Sip Your Way To Better Health With Lion’s Mane Mushroom Coffee

Written by Angie Arriesgado
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Start your morning with a roar! Lion’s mane mushroom coffee is here to help you sip your way to sharper focus and better health. Get ready to turn your daily grind into a brain-boosting ritual with coffee that not only tastes great but also supports your overall wellness!

But first, what does lion’s mane coffee taste like?  

Well, it largely depends on the type of coffee you like. The powder from our Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract capsules has a very mild, earthy taste. Adding one capsule’s worth of powder (500mg of pure mushroom extract) shouldn’t affect your coffee’s flavor and will blend well with more robust coffee flavors. 

Taking the full dose (2 capsules or 1000mg of pure mushroom extract), however, might significantly alter your coffee’s taste. We would recommend either taking the second capsule with water or adding it to a second cuppa later on in the day (if you drink more than one coffee). 

How to make the best lion’s mane mushroom coffee?

Lion’s mane coffee is a unique drink that combines the rich, bold flavor of coffee with the health benefits of lion’s mane mushrooms. Follow these four easy steps to make your mushroom coffee using our Intelligent Labs Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract capsules:  

Step 1: Prepare your coffee

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Brew your regular coffee as you like it, whether it’s a drip brew, espresso, French press, or another method. You can also use instant coffee if that’s your preference.

Step 2: Open the capsule and add contents to coffee

Carefully pull apart the Lion’s Mane Mushroom capsule and pour the powder directly into your freshly brewed coffee.  

Step 3: Mix thoroughly

Some powder may clump, so stir the mixture thoroughly to ensure all clumps dissolve completely, ensuring a smooth cup.

Step 4: Customize your coffee

Add any additional ingredients like milk, sugar, cinnamon, or cocoa powder to suit your taste.

Want it cold? Allow your coffee to cool to room temperature after mixing, or chill it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Once cool, pour the coffee over a glass full of ice.  Enjoy your enhanced, health-boosting cup of joe!

What’s special about lion’s mane coffee?

Not sure why you should bother drinking this type of healthy coffee? Well, here are some potential benefits when you mix our Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract capsules into your favorite cup of coffee:

1) Get a boost in cognitive function

Studies show that lion’s mane is the only mushroom that can stimulate NGF or nerve growth function, which is vital for the growth and repair of neurons.1 This special quality is said to be responsible for lion’s mane cognitive benefits, such as improved memory and focus. 

2) Feel happier and be more positive

A cup of coffee first thing in the morning can help perk you up and boost your mood due to its caffeine content. When combined with lion’s mane, the potential mood-enhancing properties of both complement each other.

Lion’s mane may help regulate mood-related brain chemicals and combat the inflammation often associated with depression. 2 Quite notably, menopausal women who took 2g of lion’s mane daily for 4 weeks showed significant improvements in their anxiety and depression, which is quite promising. 3

3) May help maintain healthy weight

While lion’s mane isn’t particularly known as a weight loss supplement, it has been recognized for its potential anti-obesity and cholesterol-lowering benefits.4

Studies also indicate that lion’s mane may enhance gut health thanks to its anti-inflammatory qualities. Moreover, it may also support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria (aka probiotics). A healthier gut can improve metabolism and potentially support weight loss. 5 6

The caveat though is that for lion’s mane’s weight benefits to work, you also need to consider the kind of coffee you’ll be adding it to! So, if you like lots of sugar in your java, then you most likely will not see this benefit.

With that said, these aren’t the only benefits of lion’s mane. If you’d like to learn more about how this natural nootropic can help your health, check out our Ultimate Guide To Lion’s Mane Supplements

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Wouldn’t the hot water ‘deactivate’ the beneficial compounds in lion’s mane?

No, it won’t. We use the hot water extraction technique to make our supplement (zero chemicals used). This ensures that all the beneficial compounds are preserved in the resulting extract. Mixing it into hot coffee isn’t going to destroy the compounds. 

Can lion’s mane coffee give you jitters?

Lion’s mane coffee, by itself, is unlikely to cause jitters because lion’s mane mushroom does not contain any stimulants. However, if lion’s mane is added to regular coffee, the caffeine in the coffee can potentially cause jitters, especially for those who are sensitive to caffeine.

The good news is that lion’s mane anti-anxiety effects might help counteract some of the jittery effects caused by caffeine. For those concerned about jitters, combining lion’s mane with decaffeinated coffee could be an excellent way to enjoy the benefits of both without the unwanted side effects of caffeine.

When’s the best time to drink lion’s mane coffee?

As a nootropic, it’s best to take lion’s mane coffee in the morning. This will allow you to focus on your daily tasks and tick things on your to-do list. Taking it at night may affect your sleep, especially if you prefer regular coffee over decaf.  

Can I drink lion’s mane coffee every day?

Yes, lion’s mane coffee can be consumed daily. However, it’s good to monitor your body’s response over time, especially if you are sensitive to changes in your diet or caffeine intake.

Are there any side effects?

Lion’s mane is generally considered safe for most people, but as with any mushroom supplement, some may experience gastrointestinal discomfort or allergic reactions. It’s always best to start with a small amount to see how your body reacts.

What happens if I stop drinking lion’s mane coffee?

Stopping lion’s mane coffee could lead to reduced cognitive and energy boosts.7 If you drink it with regular (caffeinated coffee), you might experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms like headaches and fatigue. Consider tapering off gradually to minimize potential withdrawal effects. 

Conclusion

If you want to level up your morning cuppa, add our Lion’s Mane mushroom to your drink! You not only get a tasty start to your day, but you also enjoy a host of additional health benefits that you can’t get from just drinking plain ol’ coffee alone.


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