Why are we all swapping our Latte’s for Lion’s mane? Mushroom coffee: A Fungilicious fare; or just another fad?


So what does mushroom coffee do for our lives? Is it that much better for us than regular coffee? And does the introduction of a victual that should, in theory, be reserved as an accompaniment to our tagliatelle, taste any good?


In this blog, I explore why it is we’re losing our s**t over shiitake, and the reasons wellness companies like, Goop, MindyBodyGreen, and Well+Good are all advocating the consumption of mushroom coffee.


What is mushroom coffee? 


Mushroom coffee is created by drying super shrooms (Reishi, Chaga, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, and Shiitake) and extracting their beneficial ingredients; namely polyphenols, and adding them to ground or instant coffee. Think it sounds disgusting? You’d be surprised – the subtly sweet and nutty flavour of mushroom coffee is not dissimilar to the taste of regular coffee.


What are the specific health benefits of these so-called super shrooms?


Recharge with Reishi: Known in China as ‘King of the Mushroom’. The Reishi mushroom has a wealth of health benefits. Not only does it boost the immune system and support blood sugar control, but it also supports mental clarity; giving you just the morning hit you need.


Chow down on Chaga: Used as a traditional medicine in Russia and parts of Northern Europe for centuries because of its positive effects on the immune system, Chaga is low on calories and heavy on antioxidants.


Lust over Lion’s Mane: Known for its cognitive-enhancing properties, this shroom got its name from its shaggy, white appearance. Lion’s Mane has strong anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.


Fill-e-up-e on Maitake: This medicinal mushroom has a medley of healing properties with it being rich in an array of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids; including potassium, copper, vitamin B, and C.


Shower me with Shiitake: Packed full of vitamins and minerals and known for their antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, there’s a reason Shiitake mushrooms are the second most popular edible mushrooms in the world.


So what are the benefits of swapping our latte’s for a cup of Lion’s mane?


  • There’s less caffeine in a cup of mushroom coffee and a hell of a lot more antioxidants. But that doesn’t diminish the much-craved stimulating effects of caffeine. Medicinal mushrooms – the extract found in mushroom coffee – are equally good at enhancing focus and mental clarity.


  • Mushroom coffee offers a natural energy relief while consuming less caffeine curbs cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and helps promote a better night’s sleep.


  • Mushroom coffee allows you to feel alert and energised without experiencing an accelerated heart rate leading to anxiety and restlessness.


  • Easier on the digestive system. Super shrooms contain gut-friendly bacteria, reducing stress inflicted on your stomach.


So should we heed this weird hipster ritual and shell out on a packet of mushroom coffee? My verdict is, yes. Curtail on the caffeine and focus on fungi. For the comfort of the familiar morning routine, Four Sigmatic mushroom Coffee gives us both. If you can’t bear the taste – which I promise you can – then why not try a supplement like Nuravita’s Mushroom Superblend Capsules or add a mushroom powder like Vegan Vitality’s Super Mushroom Complex to your beverage’s soups and smoothies.

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