Why Bother: Functional Mushrooms in Coffee

Why Bother: Functional Mushrooms in Coffee

All my life, I've had an adversion to eating mushrooms. The only mushrooms I have truly enjoyed were bought on the side of the road in the woodlands outside of Mexico City - they were delicious grilled! Other than these gems, I've tried everything from porcini's to black truffles and still cringed with the taste and consistency.

Yet, there are mushrooms in Cofo.

To backtrack, both the vegan and paleo Cofo blends include what we refer to as functional mushrooms. As the name states, functional mushrooms have a function for our body. 

The functional mushrooms that are included in Cofo are chaga, cordyceps, and reishi. There are many other functional mushrooms, such as lions mane, shitake, and morale. These mushrooms are considered "medicinal" mushrooms. 

Chaga, cordyceps, and reishi all provide antioxidant support, and each mushroom has different functional qualities.* 

Chaga
- supercharges immune cells, such as natural killer cells and T cells
- stimulates stem cells in bone marrow
- balances immune response
- helps the body maintain optimal homeostasis
- protects the skin from sun damage and is beneficial for the eyes and hair

Cordyceps
- supports healthy stamina and physical energy levels
- promotes endocrine function via adrenals
- supports immune system
- increases lung capacity and respiratory health
- improves liver function and detoxification
- shown to have antiviral and antitumor properties

Reishi
- supports healthy stamina and physical energy levels
- supports immune system
- protects the liver
- soothes the nervous system
- supportive to the heart and cardiovascular system
- shown to have calming, centering, and anti-stress properties

There have been scientific studies into the efficacy of these mushrooms medicinal functions, but as of the date of this publication, their functional benefits are not supported/approved by the FDA. Here is a study conducted in 2016 that researched the effect of chaga on suppressing the progression of cancer. 

Obtaining the functional benefits is all well and good, unless you don't like the taste of mushrooms. And, to be honest, plopping a mushroom in coffee doesn't seem appealing. Thankfully, Cofo doesn't taste like a mushroom, so you get the benefits of functional mushrooms without the taste. 

Disclaimer
This information in our Cofo Culture blog is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. 

 

 

 

 

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