Mushroom Coffee

Can Mushroom Coffee Replace Morning Joe?

Coffee might dominate our mornings, but it’s not the only way to kickstart your day — or necessarily the best. Some people, tired of jitters, over-dependency, upset stomachs, and a built-up tolerance to caffeine, are now replacing their morning cup of Joe with mushroom coffee. And they might be on to something: the best mushroom coffees could bring attractive benefits including calm, all-day energy, and a stronger immune system.

What Is Mushroom Coffee? Mushroom Coffee Ingredients

The best mushroom coffees are careful blends of different mushroom extracts, and they sometimes include a splash of tea leaves or coffee beans. These mushrooms aren’t the kind you eat (or the trippy psilocybin kind), but rather medicinal mushrooms that have been used for thousands of years, in some cases, as natural health treatments. The best mushroom coffees also taste like coffee — not mushrooms — so there’s nothing to fear in terms of flavor.

Below are some of the most common mushroom coffee ingredients. Most purported health benefits are based on extensive anecdotal evidence, as well as cell and animal testing.

Lion’s Mane: Named after its shaggy appearance, the lion’s mane has been used medicinally since ancient times. A number of studies strongly suggest that the fungus may strengthen our immune systems, reduce inflammation, and even alleviate anxiety and depression. Animal research has also shown that lion’s mane extract can kill cancer cells, help with diabetes, and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Chaga: Chaga mushroom, another fungus that’s been used by humans for centuries, may bring health benefits similar to lion’s mane including anti-inflammation and a boost to the immune system.

Reishi: Mainly found in Asia, Reishi mushroom usage can be traced back hundreds of years in Eastern medicine. Preliminary studies have shown that Reishi could increase energy while lessening depression and anxiety symptoms. It’s also used to control blood sugar and improve overall immune health. Know more:

Anand Vaid

Sempera Organics' staff writer seeks out all the latest mushroom news to keep you informed and up-to-date.

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