The Benefits of Ganoderma Coffee
Can It Really Boost Your Health?
Ganoderma coffee is a powdered drink mix that typically contains instant coffee and the powdered extract of Ganoderma lucidum (a medicinal mushroom also known as “reishi” or “Lingzhi”). Other ingredients such as sugar, non-dairy creamer, and herbs may be included.
Beyond the pick-me-up that the coffee provides, it’s a beverage 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.
Why Do People Use Ganoderma Coffee?
Proponents claim that ganoderma coffee can boost immunity, fight fatigue, improve memory, increase energy stamina, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, relieve stress, reverse the aging process, and stimulate circulation.
Ganoderma is also touted as a top source of antioxidants.
The Benefits of Ganoderma Coffee: Can It Help?
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 2016 review of five previously published studies concluded that Ganoderma lucidum could be used alongside conventional treatment due to its potential to enhance tumor response and stimulate host immunity. However, the authors concluded that there was no evidence to support the use of Ganoderma lucidum as a primary cancer treatment.
In addition, research shows that drinking coffee, in general, may have some beneficial effects. For example, moderate coffee consumption may help reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases (including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and heart disease).
While ganoderma is sometimes said to help with high blood pressure and heart disease, a 2015 report published in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews did not find evidence supporting the use of Ganoderma lucidum for the treatment of cardiovascular risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes.
Possible Side Effects
Little is known about the safety of ganoderma coffee. However, ganoderma may cause a number of side-effects, including dizziness, stomach upset, and skin irritation.5 You should talk to your doctor before trying ganoderma coffee particularly if you take blood pressure, anticoagulant, antiplatelet, or cancer medications.
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 a few case reports of people who have developed hepatitis after the use of ganoderma lucidum products.
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.
A Word From Verywell
Although you may enjoy the slightly bitter taste of ganoderma coffee, don’t fill up just yet. There’s a lot of research that still has to be done on ganoderma and its health effects in large-scale clinical trials (the kind of evidence we want to see to put full stock in a treatment). If you’re still considering making ganoderma coffee a regular part of your diet, be sure to talk to your doctor first to discuss whether it’s right for you.