MUD\WTR is a powdered tea that markets itself as a coffee alternative. In this article we’ll review its ingredients based on medical research to determine if it’s healthy and if it can provide the same nootropic (cognitive-enhancing) effects as coffee.
The main active ingredient in MUD\WTR is a mushroom blend. The mushrooms included are: chaga, reishi, lion’s mane, and cordyceps.
These are all safe and well-studied mushrooms, but this formulation seems underdosed for any nootropic or medical benefit. Each mushroom has a dosage of 562 milligrams (mg).This is a relatively low amount, especially since these are just raw mushroom powders and not more concentrated extract powders.
A medical review of studies on chaga for health benefit all used vastly higher doses (some upwards of 10x higher) than the dosage in MUD\WTR, and most used chaga extract not raw chaga.
Examine.com reviewed all available studies on reishi, and we can’t find one single study suggesting it’s effective in a raw powder form at a dose as low as 562 mg.
A meta-review of lion’s mane found it to be effective for a wide range of nootropic functions, but again every study (except for one retracted) used a dose far higher than that in MUD\WTR.
Cordyceps has been studied for athletic performance enhancement (without much convincing evidence), but the dose used tends to be at least 1,000 mg/day or around 2x what’s in MUD\WTR.
Since we can’t find a single study showing such a low dose of these mushrooms to be effective for anything, and since MUD\WTR doesn’t publish any scientific research of their own, we can conclude that the mushroom blend in MUD\WTR is unlikely to be effective for any nootropic or medical benefit.
This tea also includes a blend of spices such as ginger and cardamom, and a black tea powder for caffeine. MUD\WTR doesn’t publish the caffeine content, but says it’s 1/7 the caffeine of a coffee, so we can assume there’s around 15 mg caffeine in this formulation which is quite low.
The minimum threshold for caffeine to be effective as a nootropic appears to be around 40 mg based on medical research, so we can conclude that the amount in MUD\WTR has no likely benefit.
Questionable Health Claims
MUD\WTR claims their lion’s mane inclusion “supports energy and focus” and reishi supports “immunity”, amongst other claims.
We strongly disagree with these health claims and find them to be fraudulent marketing. To argue that your product supports a health function you must be using an effective dose. Caffeine supports focus, but if an energy drink included 1 nanogram of caffeine and claimed their product supported focus it would be deceptive and fraudulent marketing because the benefits are totally dependent on an effective dose.
There is no clinical evidence we can find that any dose in this product is effective for anything, and the company doesn’t provide any. Thus, we can conclude that it’s just a regular tea and isn’t likely to support any specific element of health or wellness.
We also find it strange that the product is marketed as a “coffee replacement” when it contains a dose of caffeine that’s below the effective dose of at least 32 mg (and usually much higher) based on research.
Caffeine is the key ingredient in coffee that gives it its nootropic (cognitive-enhancing) effects. You can replace coffee with anything, but this product is no more of a coffee replacement than water, given that neither can substitute the benefits that coffee provides.
We don’t think there’s anything harmful about this formulation, and it’s good that they use no filler ingredients or added sugars, but it’s just an overpriced regular tea blend and not some special nootropic product.
MUD\WTR also claims that their products are all third-party tested for botanical identity, which is important because there’s tons of product quality issues in the supplement industry. But why not publish the tests if you have them? Balance of Nature is another company we recently reviewed which makes the same claims with no proof.
If you have the tests, publish them. Otherwise consumers have no reason to believe you. Reputable supplement and nutraceutical companies should be publishing independent testing proving the purity and label accuracy of their products at the bare minimum.