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The Power of Functional Mushrooms

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

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!

Mushroom Extract Powder on a table.
Mushroom Extract

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.

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Lion's Mane: The Brain Booster

Lions Mane mushroom outside in a forest.
Lion's Mane Mushroom

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

Cordyceps mushroom displayed on a table.
Cordyceps Mushroom

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.