Regular coffee, or super-coffee?
Turn your favorite morning beverage into a well-rounded elixir
There are few things that can compare to the desirability of a great coffee, especially to start the day. Whether latte, black, a cappuccino or even a Cuban coladita – coffee packs enough punch to raise the dead! However, too many of the coffees we love are made with dangerous combinations of caffeine, saturated fats, and way too much sugar. Does it wake us up? Yes, but with side effects such as sugar spikes, carbohydrate overload, and accumulation of fat in the waist.
Now the trendy thing to do is opt for healthier versions, like the recently popular super-coffee. It’s made with superfoods like mushrooms, turning a cup of joe into a healthy, sustained energy boost that lasts hours. Superfoods, especially mushrooms, provide antioxidant and digestive support, among other benefits.
The secret of mushrooms
A cup of coffee contains caffeine, a known stimulant. Too much caffeine can make you jittery as it affects the nervous system. It can even lead to impaired cardiovascular function and disturbed sleep, among other harmful side effects. (1)
Which is the major difference between regular coffee, and super-coffee containing superfoods, mushrooms, and other supplements. Together, they increase coffee’s benefits of concentration and energy, but also add unique nutrients that provide the same energy and vigor without the overconsumption of too much caffeine. A cup of super-coffee usually contains less caffeine, so long as the superfoods added have been proven as beneficial for your health.
- Mushrooms have a long history of medicinal use. Some studies indicate that more than two-thirds of deaths from some diseases can be avoided by including more mushrooms in the diet, thanks to their antioxidant capacity (2). Many mushrooms also support the immune response, and their consumption is becoming increasingly popular. One study found that some species have a high content of glutathione and ergothioneine, unique antioxidants. (3)
- By adding them to coffee, they promote the regeneration of cells, especially in the brain. This is currently being investigated due to the potential benefit in preventing and mitigating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia, as well as to improve the mood. (4)
The main mushrooms and their therapeutic benefits are:
Chaga can be found in many products because it has been proven to contain antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, among others. It has been shown to provide cellular protection against endogenous DNA damage due to free radicals, a trigger for many diseases. (5)
They call it Himalayan gold and it is considered a valuable resource in this region. There are over 500 species that positively contribute to health, helping improve breathing, combating depression, promoting vitality, and supporting a healthy immunity. (2)
Coveted for its many health benefits: antioxidant, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antihyperglycemic, and hypolipidemic. It has become much more desirable for treating cognitive impairment and combating related diseases like depression. (6)
It grows on dead tree trunks but is full of life. This simple fungus is used in traditional Chinese medicine, Japan for lung disease treatment, and strengthening the immune system of cancer patients. Laboratory and animal studies show it can effectively support immunity by strengthening certain types of cells involved in the process, such as T-cells. (7)
Reishi or Lingzhi
In China, this mushroom is considered an herb of spiritual potency, superior to others and favoring all that is good, promoting success, well-being, divine power, and longevity. It has a high pharmaceutical value and has been traditionally used to treat and prevent various diseases. Today’s science has begun to prove the medicinal effects thanks to the discovery that contains more than 400 bioactive compounds. (8)
Most of these mushrooms come in powdered form to facilitate using them in soups, smoothies, and other beverages (like coffee). In addition to mushrooms, you can add green tea, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, maca, cardamom, and an extra dose of prebiotic fiber for energy, nutrients, and good digestion. A nutrition bomb that provides healthy energy and dozens of other benefits to your body, including supporting weight loss. Try our Super Slim Café for an easy way to drink up all these benefits in just one serving.
Most mushrooms and supplements have a peculiar flavor and create a creamier coffee. Let us turn your daily ritual into a moment of pure bliss.
Let's be healthier together.
Your Santo Remedio Team
1.Jennifer L. Temple,*Christophe Bernard, Steven E. Lipshultz, Jason D. Czachor, Joslyn A. Westphal, Miriam A. Mestre. The Safety of Ingested Caffeine: A Comprehensive Review. Front Psychiatry. 2017; 8: 80.
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4.Chia-Wei Phan, Pamela David, Vikineswary Sabaratnam. Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms: Emerging Brain Food for the Mitigation of Neurodegenerative Diseases. Review d Food. 2017 Jan;20(1):1-10. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2016.3740. PMID: 28098514 DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2016.3740
5.Yoo Kyoung Park 1 , Hyang Burm Lee, Eun-Jae Jeon, Hack Sung Jung, Myung-Hee Kang. Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes as assessed by comet assay. Biofactors. 2004;21(1-4):109-12. doi: 10.1002/biof.552210120. PMID: 15630179 DOI: 10.1002/biof.552210120
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