Drinking Mushroom Coffee During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Any new food or drink can have an expecting mother cautious as to protect the pregnancy and wouldn't she be? It's usually said to cut down caffeine while pregnant, one cup of coffee or around 200mg of caffeine. So, if switching to mushroom coffee, what would be the appropriate amount to drink while expecting or if planning to breastfeed? But, no matter what you read online or what you see on any company's website, always speak to your doctor to get medical advice regarding the health of you and your pregnancy.
What is in our Mushroom Coffee
To begin, what is in our mushroom coffee that you can discuss with your primary care physician? Mushroom coffee is essential Arabian coffee beans that have been combined with mushroom extract to enhance the antioxidants while cutting down on the usual amount of caffeine. Adding mushrooms to the blend also adds numerous other nutrients that are known to boost immune system functions and the coffee is less acidic than a traditional brew. The mushrooms used aren't the kind you find on a pizza or in a pasta, rather they are typically Cordyceps, Chaga, and Lion's Mane. These mushrooms are often used as supplements or in Chinese medicine due to their myriad of health benefits. Not all supplements are best for a pregnancy, so be sure to discuss the ingredients of mushroom coffee with your doctor before enjoying some.
Let's discuss these different mushrooms used in the coffee and their known benefits:
Also known as the Caterpillar Mushroom and is primarily used to boost the immune system, enhance the respiratory system, and promote longevity. Further, Cordyceps mushroom is known to help with liver and kidney function, even helping to stop cirrhosis. These benefits have been studied and published, it isn't just a traditional thought associated with ancient medicine.
This mushroom grows on birch trees and tends to have a more orange tissue. The Chaga mushroom is considered a superfood with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals making it up, including cesium, amino acids, fiber, zinc, iron, B-complex vitamins, potassium, and vitamin D. Now, that is just a short list of the nutrients present in Chaga and all of them present in Chaga mushroom coffee. Using this mushroom in the coffee helps in lowering cholesterol and therein fighting heart disease, helps prevent and fight cancer due to it being rich in antioxidants, lowering blood pressure, and preventing inflammation. Knowing these benefits are present in your body means that they'd be passed via breastfeeding, but as always check with your doctor.
Lion's Mane Mushroom:
This mushroom is also called yamabushitake and as you guess, look like a shaggy lion's mane while growing. The Lion's Mane is botch culinary and used medically in Asian countries, enjoyed raw, cooked, or dried. When this mushroom is amongst food or present in the coffee, you can be sure to be getting numerous compounds that benefit your health. Two of these compounds are hericenones and erinacines, both known to stimulate the growth of brain cells and help to prevent or slow Alzheimer's disease. Also, Lion's Mane mushroom has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects that have reduced anxiety and depression. It is thought that it helps stimulate the hippocampus and that is why it helps in that regard. Lion's Mane does have numerous brain function benefits but also protects against ulcers and helps to manage Diabetes symptoms. Mentioning stomach ulcers is important because we know that excessive coffee drinking can cause them to begin with, so perhaps drinking Lion's Mane mushroom coffee will help to mitigate that.
These are the main three mushrooms we use in our coffee and have only summarized the known health benefits. You can see why we have enriched Arabian coffee with these mushrooms and why mushroom coffee is becoming popular amongst the wellness community. It's common for people to worry about the taste, making sure they're not drinking something akin to liquified mushrooms and the answer is a resounding no. Because we extract the essence of the mushroom and blend it with the Arabian beans you wouldn't notice the difference between our coffee and regular coffee. The only thing you'd notice is your better health and lack of caffeine jitters.
When pregnant and having plans to breastfeed while drinking mushroom coffee, or consuming anything new, it's always best to have an informed discussion with your doctor. They are there to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy and a beautiful baby arriving safely in your arms, so don't be afraid to bring up your concerns or questions with them. In the end, the mushrooms used in the coffee are well researched and understood. They're sold as supplements, used in health regimens, and the benefits are well documented. But, we know that bodies change during pregnancy and you'll have a new one growing within you. So, before switching up your diet with mushroom coffee or anything else, consult a medical expert before ordering.