started one day a week not eating animal products. It definitely took some getting used to.

Four Sigmatic 10 Mushroom Blend

Our routine is something that has been created over many years and it serves a purpose. Routine makes life easy. We don't have to think about routines. We simply do it. Shopping in the grocery store is usually on auto-pilot. We know the layout of the store, what aisles we need to go down and what food we are going to buy. There is usually very little deviation until something causes us to change, such as holiday shopping or planning for an event.

Today I eat plant based 4 days a week, without any animal products. It took years for me to work up to this routine. In the beginning, the learning curve was steep. I had to figure out what I was going to eat on the days when I wasn't eating meat. That meant searching for new recipes and trying new ingredients.

Now that I am skilled at eating plant based, the one trap I am falling into is always trying new ingredients and foods. This includes drinks! After all, you can only eat so many vegetables, whole foods and plant based products. Plus, water by itself can get a little boring so having a different drink to try is fun.

This is how I found Four Sigmatic. I was learning about how functional drinks can support specific health conditions, such as beet root powder for cardiovascular health, when mushroom drinks started showing up in searches.

mushroom latte

Drink mushrooms? I thought it was a crazy idea. I love eating mushrooms. In fact, we eat them every week. They are very versatile. I love incorporating mushrooms into any meal through-out the day - breakfast, lunch and dinner. What I didn't know is how mushrooms support many systems in the body. Cardiovascular system, respiratory system, immune system and digestive system, just to name a few.

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Mushrooms are significant as a medicinal food. In fact, many mushrooms have long been used throughout Asia for medicinal purposes. Mushrooms are proven to possess anti-allergic, anti-cholesterol, anti-tumor, and anti-cancer properties. Mushrooms are rich in carbohydrates and act as a prebiotics to stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut (known as the gut microbiota) which has many health benefits. (Source; NIH)

Prebiotics are not found in many foods. There are 18 foods that can act as prebiotics but I find mushrooms are the easiest to eat regularly and are affordable. The 18 prebiotic foods are:

18 prebiotic foods

Mushrooms have high protein content (up to 44.93%), vitamins, fibers, minerals, trace elements, and low calories and they lack cholesterol. Mushrooms offer significant vital health benefits, including antioxidants, cholesterol-lowering properties, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, liver protection, as well as anti-diabetic, anti-viral, and anti-microbial properties. (Source: NIH)

Now, to complicate things, there are a ton of mushroom varieties out there. I tend to stick to a few well known mushrooms when cooking - white button, portobello and shitaki. Since there are a lot more varieties that have health benefits that I am not even used to seeing in local food stores, I decided to try Four Sigmatic SuperFoods 10 Mushroom Blend.

container of Four Sigmatic 10 Mushroom Blend

The mushroom blend includes Chaga mushrooms, a key mushroom for good gut health. Chaga mushrooms have traditionally been boiled to make a tea, which is drunk to treat a range of conditions, including cancers, viral and bacterial infections, and gastro-intestinal disorders (Source: NIH)

What I love about the mushroom blend is a little bit goes a long way. I love using it in soups and casseroles. Only 1 teaspoon and you get all the health benefits in any recipe - you can even add it to smoothies! The blend adds a little bit of a smoky flavor but otherwise you won't even notice the product was added to the recipe.

I am all for adding healthy ingredients into my cooking routine without adding a lot of unknown flavors that my significant other may decide it is not for him! What he doesn't know won't hurt him!

Do you think you will try the Four Sigmatic 10 Mushroom Blend? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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