It’s been known for a long time that mushrooms have health benefits. According to Visual Dictionary, there are over 50,000 species of mushrooms, including molds and yeasts. Various types are hallucinogenic, 1 to 2 % of species are poisonous, and others are used for their medicinal properties. Medicinal mushrooms are a unique subset containing health-boosting compounds that can treat and prevent different diseases and enhance overall wellbeing. Though each medicinal mushroom has its own distinct benefits, they can help with everything from the common cold to chronic fatigue, inflammation, stress, anxiety, focus, hormone regulation, libido, and high blood sugar.
Most well-known medicinal mushrooms are Cordyceps, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Turkey Tail, and are currently available as nutritional supplements, but also they are available as mushroom coffee.
When I first heard of mushroom coffee, I thought it is similar to grain coffee. I am not a big fan of grain coffee. I would rather drink herbal tea if I need to avoid caffeine than drinking grain coffee. So, when I had an opportunity to try mushroom coffee, I was a little hesitant. However, interestingly enough, mushroom coffee tastes pretty similar to regular coffee. It is, after all, coffee with mushroom extracts blended in.
The mushrooms are dried and extracted before being combined with coffee. Most often, you’ll find instant coffee or ground coffee versions of the beverage. So what kind of health benefit can we expect from mushroom coffee?
The very popular mushroom coffee brand, Four Sigmatic makes the following claims:
“Power through a busy day with steady energy …
Keep your brain sharp so you can think fast, and think clearly …
Fuel productivity and creativity …
And even support immune functions
Plus, Lion’s Mane provides steady, sustained, natural energy, so you get all the “perk” of coffee without the crash or the jitters!
Another popular one is RYZE mushroom coffee. The website says;
Loaded with adaptogenic mushrooms, our organic coffee blend delivers you calm energy, sharp focus, and immune support for a balanced body and clear mind. Taste? Smooth, creamy, and earthy. All with less than half the caffeine of normal coffee. No jitters, no crash. This coffee contains cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Turkey Tail, King Trumpet, and MCT Oil.
Also some reviews of mushroom coffee commented that, “you no longer have to worry about getting an accelerated heart rate. In addition, even when you drink a cup of coffee around the afternoon, you can still enjoy a restful sleep and manage to sleep early. You also don’t need to get concerned about suffering from any digestive comfort. Best of all, you will not feel jittery or have a hint of anxiety or restlessness.”
So basically, mushroom coffee has less caffeine, gives you more focus and energy and enhances your immune system (benefit might be different depending on what kind of mushroom they use). However, I don’t understand or can’t figure out why mushroom coffee has less caffeine even though it is described that mushroom coffee is just regular coffee with mushroom extract. Does it mean whatever the mushrooms they use offset or reduce the caffeine content?
If you’re looking to maximize the benefits of your morning cup of Joe but aren’t a fan of those post-morning jitters, mushroom coffee may be just the uplifting beverage you’re looking for. However, I personally prefer to enjoy high quality coffee without adding anything in it and rather take high quality supplement of those medicinal mushrooms.