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Mushroom-based products have been making a prominent appearance on the shelves of health food stores all over the world within the last year. Dominating social media ads, this new superfood trend claims to boast several promising health benefits to the curious consumer. As medicinal mushrooms begin to become more mainstream, here is what you need to know regarding the different types of medicinal mushrooms commonly found in this superfood trend, in addition to the benefits of mushroom-based products, such as Four Sigmatic’s mushroom coffee

 

Although they are trending right now, mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Japanese medicine. Overall, mushrooms can have varying health benefits dependent on the type of mushroom. There hasn’t been a ton of modern research supporting the claimed benefits. However, many note the concentrated amount of antioxidants along with an overall boost to the immune system.  

How is mushroom coffee made?

Many turn their nose away at the thought of drinking a cup of mushroom coffee. Despite what it sounds like, mushroom coffee doesn’t taste like mushrooms and does not have mushrooms floating on top of your cup of joe. Medicinal mushroom extracts are added to blended coffees, teas, and cocoas. Four Sigmatic, a major producer of mushroom coffee and products, uses a dual-extraction process to ensure fibers and non-valuable components of the fungi, such as the water soluble and fat soluble compounds, are removed, leaving behind superfood benefits.

What are the health benefits?

One of the most attractive benefits of mushroom coffee is that it contains less caffeine and acidity as typical coffee, leaving consumers feeling more energized without feeling jittery. Mushroom coffee is also said to be great for digestion, stress management, and anxiety. Each type of mushroom can yield different benefits, as explained below:

 

Reishi

Reishi mushrooms may help promote relaxation, decrease stress, and improve sleep. Studies have also shown that Reishi may also have anti-cancerous properties, in addition to the ability to help fight fatigue and manage heart health. 

 

Lion’s Mane

Lion’s mane is the go-to mushroom for those looking for help concentrating. This brain food helps users focus and bring out their inner creativity. This white mushroom has also been long used by Buddhist monks during meditation. 

 

Chaga

As one of the few varieties that grow in cold climates, Chaga mushrooms are commonly used for their antioxidant properties. They are a great addition to the diet of anyone looking to boost their immune system. 

 

Cordyceps

Cordyceps is most known for its energy boosting properties. This type of mushroom is great for anyone looking to increase their stamina and endurance.