May 24, 2021 4 min read
These days, it’s pretty common for someone to start their day with a hot cup of coffee (or tea) to help wake them up and prepare for the day ahead. However, a growing trend for health and wellness advocates is to drink mushroom coffee instead of regular coffee. These enthusiasts believe that ingesting mushroom coffee provides the health benefits and properties of mushrooms, adaptogens and botanicals.‡
Mushroom coffee is similar to regular coffee, but with two notable differences. The first is that the coffee contains traces of mushroom powder. These common powders are typically found in mushroom coffees are plant-based elixirs used to promote overall health and wellness.‡Powders derived from chaga, reishi, and lion’s mane mushrooms are typically added to the coffee to support the body’s immune system, maintain overall health and balance the body’s response to stressful episodes.‡
The second difference with mushroom coffees is that because they are enhanced with herbal adaptogens and mushrooms they can contain nearly half the amount of caffeine as regular coffee.‡ Despite the lower quantity of caffeine, mushroom coffee may still provide more energy, support physical endurance, and maintain cognitive performance.* The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that the caffeine content of mushroom coffee is equivalent to a standard cup of green tea.‡
Mushrooms have a very distinct taste that can polarize consumers; some people love the taste and some people hate it. But mushroom coffee tastes nothing like the mushroom roots from which the powders are extracted. A contributing article in Men’s Journal from a consumer of mushroom coffee describes how the taste is unique and satisfying, while it provides just the right amount of energy and support for the body to function healthily from day to day.‡
Yes, mushroom coffee does contain traces of caffeine, but at much lower amounts than in a standard cup of coffee.‡ A typical cup of brewed regular coffee contains 96 milligrams of caffeine, but a cup of mushroom coffee can contain as low as 14 milligrams of caffeine, depending on the type of mushroom powder used within the coffee.‡ In most cases, mushroom coffee contains approximately 50 milligrams of caffeine per 8 oz cup.‡
Since mushroom coffee contains less caffeine than regular coffee, there can be significant health benefits for regular coffee drinkers.‡ But the benefits extend beyond the caffeine quantities.
Organic mushrooms have been a staple of East Asian traditional herbal practices dating back hundreds of years. These cultures recognized the potential physical and mental benefits of mushrooms, and used mushroom powders as a means of supporting the body’s immune system and enabling the mind to maintain a healthy state of calm.‡
Over the years, demand for plant-based mushroom powders has expanded to western civilizations. This increase in popularity has led to greater product innovation and developments in the ways we ingest these mushroom powders.‡ And as a result, there are growing lists available with exciting new recipes for mushroom coffee and mushroom teas.
There are a variety of different types of mushroom coffees, each offering potential health benefits for both the body and the mind.‡ Below is a list of available solutions and explanations of benefits including those that support the body’s immune system and the mind’s strong cognitive performance.‡
Chaga mushroom coffee is created using chaga mushroom powder. It helps support a healthy immune system and a positive well-being.‡ At Rritual, chaga mushroom powder also contains traces of adaptogens like astragalus root, which contains many underlying health benefits.‡
Reishi mushroom coffee is created using reishi mushroom powder. Reishi is one of the most revered mushroom-based compounds that helps people cope with stressful situations.‡ At Rritual, reishi powders also contain traces of ashwagandha, an adaptogen that helps the body adapt to stressful episodes so that it maintains a healthy response.‡
Lion’s mane mushroom coffee can be created using lion’s mane mushroom powder. Lion’s mane is especially beneficial for supporting the health and well-being of the brain.‡ It has also been recognized as a nootropic, which means it can activate and clear the mind to support overall cognitive performance.‡
There are a number of creative recipes to enhance the taste and experience of drinking mushroom coffee. Some of the recipes are specific to certain mushroom powders.
For example, there are a number of recommended recipes to create chaga-infused drinks of your choice to support your body’s immune functions.‡ Similarly, you can go beyond coffee and follow a number of lion’s mane recipes to whip together quick meals to enjoy on a relaxing day.‡
Depending on your preferred tastes and what type of powder you believe will best support your health and wellness, you can follow established drink recipes or create a unique concoction of your own. We suggest doing what works for your body and mind and serves your interests in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and overall well being.
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