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Everyone's trying mushroom coffee—but does that mean you should too? We give you a lowdown of the unique drink. Find out about its benefits, and where you can try a cup today:

A new and unique drink to try is the mushroom coffee everyone appears to be raving about. You might be scowling, imagining the taste of brewed mushrooms, but you'd be surprised to know that mushroom coffee tastes similar to a regular cup of joe. "It is, after all, coffee with mushroom extracts blended in," registered dietitian Ryanne Lachman shared with the Cleveland Clinic.

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What is mushroom coffee made of?

Well, mushrooms and coffee! Although powdered mushrooms are blended with regular ground or instant coffee, the taste of coffee does tend to overpower the flavour of the mushroom. Typically the mushrooms used are reishi, chaga, lion's mane and cordyceps which are types of medicinal mushrooms that are often used in Chinese herbal medicine. Interestingly enough, mushroom coffee, apparently, isn't new in the market!

These medicinal mushrooms—not to be mistaken with hallucinogenic mushrooms—help reduce the effects of stress on the body as they are adaptogenic. The adaptogens help "increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, and chemical stress".

Health benefits of mushrooms

Firstly, mushrooms are infused with vitamin D, which is considered essential when it comes to protecting ourselves from Covid-19, because it helps with bone health and our overall immunity. Mushroom coffee is also a good source of potassium which can help keep your blood pressure at bay and choline which is beneficial for the brain. Mushrooms also contain fibre which helps with blood sugar, blood cholesterol and weight management.

Many have claimed that drinking mushroom coffee has allowed them to sleep better, can relax sore muscles, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system too. 

Where to get mushroom coffee

If you want to try out mushroom coffee to see the results for yourself, it would appear that various Korean vendors ship to Malaysia via Shopee. You could also try So Mush Organic's mushroom coffee, which is certified organic and made in France; be prepared to pay a hefty shipping fee to Malaysia—but as some say, you can't put a price on health.