The Benefits & Side Effects of Mushroom Coffee (Lion’s Mane, Tim Ferris & Whole Foods)

A large number of people are turning to coffee enriched with mushrooms for their potential antioxidant benefits.Some even say that they think mushrooms increase the flavor of their coffee! Tim Ferris. on his popular Tim Ferris podcast, recently featured mushroom coffee has his “go to” drink when he needs greater cognitive function.

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Jimmy Smith,MS,CSCS is the president of The Physique Formula, an all natural supplement company. Use code “medium20” at checkout to save 20% on all supplements including bcaas with stevia at

What are the benefits of mushroom coffee?

Coffee itself is Americans number one source of antioxidant. Mushrooms are actually used in about 40% of all current pharmaceutical drugs. While the estimates may vary, mushrooms and humans even share a percentage of our DNA. Medicinal mushrooms have been studied for producing benefits in total cholesterol, blood glucose, hormones and anti-anxiety. Mushroom extract powder is actually more concentrated than mushrooms themselves. Don’t like jitters from coffee? Mushroom coffee is actually 50% coffee and 50% mushrooms so you’ll get half the caffeine.

Why do we need mushroom coffee?

Life is stressful we know that and stress increases oxidative damage which increases the “bad” impact of LDL cholesterol and leads to harmful blood glucose levels as well as neurodegenerative problems. Mushrooms are high in polysaccharides which exert a powerful benefit over immune system health, digestive processes, cholesterol modifications and mental performance.

What Type of Mushrooms Are Used In Coffee?

While mushrooms are a wide ranging family, a few select mushrooms are used in coffee.


The athletes mushroom due to its potential performance boosting benefits. Cordyceps acts as a adaptogen, a nutrient that can normalize stress response and it can help maintain energy levels. In addition, there are animal studies showing that Cordyceps may increase steroid hormone synthesis which is one of the reasons why athletes choose to use it. Cordyceps has also been shown to help athletes train harder before they hit fatigue and reach their lactate threshold later before they hit a wall.

Corrdyceps also boosts lung capacity and increases VO2 max by as much as 50%


Reishi is known as the allergy fighting, relaxation mushroom. Reishi helps to restore hormonal balance and maintain a level of homeostasis, a normal environment. The beta-glucans in Reishi have been shown to stabilize blood glucose levels, fight infections and prevent fatigue.


Known as the king of all mushrooms, Chaga mushroom has research supporting its use in preventing and treating cancer, stimulating the immune system by boosting the production of T-Cells and fighting inflammation. Athletes also choose to use Chaga because it improves physical endurance by maintaining glycogen levels in both the muscles and liver while also decreasing blood lactate levels (the feeling of tired muscles while you workout).

Lion’s Mane

Really cool benefits of Lion’s Mane, which acts as a nootropic in that it enhances cognitive function. Neurite outgrowth is the growth of axons and dendrites from neurons (new brain cells) which means that it decreases one of the main symptoms of Alzheimers and Parkinson’s.

Don’t have an extreme brain disease? Lion’s Mane has been shown to improve mild cognitive decline after 16 weeks of lion’s mane supplementation.

Studies using Lion’s Mane for heart health has found that it can fight the increase in LDL,”bad” cholesterol” and lower triglycerides levels in the bloodstream. One study done in Japan has shown that lion’s mane my prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of stroke.

This is all on top of the underlying benefits of mushrooms from fighting inflammation to lowering blood glucose to improving immune function.

Turkey Tail

One of the more exciting mushrooms, turkey tail is known for its immense benefits on the immune system.

The U.S Food and Drug Administration has done numerous studies using turkey tail with advanced prostate cancer and breast cancer as an adjacent to chemotherapy. Chemotherapy suppresses the immune system and Turkey tail can enhance the immune system. Turkey Tail may also fight human papilloma virus (HPV). In a recent study subjects with HPV who were given turkey tail showed positive results after just two months of using Turkey Tail.

Digestive Health? All medicinal mushrooms contain prebiotics which acts as “food” for good gut bacteria. We all suffer from stress and stress wrecks our gut, mushrooms may help that.

Now can you see why mushroom coffee is becoming a big deal after being on Whole Foods “breakout foods” list and the Tim Ferris show?

About The Author
Jimmy Smith,MS,CSCS is the president of The Physique Formula, an all natural supplement company. Use code “medium20” at checkout to save 20% on all supplements including bcaas with stevia at