What is Mushroom Coffee?
Mushroom drinks have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine for their potential anti-aging, stress-reducing, and energy supporting properties.
Mushroom “coffee” was also used as an alternative in World War II when coffee was one of the first goods to be in short supply. This alternative hot drink started in Finland when people began to use Chaga mushroom, which is native to their country, as a coffee substitute.
Mushroom coffee combines instant coffee with medicinal mushrooms in a synergistic blend, which tastes great but also offers all the health benefits of regular coffee without any of the usual downsides.
Why Mushroom Coffee is Good for You
Mushroom coffee is a great alternative to regular coffee as mushrooms naturally have antioxidant properties, are adaptogenic, non-irritating on the digestive tract, and are also immune supporting, making them a fantastic addition to your daily routine.
While the caffeine levels of mushroom coffee tend to be lower than instant coffee, the synergy of medicinal mushrooms and coffee means it can offer more health benefits and less downsides than your average cup of coffee.
Many mushrooms are adaptogenic in nature and have beneficial effects for the adrenal glands thereby helping to mitigate caffeine’s jittery side effects. The adaptogenic properties of functional mushrooms helps the body to fight daily stressors.
5 Reasons to Start Drinking Mushroom Coffee
Mushrooms like Cordyceps and Reishi are fantastic sources of adenosine, which helps block some of the stimulatory effects caused by regular coffee like anxiety and jitters. So you get all the health benefits, and none of the downsides.
Mushrooms pair nicely flavour wise with coffee, it’s a delicious and easy way to get your daily dose of medicinal mushrooms.
Mushroom powders are packed with nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Mushroom coffee is an easy way to pack extra nutrients into your diet.
Mushrooms and coffee tend to have many synergistic benefits from brain and energy support, to antioxidant properties, combining some of these powerful substances that help to protect the body from free radical damage.
Mushroom coffee should be easier on the stomach than instant coffee as the acidity of coffee is naturally counterbalanced. Mushroom powders are also great for gut health as they are rich in prebiotics which support digestive health.
What Makes a Good Mushroom Coffee Blend?
If you are looking for a good mushroom coffee there are a few things to look out for:
Mushrooms 4 Life mushroom coffees are organically certified, third party tested, and free from excipients. Just packed full of the good stuff, with organic Sumatran coffee and a therapeutic dose of medicinal mushrooms per serving, alongside naturally sweet vanilla and aromatic cardamom to counteract coffee’s acidic notes.
Rich in active polysaccharides, Cordyceps and Reishi have the most extensive range of therapeutic indications of all medicinal mushrooms. They are a great source of adenosine, a neurotransmitter which can buffer some of the stimulatory effects of caffeine. This is what makes them such a great pairing for our coffee mixes: keeping you alert and focused without the crash.
Cordyceps Adaptogen Coffee
If you love waking up with coffee, take it to the next level with our Cordyceps Adaptogen Coffee. Cordyceps is rich in unique bioactive compounds like cordycepin and has been shown to support the adrenal glands during busy and stressful times.
A great choice to support stamina and endurance pre-workout and stable energy levels throughout the day. The stimulating properties of Cordyceps work in harmony with coffee for smooth, clean energy to wake the body and mind and keep you focused and productive all day long.
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Reishi Zen Coffee
Reishi was used traditionally to support relaxation, stress response, and overall wellness. We combine organic Sumatran coffee with natures ultimate calming mushroom, to help you cope with the demands of the modern world and face whatever your day may bring.
Reishi is a gentle yet powerful mushroom that works to balance the body’s many glands and organs steadily overtime, which makes it ideal for daily use. High in bioactive polysaccharides and triterpenes, this revered mushroom works in synergy with coffee for stable energy levels and mental focus without any crashes.
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The Bottom Line - Experts opinion on mushrooms coffee
The benefits of coffee are now well known. Coffee contains many essential nutrients including B-vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. But, it isn’t entirely without downsides.
Coffee is highly acidic and may irritate the digestive lining, and for some people due to the way they metabolise caffeine it may disrupt circadian rhythms which regulate sleep-wake cycles and aggravate sleep issues. For some people caffeine can cause issues like indigestion, heartburn, insomnia, anxiety, and more which is why adding mushrooms to your cup of coffee can be a great alternative, and help to offset these potential downsides.
Mushroom powders not only compliment the flavour of coffee but add an array of nutritional benefits depending on which mushroom is used, and provide a longer and more sustained boost than regular coffee which can lead to energy crashes later.
Mushrooms have many complimentary benefits from focus, to supporting energy levels, and antioxidant properites. Mushrooms work perfectly in combination with coffee, buffering against its negative effects, leaving you to enjoy all the flavour and health benefits it has to offer.