Health food companies have begun adding functional mushrooms to everything, and many have doubled down on the health angle by producing matcha mixed with these fungi.
Many wonder if mushroom matcha is a match made in anti-inflammatory heaven or a fresh variant of snake oil to lure in health-conscious consumers.
Adaptogenic mushrooms supposedly help our bodies respond better to stress, in theory reducing anxiety, boosting dopamine, or improving stamina during physical activity.
Matcha, a form of high-grade green tea, is high in antioxidants. It may promote heart health, prevent cancer, protect the liver, reduce blood pressure, and alleviate stress.
While both matcha and functional mushrooms may offer health benefits if consumed regularly, neither is likely to cure all that ails you, even when paired.