Introducing Fungies: Mushrooms in Delicious Gummy Form!

Fungi is all the rage. And what’s not to love? They grow like … fungus… and have a truly staggering array of nutritional properties that get the body, and brain, kicking in high gear. Today, we’re introducing you to Fungies, a truly unique mushroom-based (yet delicious and naturally flavored and colored) gummy supplement.

Meet Fungies — Mushroom Gummies

Fungies Mushroom Gummies Introduction

Try out the coolest way to get extremely beneficial mushrooms into your diet: gummies!

For the longest time, mushrooms were slept-on in the supplement industry. Mushrooms typically aren’t the first things that come to mind when you’re trying to build a supplement stack to optimize your body, mind, and general health.

Luckily, that’s changing. The incredible properties of certain varieties of mushrooms are starting to hit the mainstream, and with that comes awesome new delivery formats.

Our favorite by far is Fungies – super-healthy fungus cooked into delicious gummies.

Healthy and sweet? Can it be?

Rob Kaufman, co-founder of Fungies, has had a long tenure in the health and fitness space. He became well-known in these parts for his passion for biohacking. Kaufman’s already made waves with his other brand, SteelFit, which we’ve covered on PricePlow extensively.

One of his favorite biohacking substances is mushrooms. Specifically, those that have loads of research and thousands of years of anecdotal evidence backing their benefits for mental and physical performance. The big three are cordyceps, reishi, and lion’s mane (which we’ll dive into a bit later on).

The problem, like with so many things that are good for you is that old fashioned mushroom supplementation is less than ideal. Fungi are typically stuffed into gigantic capsules, boiled down into revolting tinctures, or not packaged in anything at all — forcing consumers to suck down a spoonful of terrible powders.

So Rob decided to merge the most tasty and simple delivery mechanism in the supplement world – gummies – with the awesome benefits of mushrooms. And so, Fungies was born. It’s the first of its kind.

Launching 3 Mushroom Gummy Supplements

Fungies Cordyceps

Fungies has launched with three functional mushroom products: Lion’s Mane, Reishi, and Cordyceps

There are an estimated 2 to 4 million species of mushroom in the world. Granted, a large portion will kill you upon consumption, but the point is: there are a lot of mushrooms out there.

Guided by scientific and anecdotal evidence backing their efficacy, Rob narrowed down that rather lengthy list to three types of mushrooms. His goal was to identify fungi that promotes wellness in the body and in the mind. His all-start list of mushrooms are: lion’s mane, reishi, and cordyceps.

The three products Fungies developed out of the gate are composed of these three awesome species of mushroom.

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Fungies Product Launch

At launch, the team over at Fungies released three gummy products, one for each of the core mushrooms we talked about above.

  • Lion’s Mane Mushroom Gummies by Fungies

    The first of Fungies’ debut gummies is Lion’s Mane Mushroom Gummies. Lion’s mane is an extremely interesting ingredient backed by a strong body of research, noted primarily for the following benefits:

    • Brain Function: Memory and Focus

      Fungies Lion's Mane Mushroom Gummies

      Lion’s Mane has an impressive body of research supporting its neurological benefits, such as improved clarity and focus.

      Lion’s mane is supported by an extensive body of research backing its effect on brain function – specifically, memory and recall. In a study conducted in Japan, 50 to 80-year-old adults showing signs of mild cognitive decline were dosed with 3 grams per day of lion’s mane for 16 weeks. Following the end of the study, subjects taking the mushroom saw an increase in functioning and cognitive ability.[1]

      Additional studies on mice linked lion’s mane to improved memory and general cognitive function.[2-4] For instance, giving large doses of lion’s mane to memory-impaired mice greatly protects against cognitive decline.[4]

      The mechanism: Boosting nerve growth factor

      In relation to nootropic properties, lion’s mane has been shown to stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF) production, which is a protein in the brain responsible for maintaining neurons.[2,5] This effect not only boosts levels of the protein, but lion’s mane has been shown to actually boost the growth of brain cells![6]

      Lion's Mane Nerve Cells

      Lion’s Mane is able to stimulate growth in brain cells.[6]

      Not only can lion’s mane stimulate brain function, but it’s also been shown to have neuroprotective benefits by enhancing acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that aids in nerve-cell communication.[3]

      For these reasons, lion’s mane has become the de-facto “nootropic mushroom”. In fact, researchers published a study in 2008 testing numerous types of mushrooms, and lion’s mane was the only one able to boost nerve growth factor.[7]

      it can also be considered in any type of nerve injury.

    • Mood

      Several studies have demonstrated its efficacy in combating feelings of anxiety and depression. One four-week study on middle-aged menopausal women found lion’s mane treatment improved their menopausal symptoms – such as difficulty concentrating, anxiety, and irritability.[8]

      One suggested mechanism for this property is owed to the fact that lion’s mane contains amycenone, a compound that’s been shown to decrease inflammation, which plays a large role in depression.

    • Sleep

      Sleep is essential to proper functioning of the brain and the body. Lion’s mane can potentially improve your sleep quality by making your circadian rhythm more efficient. Research in mice has indicated a reduced level of wakefulness at the end of the “active phase” of the sleep cycle and therefore advanced the sleep-wake cycle.[9]

    These are just a few of the lion’s mane benefits, as exhibited through rigorous research. Fungies Lion’s Mane Mushroom Gummies are launching with a sweet and fruity Blueberry-Strawberry flavor.

