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An introduction to Poria

The Stealth Fatigue Fighter

Poria

Meet Poria

An introduction to Poria (Wolfiporia extensa), a functional mushroom: Why athletes should consider using Poria, its benefits for performance and recovery, when to take it, and intake guidelines.
Poria

Why Poria is your new teammate

Poria Sclerotia isn’t a fruiting body mushroom — think of it more like a truffle, waiting to emerge from underground, storing energy and goodness until the time is right to use it. It is a powerhouse of benefits. Nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory, it has been used to help fight fatigue and is something every athlete should include in their diet. For centuries now, long before the start of modern-day holistic wellness trends, Poria has been a cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine, revered for its ability to help balance the body's internal systems and promote overall health.

 

Makes us think of… Antoine Winfield, Jr.

Poria lies underground, biding its time until the moment is right to unleash the energy it has stored away. It strikes us that this is very much like the strength of an NFL safety, being able to read the confusing field and strike only when the time is exactly right. Antoine Winfield Jr. is one of the best to ever play the position in the NFL, with a knack for making decisive plays when the stakes are highest. He has the patience, decisiveness, and versatility to figure out what needs to be done on each play — stay in the backfield to guard the deep ball, crash the running back’s rush, or attack the line to sack the quarterback. He is the embodiment of Poria, a quiet but potent force, showing up exactly when it’s needed.

 

Benefits of Poria for Athletes

The Focus Booster

Poria is a functional mushroom that is like a sharpshooter, helping to improve concentration and mental alertness during intense plays and training sessions, and helping athletes keep their head in the game.

Fatigue Fighter

Poria can also play a notable role in reducing physical and mental fatigue, crucial for athletes who undergo rigorous training or face intense competition. It can help them stay sharp and perform at their best without having to give into exhaustion.

 

When to take Poria functional mushrooms

Times when athletes can consider using Poria to help with performance:

  • Daily, in the morning: Use Poria as a part of a daily morning routine. Consistency is key. Taking Poria every day can better help build and maintain higher levels of focus and energy.
  • Pre-workout: Taking Poria before any intense physical activity can improve mental clarity and concentration during that activity.
  • Times of high stress: Athletes, almost by definition, will face significant mental and physical stress. That’s just how sports work. Using Poria during these periods can help maintain mental balance and support overall well-being.

Intake guidelines for functional mushrooms

Each athlete has different needs, of course. And, there is no official regulatory agency that has determined any sort of recommended daily dosage. Based on our own experience, however, reading all the research and consulting with the professional trainers, nutritionists, and athletes that we know, we have a solid point of view on it. Please use it as an input, and also work with a professional, if you can, to figure out what works best for you.

A meaningful amount

An estimated ~300 mg – 1,000 mg per functional mushroom per day.

How much is enough functional mushrooms? For us, depending on the source of the mushrooms and quality of the extraction and production methods used, a meaningful amount of functional mushrooms is at least 300 mg of one functional mushroom on any given day. If the dose is more than 300 mg, so much the better, but only up to a point. More than 1,000 mg starts to see diminishing returns, in our experience.

Enough per day

At least 2,000 mg total intake of functional mushrooms daily.

We suggest getting at least 2,000 mg of functional mushrooms daily — in whatever combination of types and formats of mushrooms that makes sense to you. You know your sport, abilities, routines, and goals better than anyone else.

For example, this could mean taking 1,000 mg of two different mushroom tinctures as a part of your daily routine. Or it could mean eating a single bar containing 500 mg of five different mushrooms.

In a regular routine

For best results, use functional mushrooms consistently over time.

While many people feel effects from functional mushrooms right away, the most significant and lasting benefits come with consistent use over time. Regular intake allows the body to accumulate and use the active compounds more effectively, leading to sustained improvements in performance and recovery. Consistent use also helps in reducing inflammation and maintaining the body’s balance.

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