Widely popular in Chinese medicine, Ganoderma coffee is brewed using coffee beans that are infused with a certain type of mushroom or fungus known as Ganoderma lucidum, or reishi. Its caffeine content, at 9 milligrams per cup, is lower than the traditional coffee which normally contains 150 to 200 milligrams of caffeine in a similarly sized serving. Ganoderma coffee is not only tasty, but research on cells and animals suggests it also possesses several other health benefits such as treating insomnia and fatigue.
May Prevent Cancer
Cancer afflicts more than 1.6 million Americans, according to American Cancer Society’s statistics. Drinking a cup of Ganoderma coffee may suppress the development of cancer cells. As reported in the 2004 issue of "Nutrition and Cancer", scientists at Cancer Research Laboratory of the Methodist Research Institute found Ganoderma lucidum prevents the proliferation of breast cancer cells. Besides strengthening your immune system, Ganoderma lucidum also kills cancer cells in the lab by triggering apoptosis, which is programmed cell death.
Urinary Tract Infections
Normally caused by bacteria, urinary tract infections produce uncomfortable symptoms such as painful urination, cramps in the lower abdomen and fever. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, taking 150 to 300 milligrams of Ganoderma lucidum extract two to three times per day may relieve urinary tract infections. However, if you are taking blood thinning medication, avoid drinking large amounts of Ganoderma coffee as high doses can thin blood.
Prevents Parkinson’s disease
A condition that affects mostly older people, Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder that makes it difficult for you to walk, balance and coordinate your body easily, leading to tremors. It is caused by the inflammation of the nervous system. A study by Chinese scientists published in the June 2011 issue of the “Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine” found that the inflammatory properties of Ganoderma lucidum may help fight Parkinson’s disease. It does so by preventing the gradual degeneration of nerve cells. Drinking Ganoderma coffee may also protect against other degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Insomnia and Fatigue
If you suffer from insomnia, drinking Ganoderma coffee may help you sleep longer and better. A study by scientists at Peking University in China published in February 2012 in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” found that Ganoderma lucidum extract induced sleep in rats that moved around freely in the test environment. Drinking Ganoderma coffee can also help alleviate chronic fatigue disease, a condition that makes you feel exhausted most of the time.http://healthyeating.sfgate.com