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The Benefits of Our Lion’s Mane Mushroom Tea

It may sound like a trendy new innovation, but mushroom tea has been around for centuries, if not millennia, particularly in China and Siberia. But, in the UK, there is no option that combines the unique benefits of mushrooms with black or green tea. Well, until now. Read on to discover why it’s so respected – and why it’s gaining in popularity today.

Introducing Our Blend of Mushroom Tea

Mushroom tea is commonly made by brewing dried mushrooms or mushroom powder with hot water; although, at Cheerful Buddha, we’ve created delicious and innovative versions that blend the unique properties of mushrooms with black and green tea (more on that later).

Certain varieties of mushrooms have traditionally been the most popular ones to use in mushroom tea – especially Reishi, Chaga and Lion’s Mane, which have long been important in herbal medicine traditions. As the first provider in the UK, we’re excited to showcase our new range of Lion’s Mane mushroom tea products

What Does Mushroom Tea Taste Like?

Lion's Mane Mushroom Tea being Enjoyed

The taste of the tea varies depending on the mushroom: Chaga mushroom tea is earthy with a touch of bitterness; Reishi mushroom tea has a similar profile, with a marked bitterness; and our blend of Lion’s Mane tea is milder and slightly sweeter.

We chose to create a blend that worked off the most accessible and loved brews, English Breakfast and Green Sencha tea. As a result, we’ve ended up with a blend of mushroom tea that offers an incredibly simple swap. Why not enhance your morning brew with Lion’s Mane? It’s a great way to support your health and nourish your senses, and if you’d rather have a decaffeinated option, you’ll receive a jitter-free warming boost! If Lion’s Mane tea sounds like something you’d like to try, explore our range of Lion’s Mane tea blends today.

The History of Mushroom Tea

There are stories of mushroom tea having been used in traditional medicine in Siberia thousands of years ago – and mushroom tea has certainly been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Some medicinal teas blend mushrooms with other health-supporting herbs and adaptogens, but many uses just dried or powdered mushrooms.

Traditional Uses

Mushroom tea has been traditionally consumed to address a variety of health concerns, depending on the mushroom. Generally, traditional medicine practitioners prize the cleansing and healing properties of mushroom tea, and they have long been respected for their anti-inflammatory properties.

The Benefits of Mushroom Tea

Freshly Brewed Cup of Mushroom Tea

The benefits of mushroom tea are wide-ranging. Chaga mushroom tea is used to support intestinal health, the immune system, blood sugar regulation and lower cholesterol; Reishi mushroom tea is also used to further aid heart health and to support blood sugar reduction, it can also be used as a support for those suffering depression and fatigue; and Lion’s Mane mushroom tea benefits include boosting your mood as well as supporting the protection of the digestive tract, the risk of heart disease and blood sugar management – but it’s worth noting that more human studies are generally needed to confirm most mushroom health benefits.

Our unique range of mushroom tea is showcasing the Lion’s Mane mushroom and all the ways it can help support your health and well-being. 

Cognitive Boost and Mental Clarity

Lion's Mane mushroom tea is thought to possess properties that can enhance cognitive abilities, which include mental processes like learning, memory, focus, and problem-solving. This potential cognitive enhancement is attributed to specific compounds found within the mushroom. Therefore, it has become known as the mushroom that supports mental clarity and focus, making it a top choice in tea if you want the benefits of caffeine without the downsides.

These mushrooms contain bioactive compounds, such as erinacines and hericenones. These compounds are believed to contribute to the tea's cognitive-enhancing effects. Research has indicated that these compounds might have a positive impact on the brain by promoting the growth and development of nerve cells, specifically the production of nerve growth factor (NGF). NGF is a protein that plays a crucial role in the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells, also known as neurons.

A healthy amount of NGF helps maintain the health of existing neurons and aids in the creation of new ones. Neurons are essential for transmitting signals in the brain and nervous system, and their proper functioning is closely linked to cognitive processes, including memory formation, learning, and overall brain function. By promoting NGF production, Lion's Mane mushroom tea potentially supports the preservation and growth of neurons, contributing to improved cognitive abilities. Some early studies have suggested it may be a way to help fight dementia – but research in humans is needed.

