You've probably started seeing ads all over for using mushrooms in your coffee.
But what does that really mean? Are they just new coffee beans loaded with caffeine?
Today, our team at Troomy's taken a deep dive into what sets apart functional mushrooms from the average mushroom in a mushroom coffee beverage, as well as some alternatives to get those same nutrients.
What are Functional Mushrooms?
Functional, or "adaptogenic" mushrooms are nutrient-rich, vitamin-filled mushrooms that can be the perfect support for stronger, healthier eating habits.
Some of the most impactful, accessible mushrooms today are:
- Red Reishi
- Lion's Mane (pictured above)
Why are They In Coffee?
The majority of these blends are supposed to be able to boost you into your day without all that extra caffeine, creating a safer, reliable drink to add to your daily routine.
These blends largely replace the entirety of coffee and just need a sweetener or two for the perfect blend. However, they can also be drank "black" just like coffee.
Are They Safe?
Yes! Functional mushrooms are entirely safe. They're nothing like the magic mushrooms you might have seen in movies. With zero hallucinogenic properties, functional mushrooms are solely used to help you feel your best.
How Do They Support Me?
Depending on the functional mushrooms you have, you can target getting different support through the day. For example, most coffee blends use mushrooms like Lion's Mane and Cordyceps.
However, there's a ton of different functional mushrooms you should be familiar with before you start using them, as well as what their intended use/serving sizes are.
Types of Functional Mushrooms in Coffee
Lion's Mane was mostly used in East Asia for the last several thousand years. Now, it has made its way westward to be a healthy functional supplement in coffee and cooking recipes.
Primarily, you're going to see the biggest support for:
- Gut health
- Heart health
- Immune system support
- Brain health
With these targeted areas, Lion's Mane has become a high-performance supplement for athletes, students, and even just every day function.
These are the biggest energy supporters you can find in functional mushrooms, and are the most popular mushroom for coffee blends. They're orange little fungi that are completely safe and are rich in vitamins and naturally supporting nutrients.
As far as what they're used for, Cordyceps are mainly sourced to create blends for athletes and more active people. In sports, in the workplace, or in school, all types of performers find themselves either struggling to keep their productivity up at the end of the day, or can't stay consistent in the morning before ramping up at the end.
That's where cordyceps comes in. These mushrooms are great for being more productive throughout the day by balancing those two approaches and making your work more consistent. Additionally, they can support your immune system, brain health, and more.
Reishi looks the closest to ground up coffee beans for your coffee blends. However, it might not target the right support for you to be successful through your daily routine.
Reishi's primarily used to support consistent sleep habits, relaxing for the night, and overall just finding your center more easily. These might not be the best for starting your day, but are perfect to close it out.
This one's fantastic for a cup in the evening. If you're just looking to relax and find a more balanced approach to your day without shutting down completely, chaga's the way to go.
If you want to learn a bit more about how these functional mushrooms can impact your day, take a look at a more in-depth overview from our team at Troomy here.
Is Coffee the Best Route for Functional Mushrooms in My Diet?
It's not a bad place to get started. You can get a good amount of nutrients with an uplifting way to get you feeling your best for the day.
If you're trying to get functional mushrooms into your diet in non-powder form, this is the route to go for all your cooking needs. Raw mushrooms are a great addition to your regular recipe routine, but also can even jump into desserts.
However, this does add a ton of prep time on your end. You'll need to set aside extra time to make sure your mushrooms are ready, as well as finding the right mushrooms to target support you're looking for in health and wellness. That's where mushroom gummies can really set themselves apart from both coffee mushroom blends and raw mushrooms.
Mushroom gummies are your simplest route to functional mushroom support. Simply pop a mushroom and go. Cut out all that prep time and easily get those nutrients quickly.
Why are Mushroom Gummies the Better Option?
Getting support for your health and wellness is vital to your daily function. The frustrating part usually is the prep time and making sure you stay consistent. With mushroom gummies, you cut that prep time to zero and use a fruity, flavorful gummy to start and end your day.
Compact, Great Shelf Life
Having mushrooms on hand is awesome, they just take up a lot of shelf space and need to stay fresh. Otherwise, you put yourself at risk of getting sick.
Overall, this ends up getting expensive on your end. With mushroom gummies, you can get a tight 60-count of mushrooms at extemely wallet-friendly deals without breaking the bank or crunching up a ton of shelf space. Additionally, these gummies are built to last months at a time as well.
Low in Calories, High in Flavor
Mushrooms are inherently super lower calorie which makes them perfect candidates for being gummy supplements. With extremely low sugars and zero added, you're not going to have to account for your calorie intake by switching to gummies in the slightest.
Versatility and Blend Variety
On top of having great flavor, there's a bunch of different blends to try. Say you want to target getting better sleep, or improving your exercise performance. There's a blend for each of those to support better performance for yourself.
Luckily, it's easier than ever to get started.
Getting Started With Troomy Nootropics
Overall, mushroom coffee is one way to go, but gummies can be a complete game-changer for your daily routine. With zero caffeine added and organic ingredients, completely avoid the crash midday while still staying on your A-game.
At Troomy, our mushroom gummies are the perfect addition to get functional mushrooms into your daily routine. Simply grab a gummy and go! With five fruit flavors to get support from, we know you'll find your "True Me" with us today.
Check out our starting-five blends here and get started!