Benefits of Mushroom Coffee | POPSUGAR Fitness

We added nut milk first, then butter, and now maybe the world has gone crazy with the addition of mushroom coffee. I’ll be the first to admit it sounds gross, but let me explain why I decided to give it a try.

The mushrooms in question are actually a new type of “magic” mushroom called adaptogens. They have a range of benefits, from increased focus to reduced anxiety, and may even contain anti-aging benefits. With the rise in popularity of these adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms, all kinds of fun, new, and Instagram-worthy drinks just like mushroom coffee.

Now when you think of mushroom coffee you might think of those little veggies floating around in a hot cup of coffee, but that’s not what it is. It’s actually a finely ground mixture that is packaged in little sachets that you mix with hot water. It’s basically instant coffee with mood-enhancing (almost tasteless) adaptogens that have an added impact.

The experience

I tried two blends over the week to really put this trend to the test: Four Sigmatic Cordyceps Mushroom Elixir Mix ($ 30 for 20 packs), which I mixed with my usual brew, and Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix ($ 12 for 10 packs), which I tried in hot water. My first reaction when trying the mushroom coffee was that it tasted slightly soupy. (After all, mushrooms are still mushrooms.) It was a bit more earthy and flavorful than you might expect, but it’s very subtle. Think of it as a standard cup of black coffee with a tablespoon of vegetable broth. It is not very visible, but it is different.

The first few days, I drank the Cordyceps Mushroom Elixir in my home coffee regularly. It is the company’s conditioning blend containing a blend of Cordyceps extract, Field mint extract, Rosehip extract and Schisandra extract. Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom that is excellent for athletic performance and contains anti-aging properties. While I still felt at 21 (as I normally do after my morning coffee), I had a little extra pizzazz in my walk and felt a bit more alert than usual throughout the entire walk. daytime. Subtle, but still noticeable.

I also tried a second round in the afternoon, minus the coffee, to see if it stood the test. Although it didn’t have the same impact, I felt a little boost of energy. On a scale of one to 10, I would say it ranks around two, whereas a regular cup of coffee would rank around eight. But that’s understandable given the lack of caffeine and how long it takes your body to adjust to the change.

During the second half of the week, I tried the Mushroom Coffee Mix, which is a blend of instant coffee powder with lion’s mane extract, chaga extract, and rhodiola extract. All three are believed to improve cognitive function. And in my opinion, they did! This blend was my favorite of the two, mainly because it contained real coffee. I felt ready to face the day. I actually had enough energy to go for a run and still had enough energy to brainstorm creatively. It was a very nice boost in mental alertness. The taste was not so bitter either. It had a more fruity finish, which was nicer on the palette. It’s definitely an improved cup of coffee!

What’s the verdict?

Mushroom coffee has a more earthy flavor than anything you’ll find in your local coffee shop, but the adaptogens definitely give it an edge. And in the case of the products I’ve tried, even the price is right, which isn’t always the norm when it comes to sophisticated adaptogenic blends. The coffee blend costs just $ 1.50 a cup and the elixir is just a little more expensive. Since I’m a real coffee maker, I probably won’t go for the elixir on its own, but adding mushrooms to the coffee? I am officially sold.

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