Functional mushrooms are thought to have adaptogenic properties. Put simply, they seem to have the ability to help the human body respond better to stressors. Evidence suggests that functional mushrooms may help with athletic performance and mental clarity, may decrease chronic inflammation in the body, and may even help fight cancer. They are packed with antioxidants and other nutrients, many of which are only just beginning to be understood by science.*
While the science is still fairly young and many studies have used animal test subjects rather than human, the body of evidence in favor of functional mushrooms is fairly robust.
Mushrooms in granola?
Forij's granola delivers medicinal mushrooms to the masses.
These fungi pack so many health benefits that we just had to find a way to get more people consuming them.
Our solution? Concentrated mushroom extracts in healthy granola!
Our mushrooms are packed with phytonutrients shown to be apoptogenic, anti-inflammatory, and stress-relieving.*
Why mushroom extracts?
More benefit, zero earthy taste! You won't even know our functional mushroom blends are there.
Forij’s hyperconcentrated extracts contain 10-15x more nutrients than mushroom powders—without the mushroomy flavor!
With the power of these mushrooms fighting inflammation and raising antioxidant levels, Forij granola may just be the most functional food on the planet.*
Where do you source your mushrooms?
Our functional mushroom products come from a farm in Oregon, which uses only the fruiting bodies of medicinal mushrooms to derive hyper-concentrated extracts.
All extracts undergo rigorous scientific testing to ensure they meet the highest quality standards.
It's all part of Forij's commitment to deliver the most delicious, functional food possible.*
Benefits: BRAIN SUPPORT & MOOD*
A newly-hyped nootropic in Western civilizations, Hericium erinaceus has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. The lion’s mane mushroom contains many important compounds, among them erinacine A, which supports the production of nerve growth factor.
Quite simply, this mushroom is a powerhouse for brain health. Traditionally, lion's mane mushrooms have been used to support the digestive system, and modern studies indicate that they do in fact promote gut health.*
Benefits: ENERGY & RECOVERY*
Cordyceps mushrooms are known for their physical performance benefits. They support natural energy levels, endurance, and stamina.
Cordyceps is also known to support the adrenal system which manages daily stress and fatigue in the body. Additionally, these mushrooms support healthy immune system function due to the presence of 1,3/1,6 beta-glucans and other special compounds. Clinical research shows cordyceps may even help fight many types of cancer!*
Benefits: IMMUNITY & SKIN HEALTH*
Eastern cultures have been drinking tea derived from Chaga mushrooms for centuries for its health benefits. Chaga mushrooms contain large amounts of the pigment melanin which helps protect against UV radiation.
Additionally, these mushrooms offer potent antioxidant properties and are nutrient-dense with essential vitamins and minerals, which in turn supports healthy aging.*
What are adaptogens?
Adaptogens are phytonutrients (plant compounds) that may help our body and mind cope with stress and be more resilient.
Adaptogenic mushrooms and herbs have been used for over 2,000 years in Asia!
Research suggests that adaptogens, including mushrooms, enhance the body's resistance to stressors, combat fatigue, and increase overall energy.
Lion's mane, chaga, and cordyceps are all potent adaptogens.*
Which mushrooms are adaptogenic?
Many types of mushrooms are believed to have adaptogenic properties, including the turkey tail mushroom, reishi mushroom, and of course the lion’s mane, cordyceps, and chaga in Forij granola.
Even common edible mushrooms such as oyster and shiitake mushrooms are thought by some to be adaptogens.
For our functional mushroom blend, Forij has chosen the three adaptogenic mushrooms that seem to make the most difference for people.*
How will these mushrooms affect me?
The benefits of functional mushrooms show up differently for different people. Many Forij customers report heightened focus, a calmer mind, or increased energy soon after consuming our granola.
The best effects come after consuming these mushrooms consistently over time.
Note that our functional mushroom blend is not psychotropic and does not cause any psychedelic effects whatsoever.*
The following is a model for how adaptogens, including medicinal mushrooms, are thought to help our bodies and minds adapt to stressors.
Yes, the chaga, cordyceps, and lion’s mane mushrooms in Forij granola are safe to consume.
While we’re careful not to make any specific health claims about the benefits of functional mushrooms, a number of studies have indicated substantial health benefits from the antioxidant properties and organic compounds found in these mushrooms. Many of our customers relate anecdotally that our granola enriched with mushroom extracts has improved their health and vitality.
While we at Forij are big believers in the benefits of medicinal mushrooms, none of our content, including the content on this website, is intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and should not be construed as medical advice.
We've researched the world's healthiest mushrooms extensively and incorporated those that seem to have the best health benefits into our functional granola.
It’s important to understand that “functional mushroom” is a bit of a buzzword and is rather loosely defined. Many mushrooms on the market, and many mushroom products, have jumped on the functional mushroom bandwagon. The most important functional mushrooms, in our opinion, and those with the greatest health benefits, are the lion’s mane, chaga, and cordyceps mushrooms in our granola.
Other mushrooms that are likely to qualify as functional food include the turkey tail, reishi, and shiitake mushrooms. The reishi mushroom, especially, has some interesting qualities and appears to have the ability to lower stress in the body.
The term “superfood” has been significantly overused to the point it has little meaning. However, if any food qualifies for the title, it would be medicinal mushrooms. They are a highly functional food with extensive clinical literature documenting their health properties.
