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Ganoderma Coffee

Does Ganoderma Coffee Have Any Health Benefits?


Updated May 22, 2014

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Ganoderma coffee is regular coffee that contains extracts of ganoderma, a medicinal mushroom often referred to as "reishi" or "Lingzhi." It's a natural product that some say offers a range of health benefits.

Despite the marketing claims for the benefits of ganoderma coffee, however, there is no scientific support for the product's health effects.

The Science Behind Ganoderma Coffee

To date, no scientific studies have tested the health effects of ganoderma coffee. However, preliminary research indicates that ganoderma on its own may offer certain health benefits.

For instance, a 2003 study of 34 advanced-stage cancer patients found that ganoderma may help strengthen the immune system in people with cancer. Published in Immunological Investigations, the study found that 12 weeks of treatment with ganoderma supplements enhanced immune response in most participants.

What's more, findings from animal-based research and test-tube studies suggest that ganoderma may help knock out breast cancer cells, reduce airway inflammation associated with allergies, and lower cholesterol levels.

In addition, research shows that drinking coffee in general may have some beneficial effects. For example, a 2006 report from Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition notes that coffee consumption may help prevent several chronic disease (including diabetes and Parkinson's disease). However, the research review also found that coffee consumption is linked to increases in high blood pressure (a major risk factor for heart disease).

Uses of Ganoderma Coffee

Proponents claim that ganoderma coffee can:

Ganoderma coffee is also touted as a top source of antioxidants.

Is Ganoderma Coffee Safe?

Little is known about the safety of ganoderma coffee. However, ganoderma may cause a number of side effects, including nausea, dry throat and dry nose, and may also interact with some medications, such as anticoagulants and chemotherapeutic agents.

Additionally, consuming too much caffeine can speed up your heart rate, disrupt your sleep, upset your stomach and aggravate certain mental health problems (such as anxiety).

Should You Use Ganoderma Coffee for Health Purposes?

If you're considering using ganoderma for the treatment of a chronic condition, make sure to consult your doctor. Avoiding standard care and self-treating a health condition with ganoderma coffee may have serious consequences.


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Gao Y, Zhou S, Jiang W, Huang M, Dai X. "Effects of ganopoly (a Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide extract) on the immune functions in advanced-stage cancer patients." Immunological Investigations 2003 32(3):201-15.

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Liu YH, Tsai CF, Kao MC, Lai YL, Tsai JJ. "Effectiveness of Dp2 nasal therapy for Dp2- induced airway inflammation in mice: using oral Ganoderma lucidum as an immunomodulator." Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection 2003 36(4):236-42.

Shang D, Li Y, Wang C, Wang X, Yu Z, Fu X. "A novel polysaccharide from Se-enriched Ganoderma lucidum induces apoptosis of human breast cancer cells." Oncol Rep. 2011 Jan;25(1):267-72.

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