Mushroom Coffee Benefits and Why You Should Try It
So what’s this you keep hearing about mushroom coffee? Is it gross? Is it good? Are their health benefits? Well keep reading for a review so you can stop wondering.
If you’re like me, you love coffee, but what you don’t love is the jittery “I drank too much coffee today” feeling. Or the “I had a coffee at 2pm and now it’s 3am and I am STILL wired from that afternoon coffee” feeling.
Maybe it comes with age, but it seems that my body cannot metabolize caffeine the way it used to.
You remember those days? Drinking a soda before bed, being able to pass right out, not a care in the world! Well, those days are long gone for me. So now what?
Several months ago, on my journey of learning about my new Keto lifestyle, I came across the website Switchgrocery, a small Toronto, Ontario based business. They have a lot of Keto products, as well as other lifestyle products. Of these products, I stumbled upon the Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee, an instant coffee, perfect for a quick afternoon coffee.
Yah But Does Mushroom Coffee Taste Like Mushrooms?
I know, I know, “MUSHROOM COFFEE?” No, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms. I PROMISE! Let’s take a look at the entirely organic ingredients:
- Instant Coffee Powder
- Lion’s Mane Extract
- Chaga Extract
- Rhodiola Rosea Extract
OK, I know what you’re thinking again… Lion’s Mane? Chaga? RHODIO-WHAT? No, I’m not a mind reader. These are the things I thought about when I ordered my first 10 pack of the instant coffee mix.
Let’s have a look at what these ingredients actually are, and their potential benefits.
Mushroom Coffee Benefits
So I know I don’t have to say to you that this is not medical advice and shouldn’t be misconstrued as such, but I’m gonna say it anyways.
I did some research to find out what the benefits and here are my findings. According to Healthline.
Lion’s Mane: This is a type of mushroom that gets its nickname from its shaggy appearance. It is used in many Asian countries in cooking and also for its potential health benefits including decreased dementia risk, reduced inflammation, reduced heart disease risk, helps fight cancer, manage symptoms of diabetes, and relief of mild anxiety and depression.
They haven’t observed any side effects in studies, but if you have issues with mushrooms, like allergies, then you may want to avoid mushroom coffee altogether.
Chaga: You guessed it, another type of mushroom. This one is described as “ugly in appearance”. Used in Siberia and other Asian countries for more potential health benefits, such as boosting the immune system, lowering blood sugar, decreasing risk of cancer, and lowering cholesterol.
Rhodiola Rosea: This one is actually not a mushroom, it is an herb. Used in Russia and Scandanavian countries to treat anxiety, fatigue and depression for centuries.
So, What About The Taste? Is Mushroom Coffee Gross?
To be honest with you, this is the most delicious coffee I have ever had. Beyond your Tim Horton’s coffee, or your Starbucks coffee. Beyond my morning Keto Bulletproof coffee (check out this recipe post on Bulletproof Coffee/Keto Coffee).
This coffee tastes smooth and woody. The smell alone melts my senses. It is not bitter at all, even when drinking it black. I like to add a splash of heavy cream and sip this through the afternoon.
And one of the best parts? The part that keeps me spending $19.99 on a 10 pack of instant coffee packets? Because of the mushroom extracts added in, it isn’t as highly caffeinated as a regular coffee. So I could sip this coffee at 3pm and tuck myself in at 10pm as usual and be sleeping by 10:30pm. No problem. I don’t feel jittery in the afternoon either.
I would definitely give this instant coffee a 10/10. As long as I can sip my delicious mushroom coffee a couple times in the afternoon, I’m a happy girl.
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Shari is a free spirit who loves working on new DIY projects, promoting self care, working out, photography and spending time with her spouse and two kids. She makes a mean bulletproof coffee and is always testing new coffees at home.