How Can you Make Espresso Healthy?

Coffee has been a staple stimulant and anti-oxidant, the health benefits are often overlooked, learn exactly what you are getting out of it, and how you can take it one step further.

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Coffee is an incredibly popular, incredibly satisfying and in the right circumstances, beneficial to your health. The high level of anti-oxidants and nutrients also contribute to a number of different well-ness factors and caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance on the planet, and as you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream and makes its way to your brain where it blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter "adenosine".

 

When inhibitory neurotransmitters in your brain are blocked by caffeine, it improves energy levels, mood, vigilance reaction times and general mental function. It's ok that we feel more human after our morning coffee, embrace it. But it's not just the caffeine, these nutrients can be found in the average coffee.

 

 

Beneficial Nutrients in Coffee Beans

 

 These are some of the nutrients that you can find in an average coffee.

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).

  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.

  • Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.

  • Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.

These nutrients are vital to support blood cell and cell growth and regeneration of cells, and helps turn the food you eat into energy. Manganese and potassium are great for our muscles bones and connective tissues, and niacin is essential for the body to function properly.

 

None of the bad stuff either

 

A black coffee will have zero fats, zero carbs and zero calories and doesn't naturally come with sugar in it. Specialty coffee should allow you to enjoy coffee in it's purest, with very minimal impact to yourself. It's the perfect vessel for adding what you need at the time you need it.

  • 0g total carbs.

  • 0g fat.

  • 0g protein.

  • 0 calories.

Now if you want to add milk, or syrups in it, this obviously adds fats and sugars into the equation, which for the most part are fine as part of a balanced diet, but on it's own, there's no beating a black coffee for stimulating yourself.

Supercharge Your Coffee

Now beyond the benefits we know and love of our coffee, there are also ways we can enhance our coffee to improve our attention and focus, and a whole variety of other cognitive functions, as well as benefits to our immune system and mental health. All sounds a bit too good to be true, but we've been using these natural remedies for thousands of years, and some coffee brands are starting to enhance their beans with Nootropics, usually consisting of medicinal mushrooms.

 

It's an exciting prospect, but studies are showing that mushrooms can play a big part in boosting our natural health and regeneration, which keeps us in fit mental condition could be as easy as adding a couple drops to your morning coffee.

 

 

 

Mushroom Tinctures for Coffee and their Health Benefits

 

The health benefits of coffee are long established, well documented, peer reviewed and part of mainstream knowledge. But the same can't be said about mushrooms - these organisms have been on the planet for over 700 million years. Just think of the evolution they would have gone through in that time. But there is further you can go to supercharge your brew by adding a small droplet of tincture to your espresso.

 

The research on the added benefits of tinctures are growing but fall into the broad and often rejected concept of “Nootropics”. Nootropics are drugs, supplements and other substances that are claimed to improve cognitive function. Caffeine is classed as a stimulant and we have been reaping the rewards of coffee for a millenia. It is suggested that we have lost our way to the benefits of some more natural nootropics out there, such as those found in fungi, botanicals and those found in CBD.

Mushrooms are a heavily under utilised item in the west. Some of the above mushrooms are edible (and quite delectable, in fact) but you need to to plan it into your meals. A really efficient method of getting these health benefits is by putting a small amount of tincture in your coffee. The coffee itself is such a strong flavour, that a mushroom tincture may add a small earthy taste to it, but will still taste very much like the coffee you would make.

 

Here are some of our favourite UK sellers of mushroom tinctures;

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Bristol Fungarium
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Isle of Wight Mushrooms
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Why is coffee Good for you?

Studies have shown that coffee drinkers enjoy many different benefits due to their high level of anti-oxidants and beneficial nutrients. Here's a list of benefits that make coffee a healthy drink to enjoy;

Last word

Coffee is such an under utilised proponent to a healthy lifestyle and by limiting sugar and fat intake really has very little negative effects on our health and well-being and as shown in the studies above, quite the opposite. When used as a vehicle for any of the natural remedies that are starting to become more widely available, it is the perfect medium to enjoy both the taste and reap the rewards of it.