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  • Reishi Mushroom Gummies by Fungies

    Fungies Reishi Mushroom Gummies

    Reishi helps the body maintain healthy immune function and can enhance the impact of rest and relaxation.

    Ganoderma lucidum, or “Reishi”, has been used medicinally for thousands of years, particularly in the Far East and dating back at least as far as the Ming Dynasty.[10]

    The benefits of reishi

    Historical usage shows that reishi has been used to:

    • Help regulate the immune system and fight off infections[10]
    • Control blood glucose levels[10,11]
    • Aid sleep and recovery[10]

    Unfortunately, reishi has been studied less than lion’s mane in the rigorous, structured setting of a lab or in controlled trials. Still, the anecdotal reports stemming from reishi supplementation is overwhelming, to say the least.

    Reishi Mushroom Gummies are releasing with a Delicious Apple flavor, to start.

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  • Cordyceps Mushroom Gummies by Fungies

    Cordyceps militaris, not to be confused with the often-misidentified cordyceps sinensis, grows abundantly in the high alpine meadows of Tibet. Its mycelium – the “fruiting body” produced when the spores germinate – resemble caterpillars. Cordyceps (of all kinds) provides a very powerful bioactive constituent known as cordycepin, which has been linked to many benefits listed below — especially athletic ones.

    Fungies Cordyceps Mushroom Gummies

    Cordyceps is a great choice for those looking for a boost in energy and workout performance!

    Like reishi, cordyceps has a long and storied history in traditional Chinese medicine[3] due to its extensive list of purported health benefits. Here are a few of them:

    • Increases energy and endurance[12,13]
    • Reduces stress[12]
    • Promotes muscle protein synthesis[14]
    • Improves glucose metabolism[15,16]
    • Boosts virility[17,18]

    The athletic performance mushroom

    While lion’s mane primarily offers cognitive benefits and reishi offers some unique immune system benefits, cordyceps covers the physical side of supplementation. It has research demonstrating significantly improved endurance and athletic performance, which will be covered in great detail when we dive into these specific gummies.

    For instance, cordyceps militaris has shown to support increased ATP production,[26] which is critical since ATP is our body’s energy currency and can lead to whole-body improvements, especially athletically. In that study, it led to improved grip strength.[26] Another study showed that a blend of mushrooms led with cordyceps militaris helped athletes improve VO2max after three weeks.[13]

    We need to discuss Fungies’ choice in their strain used:

    Why cordyceps militaris and non sinensis?

    When cordyceps came onto the scene, the sinensis strain was most popular at first. However, Rob and the team at Fungies went with cordyceps militaris. There are a few reasons why we prefer this version:

    1. More powerful extracts

      Fungies Cordyceps

      Fungies Cordyceps are made with Cordyceps Militaris, the more potent strain of cordyceps!

      In 2005, researchers determined that cordyceps militaris has a greater amount of the bioactive constituents — exopolysaccharides and cordycepin — than can be found in sinensis.[19] It’s easier to culture and scientists are able to sustain the collection of cordycepin longer.

      In 2006, researchers again confirmed greater bioactive constituents (including more adenosine), then saw that cordyceps militaris had far antioxidant efficiency than sinensis.[20] This had also been shown earlier in 2001.[21]

    2. Cordyceps sinensis misidentification

      It turns out that some of those cordyceps sinensis supplements may not even be cordyceps at all! DNA sequencing confirmed that the “easy to grow” cordyceps sinensis they thought had been used throughout the industry was actually a completely different species named Paecilomyces Hepiali![22-25] This is a species that often grows alongside cordyceps, but is not cordyceps itself.

      It’s a long story, but the point is that many of those cordyceps sinensis supplements may not even be real cordyceps!

    Fungies very wisely skips that drama by using the more powerful cordyceps militaris in their gummies.

    Cordyceps Mushroom Gummies is launching with a sweet Mango-Pineapple flavor.

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Naturally flavored and colored

It’s mentioned in the intro but worth repeating – Fungies are naturally flavored and naturally colored.

We’ve found that natural flavors are superior to the most palates when the flavors are dosed strongly enough – and that’s certainly the case with these. No nasty mushroom taste inside, just powerful, sweet gummies with great texture!

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As far as we’re concerned, the supplement industry’s lack of experimentation with functional mushrooms is shameful. Lion’s mane, cordyceps, and reishi, among other types of fungi, are backed by a young but promising body of scientific research, in addition to the veritable avalanche of anecdotal evidence going back thousands of years and preserved via oral tradition.

Until now, the options on the market for mushroom supplementation have been limited to absolute basics, like pills and powders.

Fungies decided to take these awesome natural organisms and alchemized them into a delicious naturally-flavored, non-gelatin, gummy. Mushroom gummies… We can’t wait to take them for a spin. Fungies Mushroom Gummies Debut

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Led by founder Mike Roberto, PricePlow is a team of industry veterans that include medical students, bodybuilders, a powerlifter, medical researchers, and a legal expert who became involved with dieting and supplements out of personal need.

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