It’s possible that you thought you heard your barista wrong but you didn’t, mushroom lattes are the next big health food trend. You probably thought you’d never consider adding liquefied and dried out mushroom mixes to your coffee but welcome to 2018.
Advocates promote it as a way to enjoy coffee without some of the negative side effects that come with regular coffee. Fans of a mushroom mix in your coffee also tout the rich, earthy, and bold taste. It’s also been promoted as a way to reduce blood-sugar levels and inflammation. You’ll likely see it marketed as ‘the world’s healthiest coffee’.
Natural health sites have promoted mushroom teas as “great for lowering anxiety and supporting the adrenal glands.” Stating that “geranium, also found in mushrooms, enables the body to use oxygen more efficiently while reducing damage caused by free radicals.”
But it’s not just your coffee, mushroom mixes are gaining popularity in chocolates, broth, and teas.
To be honest, the idea intrigues us. We’ve talked about the power of Reishi Mushrooms on this blog before and have seen the science backing the power of certain species of this fungi but how much of an impact can it have on your health in your coffee?
Medicinal mushrooms are cordyceps which have been shown to fight the signs of aging in our brains (including diseases such as Alzheimer’s), reduce inflammation, and fight cancer cells. It’s also been shown to help ward off the common cold or flu, help with symptoms of asthma, boost energy levels, stabilize cholesterol levels, treat bladder infections, and help with muscle weakness.
That is one amazing fungus! But before you go crazy stocking up on mushroom coffee and chocolate, know that like anything, not all brands are created equal.
The most popular mushroom coffee mix contains Lion’s Mane and Chaga mushrooms. Lion’s mane mushrooms have shown to reduce anxiety and depression and even fight neurological decline. Chaga mushrooms have shown to fight cancer cells, inflammation, and DNA damage.
However, experts argue that in order to take advantage of these benefits, these products need to contain the fruiting part mushrooms, not the roots or vegetative parts (Mycelium). Food and health experts have estimated that 90% of the mushroom products out there are made from the mycelium part of the fungi. That means the health benefits that are associated with these mushroom products won’t be gained from consuming them.
Many of these ‘magic mushroom’ products don’t have an adequate amount of mushroom in them to have any sort of effect on your health. Note that 500g-1000g of lion’s mane mushroom would be considered an adequate dosage.
These mushroom mixes can also interfere with medication, therefore it’s important to consult your health practitioner before adding mushroom coffee to your diet while on any prescriptions.
So if you’re looking to mix up your morning coffee and gain some additional health benefits from sipping, look for products that don’t include Mycelium and have adequate dosages.
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