Adaptogenic Drink: How To Make Lion's Mane Mushroom Coffee & Tea

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A cup of coffee and tea

Combining the rich flavor of coffee and tea with the earthy sea-like tone of Lion’s Mane mushrooms, adaptogenic drinks create a tasty and fun way of enjoying mushrooms without wasting hours cooking. The adaptogenic drink is packed with nutrients and health benefits when paired with creamer or sweetener of choice.

If you are new to making adaptogenic drinks, you may want to know how to prepare your coffee or tea with Lion’s Mane mushrooms. By the time you reach the end of this detailed guide, you should be able to fix yourself a satisfying cup of Lion’s Mane coffee or tea.

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Where to Find Lion’s Mane Mushroom 

Lion’s mane mushroom on dead wood

Lion’s Mane mushrooms grow naturally on dead hardwood. Sycamore, maple, beech, walnut, and oak trees are all ideal habitats for Lion’s Mane. In North America and Canada, Lion’s Mane mushrooms are often found growing on dead logs in the fall and late summer.

If you live in a city where you have no easy access to wild Lion’s Mane mushrooms—or you are too busy to go searching for the mushroom in the woods—you can always use Lion’s Mane mushroom powder.

How to Prepare Lion’s Mane Mushroom Coffee at Home

Person pouring coffee on french press

You can drink this coffee to give your mood an instant lift. It will make you feel happy and energetic, so it's great if you need some extra boost in the morning or afternoon!

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 15 Minutes | Serving Size:

Energy: 193 calories

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a kettle, bring your water to a near boil. 
  2. In your French coffee press, add your mushroom powder and ground coffee. 
  3. Pour your boiling water into your French press and stir. 
  4. Place your plunger and then press. 
  5. Allow the Lion’s Mane mushroom coffee to sit for four minutes. 
  6. Pour into a cup
  7. Add your cream and then sweeten it to taste. 

How to Prepare Lion’s Mane Mushroom Tea

Person pouring tea on to teacup

Learn how to make a delicious and nutrient-rich Lion’s Mane Mushroom Tea with this easy recipe. The mild, creamy flavor is perfect for those who want a dose of healthy liquid in their diet!

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 35 minutes | Total Time: 45 Minutes | Serving Size:

Energy: 193 calories

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a pot, bring your 2 cups of water to boil. 
  2. Add your 3 grams of Lion’s Mane mushrooms inside the boiling water. Lower the heat. 
  3. Allow your mushrooms to simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. 
  4. Remove the mushrooms from the water and add to compost or toss them in a trash bin. 
  5. Add one or two black tea bags (depending on preference), a tablespoon of ground cinnamon, a tablespoon of ground cardamom, and a tablespoon of ground ginger. 
  6. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes. 
  7. Add lemon and honey to taste. 
  8. Strain in a cup and enjoy.

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Benefits of Drinking Lion’s Mane Mushroom Coffee and Tea

Lion’s Mane mushroom attached to the tree

1. Protection Against Dementia 

The brain's ability to create new connections reduces with age. This is one of the reasons why memory loss becomes more common as people grow older. Studies have shown Lion’s Mane mushrooms carry two vital compounds that stimulate growth in brain cells: erinacines and hericenones.

According to research, Lion's Mane mushrooms may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a condition characterized by progressive loss of memory. In this exploration, it shows that Lion’s mane mushroom reduces memory loss symptoms in mice. 

Recent studies also proved that Lion’s Mane mushroom could help users avoid neuronal damage associated with the amyloid-beta plaques that accumulate in the brain when one is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

2. Eliminates Depression and Anxiety

New research has determined Lion’s Mane mushroom extracts carry anti-inflammatory benefits that eliminate symptoms of depression and anxiety in mice.

Other research studies have confirmed that Lion’s Mane mushroom extract helps in the improvement of hippocampus functioning. Scientists believe that the advancement of hippocampus functioning is one of the reasons why Lion’s Mane mushroom reduces depression and anxiety.

3. Speeds Up the Recovery of Nervous System Injuries 

Research has determined that extracts from Lion’s Mane Mushroom can reduce the time needed to heal from the nerves, spinal cord, and brain injuries.

A research study published in 2011 determined that extracts from Lion’s Mane mushroom can reduce the recovery time needed by rats with nervous system injuries by 23% to 41%.

4. Protection Against Ulcers 

One of the leading causes of stomach ulcers is the overgrowth of the H. pylori bacteria

Extracts from the Lion’s Mane mushroom inhibit this bacteria’s growth. This action has been shown to protect the stomach lining and reduce the risk of ulcers. 

5. Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease 

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in America. Many risk factors can lead to this serious issue, including high triglycerides, obesity, oxidized cholesterol, blood clots, and diabetes. Lion’s Mane mushroom can eliminate the risk factors, resulting in a reduced heart disease risk.

Studies in mice and rats have determined that extracts from Lion’s Mane mushroom lower the levels of triglycerides and improve the metabolism of fat. 

What’s more, test tube tests have shown that Lion’s Mane extracts can prevent cholesterol oxidation. Oxidized Cholesterol molecules generally attach to arterial walls—this hardens the walls and increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Conclusion

The next time you’re in the mood for a coffee or tea break, why not try an adaptogenic drink instead? By combining the rich flavor of coffee and tea with Lion’s Mane mushrooms, you can enjoy all the benefits of this large and shaggy medicinal mushroom—that resembles the lion’s mane while growing.

Plus, drinking this adaptogenic drink has a lot of health benefits that your body will definitely thank you for. Simple enough, our recipes for preparing Lion’s Mane mushroom tea and coffee can be used by anyone. Requiring minimal ingredients and 45 minutes at most, these recipes should work for the busiest individuals. 

So what are you waiting for? Try out this delicious and healthy new way to enjoy your favorite drinks!

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