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The Hype of Mushroom Coffee

May 5, 2023

Mushroom coffee is trending in the health and wellness community as a new way to get your daily caffeine fix. However, mushrooms are not a new concept, as they have been used in traditional medicinal practices for centuries.

What is mushroom coffee?

Mushroom coffee is a unique beverage made from a blend of ground adaptogenic mushrooms and coffee beans, resulting in a smooth, dark, and nutty flavor. The functional mushrooms undergo a drying and extraction process to extract the beneficial compounds, which are then added to a regular coffee blend.

The most commonly used mushrooms in mushroom coffee are lion’s mane, chaga, reishi, cordyceps, and turkey’s tail. While a typical cup of coffee provides, on average, 100 mg of caffeine, a cup of mushroom coffee contains about half that. However, what keeps consumers coming back for more is the list of unique benefits from each of its fungi plants.

Types of mushrooms and benefits

Mushroom coffee is known for its unique health benefits and medicinal properties compared to regular coffee. Its benefits include:

  • Increased immunity
  • Reduced stress
  • Cognitive support (including memory and concentration)
  • Decreased cancer risk
  • Increased energy and stamina

While many of the mushrooms carry similar benefits, they also hold their own unique benefits, which contribute to the functional beverage.

Lion’s mane

Lion’s mane mushrooms have been gaining recognition for their impressive health benefits. In recent years, studies have been conducted to further investigate the potential of this mushroom, with promising results. Not only has it been shown to provide antioxidative, antidiabetic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antihyperglycemic, and hypolipidemic effects, but several studies have also shown that compounds in lion’s mane can benefit cognitive and memory function, reducing brain plaque associated with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.

A study published in Phytotherapy Research which gave participants lion’s mane extract for 16 weeks, showed significant improvements compared to those given a placebo. Additionally, lion’s mane is high in beta-glucan, a fiber that may increase longevity for cancer patients and might lower cholesterol levels. With its potential benefits, lion’s mane is a mushroom you want in your coffee. Read more:

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