Updated: Jun 26
Unveiling the Secret Sauce of Odd Balls
Welcome to Odd Balls, where the unconventional meets the healthy, and where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. If you're a lover of outdoor adventures and quality snacking, you've landed in the right place. Today, we're going to delve into the world of functional mushrooms, the secret sauce behind our organic, preservative-free energy balls. Grab your ski poles or your kayaks, and let's embark on this fungal journey together!
Mushrooms have been celebrated for their unique health benefits across the globe and throughout history. From the olden days of traditional Chinese medicine to the modern aisles of health food stores, these earthy organisms hold an exceptional place in the world of wellness. But we're not just talking about any mushrooms here. We're talking about functional mushrooms, the real game-changers in the mushroom kingdom.
And no, these aren't psychedelic mushrooms.
Lion's Mane: The Brain Booster
Let's start with Lion's Mane, a mushroom that looks as majestic as it sounds. This fungi is known for its brain-boosting properties, which is why it takes the center stage in our Odd Balls. Just as the lion is the king of the jungle, Lion's Mane mushroom can be considered the king of the cognitive realm.
Studies have shown that Lion's Mane promotes nerve growth factor, which helps maintain neurons, the cells responsible for helping your brain process and transmit information. When you're out there on the slopes or riding the rapids, a little extra cognitive boost can go a long way in enhancing focus, clarity, and decision-making skills. So, next time you pop an Odd Ball before your adventure, remember, it's not just a snack, it's brain food!
These benefits are largely attributed to two primary active compounds found in Lion’s Mane: hericenones and erinacines. This is why we specifically extract 2% erinacines so that you can have the focus to stay on your A-game.
If you're interested in diving deeper into the benefits of Lion's Mane, HERE is a great resource to start with.
Cordyceps: The Energy Enhancer
Moving on from the brain to the body, let's talk about Cordyceps, the energy enhancer. These little powerhouses are key to utilizing and balancing your body’s natural energy storage when you need it most.
Cordyceps have been linked to increased production of ATP, the primary molecule that delivers energy to your muscles. They also may improve the way your body uses oxygen, particularly during exercise. The result? Increased endurance, stamina, and overall performance. Whether you're tackling a challenging ski run or paddling against the current, Cordyceps are there to keep your energy levels high and your adventure going strong.
For more information on the health benefits of Cordyceps, check out this ARTICLE.
Beta Glucans: The Immune Boosters
But that’s not all! There’s another powerful extract in our Odd Balls - Beta Glucans. These are naturally occurring polysaccharides found in the cell walls of cereals, bacteria, and fungi, including the Lion's Mane mushroom.
Beta Glucans are known for their ability to modulate the immune system, helping it to function optimally. They do this by activating and directing immune cells, such as macrophages and natural killer cells, to areas of the body where they are needed most. This can help your body to fight off infections and diseases more effectively. (see our founder's cancer story…)
This means that every time you snack on an Odd Ball, you're not only getting a delicious treat, but you're also giving your immune system a little extra TLC.
The Funguy Blend: A Powerful Combination
We've talked about the star players, but let's not forget the power of teamwork. At Odd Balls, we believe in the synergy of nature, which is why we created the Funguy Blend. This special blend of extracts combines the cognitive benefits of Lion's Mane, the energy-enhancing properties of Cordyceps, and the immune boosting support of Beta Glucans creating a powerful dose of wellness benefits.
Wrapped up in a delicious package of organic nuts and dried fruit, our energy balls are more than just a snack. They're a testament to the power of nature and the strength of human resilience, inspired by our founder's experience with cancer and his belief in the healing power of functional mushrooms.
Functional Mushrooms - The Secret Sauce
So, there you have it – the secret sauce of Odd Balls, the humble yet powerful functional mushrooms. They are the unsung heroes that make our energy balls not just odd, but a tool to support longer adventures, enhanced focus, and a boost to your immune health.
We believe in the power of functional mushrooms, and we're on a mission to raise awareness about their benefits. So join us on our journey of discovery in the fungal kingdom because there’s plenty more to see!