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Have you tasted the delicious and nutritious "Mushroom Coffee"?

Pulished on Dec. 19, 2019

Mushroom coffee not only has the health benefits of coffee, but also adds the benefits of the mushroom itself; the same is true for mushroom tea and mushroom hot cocoa. The mushrooms used in these drinks are not the mushrooms we use for daily cooking, but the "medicinal mushrooms".

Medicinal mushrooms used in mushroom coffee and mushroom tea are usually health foods such as cordyceps. Studies have shown that medicinal mushrooms can enhance human immunity and brain cell function. If you want your coffee to "go up one level" every day, give it a try. Don't worry, it tastes-it's still a cup of coffee.

"What mushrooms are used in mushroom coffee?

When you hear the word "mushroom coffee", what may come to your mind is a steaming cup of coffee with a few mushrooms damaging the atmosphere. I'm not talking about this mushroom coffee. There are different mushroom coffees on the market today. This type of coffee is usually based on ordinary coffee, with medicinal shiitake mushroom extract.

There is also a coffee powder that mixes instant coffee with mushroom extract. The mushroom extract in this coffee powder is usually a concentrate made by spray drying and separating the key nutritional ingredients in medicinal mushrooms. There is also a package of mushroom extract powder, which also adds some other ingredients, such as organic mint, fennel and stevia extract, which can be brewed into tea.

There are many types of disease-resistant mushrooms. There are several commonly used medicinal mushrooms in mushroom coffee and mushroom tea: Cordyceps, Chaga, Hericium erinaceus, Yunzhi, Lingzhi.

Three benefits of mushroom coffee

1.Promote liver health

Different mushroom coffees use different kinds of mushrooms. One type of coffee uses reishi mushroom extract. Ganoderma can promote the elimination of waste and toxins from the body, improve liver function, and prevent liver disease.

2.Improve digestive function and relieve diabetes

Mushrooms are rich in polysaccharides, especially β-glucans or homopolysaccharides with biological activity. These special polysaccharides play a prebiotic role in the digestive system and can improve the health of the digestive system. Animal experiments have also shown that β-glucan in mushrooms can help reduce weight and lower blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides in diabetic mice. β-glucan also seems to have a positive biochemical effect on insulin receptors, which can improve the sensitivity of insulin.

3.Reduce the negative effects of caffeine

Most of the mushroom coffee on the market is made with half the coffee and half the mushroom extract, so when you switch from regular coffee to mushroom coffee, you reduce your caffeine intake by half. Of course, you need to check its composition and content before buying, but in general, as long as mushroom ingredients are added, the proportion of caffeine will naturally decrease. Moderate intake of caffeine can improve concentration, but excessive amounts can easily make people nervous. Medicinal mushroom ingredients can moderate this negative effect.

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Reishi Mushroom Extract

Who is not suitable for mushroom coffee?

Most mushrooms extract factorys recommend not drinking more than two packs a day. Although mushroom coffee has a lower caffeine content, it is important not to overdose.

Some doctors warn that for people with autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, eating medicinal mushrooms can make the disease worse. Because medicinal mushrooms stimulate the immune system, they may react with medications the patient is taking, or they may over activate certain immune cells. Patients with blood disorders such as coagulopathy should also drink with caution, as some medicinal mushrooms can affect blood clotting.

Since different types of mushrooms are used, different mushroom coffees may have different edibles. Therefore, I recommend checking the side effects of the types of mushrooms contained in coffee before choosing coffee.

In addition, if you have any symptoms or are taking any medications, you must first check with your doctor if you can drink mushroom coffee or mushroom tea; people who are allergic to mushrooms should also avoid drinking them.