The packaging reads, “When your brain needs a hug”, which intrigues me. I’ve eaten mushrooms before, but never Four Stigmatic Lion’s Mane Mushroom Elixir Mix. I tear open a packet of Lion’s Mane and shake the powder into my cup, spilling it everywhere. The smell is interesting, earthy and sweet at the same time. My first encounter with nootropics, I fight the urge to sprinkle another packet in my cup – I’m hoping to be as lit up as this bright orange box.
I boil water/steep tea and mix everything together and stir it with a spoon. My blend of tea is a Turmeric Ginger and Ancient Shu Pu-erh (caffeinated) by Rishi Tea. While I wait for my cup to cool, what is inside this “mushroom elixir mix” anyway?
If there were a Limitless Pill, I would take it in a heartbeat. Alas, there isn’t and I’m left searching for the next best thing. Limitless pills – or I mean Nootropics – are supplements and substances which enhance your cognition, in particular when it comes to motivation, creativity, memory, and other executive functions.” Is the feeling of truly being “limitless” just for the movies?
The main ingredients in Lion’s Mane are organic peppermint, rose hips, rhodiola root, stevia (artificial sweetener), and gasp! – The fabled Lion’s Mane Mushroom.
Rose hips are the fruits of the rose plants. Some of the most nutritionally packed fruits on planet earth, beneficial components include vitamin C, A, E, also including minerals like calcium and iron. Rose hips help lower cholesterol, boost immunity, control diabetes, aid in digestion, and skin care. You can stop showering because rose hips perspire a flowery smell through your skin – OK maybe not…
Rhodiola is an herb that grows in the cold, mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. Known as the golden root, there are more than 140 active ingredients and is used widely as a dietary supplement for its many health benefits. Studies have shown this magical root to increase your body’s resistance to stress, fight fatigue, and relieve symptoms of depression. It has also been shown to improve brain function by increasing mental performance. Rhodiola allows you to work out longer and harder by decreasing perceived exertion. What! Is that even possible?
Last but not least, there is the Lion’s Mane mushroom. A large, white, shaggy mushroom reminiscent of Barkley from Sesame Street – its use goes back hundreds of years in traditional Chinese medicine. Lion’s Mane contains two special compounds: hericenones and erinacines that stimulate the growth of brain cells and protect from damage caused by Alzheimer’s. It contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds reducing stress. The bottom line is that Lion’s Mane mushroom and its extract is shown to have real health benefits and is very safe, even in high doses (3 packets here I come).
Now that we understand each ingredient, this shit is strong and without a doubt I feel the effects. I’m scared I won’t be able to sleep tonight because I drank the potent Lion’s Mane around 8 PM. I could not be more wide-awake – but I asked for this!
With coffee, I usually have a slight tinge of anxiety, but with Lion’s Mane there is none of that. Also, with coffee I have to poop, but the only side affect with these magic mushrooms is frequent farting (could be my dinner). This is a very clear and relaxed focus – perfect for working, writing, exercising, whatever. I’m already excited to drink more tomorrow – I wonder what would happen if I indulged with three packets? Make sure you try that at home.
If you haven’t tried a nootropic, but are curious like me – I definitely recommend trying this product first. It’s not too intense, but you feel it. If you have been around the nootropic block a couple of times, the recommendation stands. Lions Mane Mushroom Elixir leaves me wanting to try the other Four Sigmatic products such as the Lion’s Mane & Chaga or Reishi Elixir Mix – which is supposedly good for sleeping.
Thank you for reading and please share your experience!