Why Shiitake is your new teammate
A little food for thought: Shiitake is a functional mushroom known to be a powerful brain booster for athletes. It's chock full of beta-glucans and minerals, including high concentrations of B vitamins and folate (a.k.a. energy makers) that help to turn food into energy and sharpen mental clarity. Stay active, stay sharp! Interestingly, a long time ago, in feudal Japan, Shiitake mushrooms were revered as symbols of wealth and wellbeing. They were held in such high regard that they were used as a form of currency, with villagers paying their taxes and rent in Shiitakes.
Makes us think of… Rose Lavelle
When professional soccer player Rose Lavelle is in the U.S. national team lineup, the whole team just gels. She’s the engine of the team, one of the key orchestrators of the team’s unmatched and enduring success. It’s her playmaking abilities that sets her apart — marked by exceptional vision on the field, the capacity to make quick, strategic decisions, and ability to sustain high levels of performance throughout long, grueling tournaments. When we think about Shiitake, we think of exactly this sort of playmaking ability, and how Lavelle embodies the cognitive and energy-boosting benefits associated with Shiitake mushrooms.
Benefits of Shiitake for Athletes
Shiitake mushrooms are brimming with compounds that work to improve overall cognitive function, helping athletes anticipate plays and strategize with the clarity and focus of a national team midfielder.
Energize Like a Champ
Shiitakes are a source of sustained energy that doesn't crash and burn, helping convert the food athletes eat more efficiently into usable energy. This in turn helps keep energy levels on point, so athletes can perform when they need to.
When to take Shiitake functional mushrooms
Times when athletes can consider using Shiitake to help with performance:
- Daily, in the morning: Use Shiitake 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: When taken 30-60 minutes prior to a workout, Shiitake can be helpful for athletes who want to feel more focused and energized during that workout.
- On the go: When on the go, Shiitake can offer a sustained release of energy, which helps keep athletes energized through training or in between meals.