Other Potential Benefits

A Cup of Cheerful Buddha's Lion Mane Mushroom Tea

Let's dive deeper into some of the key uses of Lion’s Mane mushroom tea:

Enhanced Immune Support

Mushroom teas, including Lion's Mane, contain bioactive compounds that may help to strengthen the body’s immune system. These compounds are thought to work by stimulating the production of immune cells and modulating immune responses, to support the body as it fends off infections and illnesses.

Potential Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Lion's Mane mushroom tea contains compounds with potential anti-inflammatory properties. Regular consumption might help support efforts to reduce inflammation in the body, which is linked to various chronic health conditions.

Stress Reduction and Relaxation

Certain mushroom teas, like cordyceps, Lion’s Mane and Reishi, have adaptogenic properties that may help the body manage stress and promote relaxation. These teas are thought to support the adrenal glands and help the body adapt to stressors.

Digestive Health

Lion's Mane mushroom tea could benefit digestive health. It might aid in maintaining a healthy gut environment by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, which in turn supports digestion and gut-related functions.

Nervous System Health

Lion's Mane mushroom tea's potential to support nerve growth and maintenance might have positive implications for nervous system health. It could contribute to enhanced neural communication and overall nervous system function.

Unique Properties of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Lion's Mane Mushrooms Used for Our Mushroom Tea Blend

Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) mushrooms stand out for their distinctive appearance, with long, cascading spines, resembling a lion's mane. As you’ll have discovered above, this mushroom has several distinct health-supporting properties too. Here’s a summary, plus a few extras:

  • It is packed with bioactive compounds that have been linked to neurological health and cognitive function. Research is still ongoing and more studies are needed, but recent research is detailed here.
  • By promoting the production of NGF, Lion's Mane may contribute to a healthier nervous system.
  • Lion’s Mane may support attempts to lower blood sugar levels.
  • It has also been linked to heart health, but more research is needed.
  • Certain studies have suggested Lion’s Mane may combat the pathogen Helicobacter pylori, which causes stomach ulcers.

If you're still intrigued by our Lion's Mane tea, it’s time to try a delightful blend that combines this special mushroom with black, green sencha, or decaffeinated black tea for a tasty experience. Shop our new range today.

For us, creating a blend of mushroom tea was our natural next step, especially after seeing the success of our other products. From listening to our customers’ wants and needs, a tea blend was another great way for them to make the most of the health-supporting benefits of this fantastic mushroom. Why not explore our wider range of products using the benefits of these incredible mushrooms, from mushroom coffees, mushroom lattes and even a delicious blend of mushroom hot chocolate? Shop around today.

As you embark on your journey into the wonderful world of mushroom tea, remember that individual responses may vary. It's always wise to seek guidance from a healthcare professional before making any significant changes to your wellness routine.

FAQ 

What is mushroom tea good for?

Mushroom tea is believed to have various potential benefits, including immune support, cognitive enhancement, anti-inflammatory effects, and more. 

Which mushroom tea is the most beneficial?

Lion's Mane mushroom tea is one of the most prized mushroom teas due to its potential to support cognitive and neurological functions.

Does mushroom tea have anti-inflammatory properties?

Certain mushroom teas, like Reishi, Lion’s Mane and Chaga, may possess anti-inflammatory properties. This means they could contribute to supporting the reduction of chronic inflammation, which is linked to a range of diseases.

Who should avoid Lion’s Mane tea?

If you’re allergic to mushrooms, pregnant, on medication or have any existing health conditions, always consult your doctor before consuming mushroom tea.

Is it ok to drink mushroom tea every day?

Mushroom tea can generally be enjoyed daily, but it's recommended to consult a healthcare provider to ensure your mushroom tea consumption aligns with your individual health needs.

Are there any side effects to drinking mushroom tea? 

Side effects are rare, but some people may experience issues such as digestive discomfort or allergic reactions. If you experience any adverse effects, discontinue use immediately and consult a medical professional.

Who should not take mushroom tea?

Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals, those with underlying health conditions, or anyone on medication should consult a healthcare provider before incorporating mushroom tea into their routine.

Does mushroom tea benefit gut health?

Certain mushroom teas are linked to gut health. Chaga, for example, contains antioxidants and dietary fibre that may support digestive health and gut function, while Lion’s Mane may provide support by promoting beneficial gut bacteria.

Can I drink mushroom tea before bed?

Certain mushroom teas, like Reishi, are known for their relaxing properties and can be enjoyed before bedtime to encourage relaxation and sleep.

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