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Coffee with Lion's Mane

Kava su Lion's Mane

How many people in your environment do you know who do not drink coffee? At all. Most of us drink coffee every day, we start our day with a cup of coffee. Very often we hear "I can't communicate/work/exist yet because I haven't had coffee." And really, just the pleasant smell of coffee wakes us up, wakes up our brain and moves the body. We are used to getting up and drinking coffee to start our day. And have you ever wondered how coffee affects our body and what benefits it brings?

One cup of black coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine (the recommended daily dose of American nutritionists is 400 mg, i.e. 3-5 cups of black coffee), and coffee is also rich in riboflavin (vit. B2) and magnesium and plant-derived chemicals: polyphenols, including chlorogen and quinoic acids and diterpenes, including cafestol and kahveol. A small amount of caffeine (50-300 mg per day) is useful for the human body, wakes up, gives energy and helps to concentrate.

However, excessive caffeine consumption can have negative effects, increasing heart rate, causing insomnia or increasing anxiety. Caffeinated coffee is recommended to be avoided if you have gastric reflux, as caffeine relaxes the gastric sphincter, allowing stomach acids to enter the esophagus, so it is better to choose decaffeinated coffee. It is also recommended to choose decaffeinated coffee for people who struggle with insomnia, because caffeine wakes up, activates and can disrupt the natural rhythm of sleep. A very high amount of caffeine (more than 4 cups of black coffee per day) can promote the removal of calcium from the body, so caffeinated coffee is not recommended for people with osteoporosis. And of course for children, caffeine is harmful to them because it puts pressure on them, and the body slows down the heart rate to compensate. Therefore, it is recommended for children, adults, who have stomach, sleep problems or suffer from osteoporosis to give up caffeine, which is not only in coffee, but also in tea, energy drinks and Coca-Cola.

For those who do not have the aforementioned health problems, coffee is useful. In a cross-sectional study, researchers found that coffee drinkers were 17% less likely to die from any cause, 18% less likely to develop cancer, and 19% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease compared to non-coffee drinkers. Studies lasting 20 years have shown that drinking 1 cup of coffee per day reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 8%, and drinking 6 cups of coffee per day by even 33% (decaffeinated coffee users have slightly lower rates). Coffee is rich in antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body, and inflammation is directly linked to the risk of type 2 diabetes. However, those already suffering from diabetes should avoid caffeinated coffee, as caffeine increases blood sugar and insulin levels in the short term.

 

A number of studies have shown that daily consumption of 2 cups of coffee reduces the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, helps control involuntary movements in people who already have the disease. Also, caffeine slows down the symptoms of dementia, has a positive effect on the liver, reducing the release of harmful liver enzymes and even reduces liver scarring in hepatitis C patients. And especially big caffeinated coffee lovers who drink 4 or more cups of coffee a day reduce the risk of melanoma by as much as 20%.

There are many studies that show that coffee consumption reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

It has already been briefly mentioned that coffee contains polyphenols - strong plant antioxidants that reduce inflammatory processes in the body, stop aging processes, reduce oxidative stress and cell damage and improve regeneration. Scientific research on coffee has revealed that coffee can slow down the growth and spread of cancer cells, and by stimulating the release of bile acid, speeds up the movement of digested food through the intestines, thus directly reducing the amount of absorbable carcinogens that the intestines are exposed to. A faster digestion process is important for people with a leaky gut (when not only useful, but also harmful substances enter the bloodstream in large quantities through the intestinal walls). Also, polyphenols and caffeine in coffee have a positive effect on mood and psychological state, which can be associated with a lower risk of depression and suicide.

The caffeine in coffee stimulates the nerve highway of our body - the vagus nerve, which is responsible for transmitting information from the brain to the heart, lungs and digestive tract. Once the coffee is in the stomach, signals are sent to the brain that it is time to wake up. Then the brain sends a signal to the heart so that it works more actively and the blood carries oxygen throughout the body and also to the brain, so it works more efficiently. We feel a rush of energy. A signal is also sent to the digestive tract and it also becomes active. After all, we often rush to the toilet after drinking coffee.

The mentioned studies refer to black coffee without sugar and other additives, since sugar is known to be the main culprit in causing diabetes, as well as inflammatory processes in the body, just like the fat that is abundant in milk. They also increase cholesterol, participate in negative body processes that cause cardiovascular diseases.

How to consume coffee so that it provides maximum benefits to our body?


Consume 2-5 cups of coffee per day, i.e. 50-300 mg of caffeine. Drink black coffee from quality coffee beans, moderately sweetened, e.g. xylitol (which, by the way, is also useful for reducing the chance of dental caries, because the bacteria in the mouth that damage our teeth are not eaten by xylitol) and a splash of vegetable milk. In order to maintain a healthy sleep rhythm, it is recommended to stop drinking coffee 6-8 hours before bedtime - coffee is an excellent morning drink.


Coffee is also used by people who do sports because it is a natural stimulant. After drinking 1-2 cups of espresso in 45-60 min. pre-workout improves physical activity, increases energy and potentially burns more fat. So a cup of coffee before physical activity will help us jump higher, run faster, lift more.

To get even more out of your morning cup of coffee, it's worth choosing high-quality coffee with additives. Lion's Mane mushroom powder combined with coffee will provide double benefits to the body, as Lion's Mane mushroom is considered a superfood, like coffee, it contains polyphenols that are believed to be anti-inflammatory and, like the caffeine in coffee, can activate brain activity, maintain alertness. Also, the bioactive substances present in this mushroom, according to scientific research (sources at the end of the article, last ed.), promote the formation of acetylcholine, which is very important for the harmonious work of the vagus nerve, and at the same time, the harmonious functioning of the body. Scientists who conducted research on the Lion's Mane mushroom revealed that, like coffee, it can have a positive effect on people with dementia, improving the cognitive function of those suffering from environmental awareness, memory and concentration.

Coffee with Lion's Mane mushroom, which you can find in the Gamta Gydo e-store, is a great morning drink. Lion's Mane mushroom powder is ultra-finely ground, the grinding process is carried out in a vacuum, it uses the water extract of the same mushroom, which facilitates the absorption of the mushroom in the body. The coffee used in the blend is premium Arabica from Brazil. The harmonious synergy of coffee and Lion's Mane mushroom will help the body to be fresh, the mind sharp, can reduce inflammatory processes, and activate the digestive tract.

Sources:
https://www.rush.edu/news/health-benefits-coffee
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/coffee/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5696634/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coffee-before-workout
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/coffee-before-workout
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9202101/
https://connorwellnessclinic.com/blog/4-vagus-exercises-to-help-heal-your-gut/