Adding Lion’s Mane and Chaga can enhance the benefits of your daily brew without changing the taste.
If you’re reading this chances are you drink coffee, maybe even two or three a day. We’re coffee drinkers too and we don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, in fact we love it. We also love healthy living and eating, so we looked at our coffee habit and thought, let’s make that first (and second) cup of the day even better. How you ask? Two answers, Chaga and Lion’s Mane. Adding dried mushrooms to your morning cup of coffee might sound a little bizarre, but the practice of drinking mushroom extracts is not only normal, it’s ancient. The first known practices of infusing mushroom tea date back to the beginning of recorded history, and have popped up in every culture where mushrooms grow.
We cover the history and yummy details of these two fungi’s here. Today we thought we’d dive a little deeper into the why, so here’s 3 benefits these mushrooms are bringing to that morning cup of joe.
1. Avoid the Coffee Crash
Ah yes, the dreaded coffee crash. You love that initial buzz and the productivity that follows, but all too soon you need a second cup, then a third. Suddenly it’s the evening and you’re fried on the couch, but too restless to sleep. Luckily Lion’s Mane has some powerful properties that can counteract that spike and crash. Lion’s Mane is an adaptogen, which means it helps to maintain the body's homeostatic functions in the face of environmental stressors (science's way of saying it helps to keep your body calm and happy while in stressful or demanding situations). One of the big stressors is the fight, flight or freeze hormone cortisol, which is released after you’ve downed that first, then second cup. When cortisol levels climb, stress and irritability follow. Lion’s Mane helps to stabilise your mood and has been shown to offset the physical effects of cortisol and that dreaded afternoon crash.
2. More Antioxidants
You know the name, but maybe you don’t know exactly what they do and why they’re so important. In a nutshell, antioxidants help to slow down and sometimes counteract the ageing process in our bodies. They do this by neutralising oxidising agents (that’s where the anti comes in) that damage our cells and DNA. The good news is you’re already getting a smattering of these from your regular cup of coffee. In fact, coffee contains an array of antioxidants, and in our western diet especially, it’s one of the easiest ways to get your daily intake. Now the even better news is, you can level up your antioxidant intake with the addition of Lion’s Mane and Chaga. In fact Chaga has one of the highest ORAC scores (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) in the world, which is the scale used to rate foods by their antioxidant content. So we’ll be keeping the coffee, but why not boost the nutrients without even trying.
3. Less Acidic
You may love your coffee, but perhaps you don’t love that feeling in your stomach after your second cup. That growling and rumbling you get when something isn’t sitting quite right. This may be due to the fact that coffee is highly acidic, and high consumption of acidic food and drink has been shown to stress the lining of your stomach and cause inflammation. But don’t stress, instead of offsetting that acid with cows milk (or other milk varieties) our mushrooms are here to help. Both Lion’s Mane and Chaga are highly alkaline (the opposite of an acid). You may have heard of the polarising ‘Alkaline Diet’ made famous by celebrities like Tony Robbins, while some of the claims seem a little too good to be true the general takeaway is sound: Too much acid in your diet has negative consequences. By adding Lion’s Mane and Chaga, your morning cup is now more alkaline than ever, and your digestion will be thanking you.
You love your morning coffee and so do we. And you’re going to love it even more with our mushroom adaptogens hard at work adding antioxidants, alkalinity and adaptive properties to your first (and second!) cup. Make that morning brew of yours work a little harder, so you can work a little smarter, and rest a little easier afterwards.