Because Forij uses only the fruit body of organic mushrooms in our concentrated extracts, our granola delivers the highest potency of phytonutrients possible.
Note that Forij does not diagnose, treat, or cure disease or illness. We just sell granola. But we believe in the health benefits of our mushrooms.
Mushrooms are low carb and work well on a keto diet. One cup of raw oyster mushrooms has about 6 grams of carbohydrates, while a cup of shiitake mushrooms has close to 7 grams. Other edible mushrooms have similar carbohydrate profiles. If you are on a keto diet, or just cooking light, functional mushrooms should fit right in!
We recommend cooking edible mushrooms lightly when you buy them from the grocery store or other food outlet. It’s always better to be on the safe side and not risk food-borne illness. By cooking light, you preserve vital nutrients whilst neutralizing potential pathogens.
Preliminary research indicates that the reishi mushroom and lion’s mane mushroom may alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression in some people.
Forij does not provide mushroom-related advice intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anxiety and depression. Many of our customers, however, relate an improvement in mental health, clarity, and focus after introducing our mushroom-enhanced granola into their diets.
We know of no studies indicating any unpleasant side effects from consuming the functional mushrooms contained in Forij granola.
Rather, studies indicate a number of benefits associated with the consumption of specific mushrooms. Benefits of functional mushrooms—and it’s important to note that many extant studies have been carried out on animals rather than humans—appear to include enhanced brain health, better gut health, better athletic performance, reduced chronic inflammation, heightened mental clarity, and lower blood sugar levels. Some studies indicate that specific mushrooms, such as cordyceps, may even fight cancer. Medicinal mushrooms are packed with antioxidants and other vital nutrients, so making them part of your daily routine is just good common sense.
The idea that specific foods or substances are “adaptogenic” is still controversial and not fully scientifically validated. However, there is significant evidence for adaptogenic foods, and many cultures have long respected them. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example, many functional foods such as ginseng and astragalus have been revered for centuries as having the ability to help the body cope with stress and maintain health.
Many mushrooms, including lion's mane, cordyceps, and chaga, have long been included in the adaptogenic pantheon by cultures from India to China.
These days, the concept of adaptogenic foods has spawned one of the hottest food trends. Many foods on the market claim to be adaptogens. Included among these are specific varieties of medicinal mushrooms, including the types used in Forij granola.
Given the wealth of research showing the health benefits of our mushrooms, we feel very comfortable referring to these fungi as adaptogens.
Forums such as reddit abound in a wealth of information about functional mushrooms (or any other topic you care to explore). Unfortunately, unless you are a mycologist or other specialist in the field being discussed, it’s very difficult to sift out the accurate information from the inaccurate. If in doubt about claims on reddit or elsewhere about mushrooms, ask for posters or commenters to cite sources, then do your own research.
Forij does not sell ground mushroom coffee (medium roast or any other type of mushroom coffee), drink mix, or any type of mushroom powders. We sell a single functional mushroom product: granola with concentrated mushroom extracts in it. It does come in several flavors, though.
The functional mushrooms with the most robust medical literature supporting them are the organic mushrooms used in Forij granola: chaga, cordyceps, and lion’s mane.
Other mushrooms, such as the reishi and turkey tail mushroom, also show significant potential to improve health.
Even more common edible mushrooms such as shiitake and oyster mushrooms may fall into the functional mushroom category.
Forij can’t comment on the various mushroom supplements, mushroom powders, drink mixes, and other mushroom products on the market. We can, however, attest that our granola is brimming with hyperconcentrated mushroom extracts, tastes amazing, and has great reviews from our customers. I suppose you could consider Forij granola a mushroom supplement; we prefer to think of it as a functional food.
While Forij cannot offer advice to diagnose, treat, or cure cancer, we can say that the cordyceps mushroom seems to have the strongest clinical evidence of cancer-fighting properties. Visit our cordyceps page to learn more, including studies that support its ability to fight cancer in some clinical trials. Note that many of these clinical trials were animal-based, and the results may or may not be transferable to humans.
If by “powerful” you mean impactful to health outcomes, then the clinical evidence seems to be most robust for the chaga, lion’s mane, and cordyceps mushrooms.
Clinical evidence (much of it needing additional research, much of it based on animal testing) indicates that some mushroom varieties may be able to fight cancer, increase gut health, lower blood pressure, and stave off diabetes.
Some evidence suggests that the lion’s mane and reishi mushrooms may lessen anxiety.
The cordyceps, lion’s mane, and chaga mushrooms in Forij granola do not have psychotropic qualities and cannot make you high.
Clinical evidence suggests that the lion’s mane, chaga, and cordyceps mushrooms in our granola may improve health outcomes across a variety of measurements.
Clinical evidence indicates that lion’s mane and chaga mushrooms have high anti-inflammatory effects and significant antioxidant properties.
We know of no reason you shouldn’t eat edible mushrooms every day. We do!
With their high antioxidant properties, the chaga, cordyceps, and lion’s mane mushrooms are thought to be very beneficial to the immune system.
One study on mice indicated that white button and shiitake mushrooms may help with arthritis. The anti-inflammatory action of chaga, cordyceps, and lion’s mane mushrooms is thought to be anti-arthritic as well, but more research is needed.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.