The Benefits of Ganoderma Coffee

Can It Really Boost Your Health?

Ganoderma coffee is a powdered drink mix that typically contains instant coffee and the powdered extract of Ganoderma lucidum, a medicinal mushroom also known as "reishi" or "Lingzhi." Other ingredients, such as sugar, non-dairy creamer, and herbs, may also be included.

Beyond the pick-me-up that the coffee provides, it's a beverage that proponents say offers a range of health benefits and is sometimes used by people who would like to reduce their coffee intake but still boost their energy levels.

While there is some scientific support for the health benefits of the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom, the benefits of Ganoderma coffee have not been studied.

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Why Do People Use Ganoderma Coffee?

Proponents claim that ganoderma can boost immunity, fight fatigue, improve memory, increase energy stamina, lower cholesterolreduce inflammation, relieve stress, reverse the aging process, and stimulate circulation. Ganoderma is also touted as a top source of antioxidants.

The Benefits of Ganoderma Coffee: Can It Help?

To date, no scientific studies have tested the health effects of ganoderma coffee. However, preliminary research indicates that ganoderma taken on its own may offer certain health benefits.

For instance, a 2016 review of five previously published studies concluded that Ganoderma lucidum could be used alongside conventional treatment due to its potential to enhance tumor response and stimulate host immunity. However, the authors concluded that there was no evidence to support the use of Ganoderma lucidum as a primary cancer treatment.

In addition, research shows that drinking coffee, in general, may have some beneficial effects. For example, moderate coffee consumption may help reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases (including diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and heart disease).

While Ganoderma lucidum is sometimes said to help with high blood pressure and heart disease, a 2015 Cochrane review did not find evidence supporting the use of Ganoderma lucidum for the treatment of cardiovascular risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes.

Ganoderma lucidum may also help with energy and fatigue. A 2018 study found that Ganoderma lucidum combined with an antioxidant-rich chicken extract increased muscle performance and exercise recovery in mice. Another small study published in 2018 found Ganoderma lucidum reduced fatigue in human volunteers with chronic fatigue syndrome. Further research is needed to support these preliminary findings.

Possible Side Effects

Little is known about the safety of ganoderma coffee. However, ganoderma may cause a number of side effects, including dizziness, stomach upset, and skin irritation. You should talk to your doctor before trying ganoderma coffee, particularly if you take blood pressure, anticoagulant, antiplatelet, or cancer medications.

Additionally, consuming too much caffeine can speed up your heart rate, disrupt your sleep, upset your stomach, and aggravate certain mental health problems (such as anxiety).

There have been a few case reports of people who have developed hepatitis after the use of Ganoderma lucidum products.

Also, keep in mind that herbal and dietary supplements are not regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration the way prescription drugs are. In some cases, products sold to consumers have been found to contain ingredients not listed on the label, resulting in harmful effects.

If you choose to use a ganoderma supplement, look for a product that contains a seal of approval from a third-party organization that provides quality testing. These organizations include U.S. Pharmacopeia, ConsumerLab.com, and NSF International. A seal of approval from one of these organizations does not guarantee the product's safety or effectiveness, but it does provide assurance that the product was properly manufactured, contains the ingredients listed on the label, and does not contain harmful levels of contaminants.

A Word From Verywell

Although you may enjoy the slightly bitter taste of ganoderma coffee, don't fill up just yet. There's a lot of research still to be done on Ganoderma lucidum and its health effects in large-scale clinical trials (the kind of evidence we want to see to put full stock in a treatment). If you're still considering making ganoderma coffee a regular part of your diet, be sure to talk to your doctor first to discuss whether it's right for you.

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