Benefits of Ganoderma Coffee

Can It Really Boost Your Health?

Reishi mushrooms
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Ganoderma coffee is a powdered drink mix that typically contains instant coffee and the powdered extract of Ganoderma lucidum (a medicinal mushroom often referred to as "reishi" or "Lingzhi"). Other ingredients such as sugar, non-dairy creamer, and other herbs may be included. It's a product that some 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 level.

Despite the marketing claims for the benefits of Ganoderma coffee, however, there is no scientific support for the product's health effects.

Uses of Ganoderma Coffee

Proponents claim that Ganoderma coffee can boost immunity, help with weight loss, fight fatigue, improve memory, increase energy stamina, lower cholesterolreduce inflammation, relieve stress, reverse the aging process, and stimulate circulation.

Ganoderma coffee is also touted as a top source of antioxidants.

Research on the Benefits of Ganoderma Coffee

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

For instance, a 2003 study of 34 advanced-stage cancer patients found that Ganoderma may help strengthen the immune system in people with cancer. Published in Immunological Investigations, the study found that 12 weeks of treatment with Ganoderma supplements enhanced the immune response in most participants.

What's more, findings from animal-based research and test-tube studies suggest that Ganoderma may help knock out breast cancer cells, reduce airway inflammation associated with allergies, and lower cholesterol levels.

In addition, research shows that drinking coffee, in general, may have some beneficial effects.

For example, a 2006 report from Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition notes that coffee consumption may help prevent several chronic diseases (including diabetes and Parkinson's disease). However, the research review also found that coffee consumption is linked to increases in high blood pressure (a major risk factor for heart disease).

Caveats

Little is known about the safety of Ganoderma coffee. However, Ganoderma may cause a number of side-effects, including nausea, dry throat, and dry nose, and may also interact with some medications, such as anticoagulants and chemotherapeutic agents.

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 several case reports of people who have developed hepatitis after use of Ganoderma lucidum products. One was an extract of Agaricus blazei and Ganoderma lucidum. The other was Ganoderma lucidum (lingzhi) powder, which was associated with a case of fatal fulminant hepatitis.

 

Also, keep in mind 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. 

Using Ganoderma Coffee for Health

If you're considering using Ganoderma for the treatment of a chronic condition, make sure to consult your doctor. Avoiding standard care and self-treating a health condition with Ganoderma coffee may have serious consequences.

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Liu YH, Tsai CF, Kao MC, Lai YL, Tsai JJ. "Effectiveness of Dp2 nasal therapy for Dp2- induced airway inflammation in mice: using oral Ganoderma lucidum as an immunomodulator." Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection 2003 36(4):236-42.

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Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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