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What is Adaptogen Coffee?
An adaptogen is a nontoxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning. -Merriam-Webster.com Therefore, adaptogen coffee is coffee with added adaptogens such as mushrooms, herbs, or other stress-relieving supplements.
Common adaptogens can be used to balance hormones and stress.
Why Adaptogen Coffee Instead of Regular?
Adaptogen coffee is coffee with added supplements to balance the negative effects of coffee and/or caffeine on the body. When drinking adaptogen coffee, I look for coffee to assist with focus and cognitive ability. I also add in supplements L-Theanine and Monk Fruit. L-Theanine adds another layer for focus. It is also an amino acid commonly found in green and black tea. Monk Fruit is a ketogenic-friendly sugar alternative.
We’ve heard repeatedly that health is wealth. Regular coffee has often made me anxious and jittery. By stacking adaptogens, I can enjoy the benefits of coffee and add a layer of supplements to help focus in the mornings. I’ve come to notice lately my best work occurs in the late morning into early afternoon.
Another benefit of adaptogen coffee is you have a bit more control over the ingredients added. While buying plain coffee gives you absolute control, adaptogen coffee is the next best thing. Buying premade coffees with cream, added sugar and other flavorings can be detrimental to long-term health.
My Favorite Brands
I have found two specific brands that I enjoy for adaptogen coffee: Four Sigmatic and Laird. I can find Four Sigmatic at Thrive Market. Laird is available at my local natural & organic grocer. Four Sigmatic & Laird also have 10% off coupons if you sign up to their email list on their direct websites.
Laird & Four Sigmatic add adaptogen mushrooms to their coffee. These mushrooms are not only legal, but household names you’ve heard of. Common mushrooms are Reishi, Lions mane, Chaga, Cordyceps, etc. I prefer Laird to Four Sigmatic because Laird adds Rhodiola Rosea. Rhodiola adds another adaptogen to the layer of focus and hormonal balance.
Many other brands exist with mushroom adaptogens and others. Four Sigmatic and Laird have different adaptogen blends for different purposes. If you don’t want to add L-theanine separately, Four Sigmatic does have green tea latte blends.
The Cost of Adaptogen Coffee
Adding in Monk Fruit, L-Theanine, and other supplements I estimate my most expensive cup of coffee (12 oz.) to be about $2 per cup. That may seem a bit high, however, I can generally drink a morning cup of coffee as breakfast. The one cup can be enough to hold me over until lunch. Sometimes I will add an omelet or small plate of scrambled eggs.
$2 dollars is a lot more expensive than a plain cup of regular coffee made at home. However, it is $3 cheaper (or more) than the cost of a large, sugar-filled coffee “dessert.” This $2 cup also adds benefits, such as focus, to your morning routine. To me, I prefer that trade-off to a $0.50 cup of regular coffee.
Making coffee at home won’t make you rich, but it can help you make better choices for your wallet and health. I prefer to spend a bit more on my health for the future, rather than spending as little as possible at the cost of my health.
Piqued your interest with the idea of adaptogen coffee? Why not give it a try? No, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms or herbs either. It tastes like most other cups of coffee.
Disclaimer: Any supplements mentioned in this and any article on this site are for educational purposes only. Not medical advice. Always consult with a certified physician before adding supplements to your diet.