Last time I shared with you the personal experience I had with drinking a healthy coffee.  Today, I wanted to share something that one of my friends has expressed happened when they drank this healthy coffee for a few months.  They said their blood pressure had dropped.  So being the research nerd I am I started studying more about this cool herb in my healthy coffee.  Here is what I uncovered.

Healthy Coffee Lowing Blood Pressure

Healthy Coffee Lowing Blood Pressure

The Ganoderma Lucidum also known as reishi, an active ingredient in healthy coffee, is a form of medicinal mushroom used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years. It has been described in Chinese medicine as the “mushroom of immortality” due to its many health benefits. The Reishi mushroom, according to the Chinese medical book Shen Nong’s Herbal Classic positively affects the Qi of the heart and relieves chest tightness. The ancient Chinese believe that long term consumption of the herb will lighten the body and lengthen the years.

Drinking coffee everyday is not detrimental to our health anymore. Coffee with Ganoderma as its active ingredient has many health benefits, to wit: anti-tumor properties, anti-allergenic, antiviral, antioxidant, and antihypertensive. Laboratory studies have found that the Reishi mushroom extracts shows anti neoplastic effects against some types of cancer cells. Their animal model shows that Ganoderma prevents cancer metastasis.

People with problems on their high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels can benefit highly from the Ganoderma herb. The Ganoderma extracts reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels by inhibiting cholesterol synthesis. It also aids in improving the High density Lipoprotein (good cholesterol). Preventing the increase of cholesterol levels in the blood also prevents the risk of certain heart diseases and strokes.

Ganoderma mushroom is known to contain anti-hypertensive properties due to the presence of triterpines, a class of a hydrocarbon that helps lower down blood pressure by inhibiting the synthesis of the Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) which effects to the dilation of the blood vessel to accommodate the increase in blood flow. The increase in blood flow is accompanied by the increase of blood pressure. Increasing blood pressure is the body’s compensatory mechanism to stress situations.

It is important to note here that Ganoderma is something organic; therefore, coffee that is mentioned is that of an organic coffee. For many of us who drinks coffee everyday, it is a relief that we can still drink coffee without compromising our health.

I have started a fantastic collection of Coffee drink recipes.  They are fun to make and save you tons of money instead of visiting Starbucks you can buy that new pair of cool shoes you usually say are out of your budget, haha!  See you knew you would love me.  Send your name and email in the quick and easy form below I am gonna give you my coffee recipes.  This is so much fun, who knew improving your health and enjoying your favorite drink coffee would bring so much JOY!

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Healthy Coffee

Healthy Coffee

One of the things over time I have found the hardest to let go of in my ongoing lifestyle to improve health has been coffee.  I remember when I was pregnant YEARS ago I gave it up and used Postum.  GRRRR that stuff tasted horrible but 28 years ago we did not have the options we do today.  Are you counting your blessings yet?

But today there are so many cool options that I have gone from decaffeinated to swiss water processed decaffeinated then organic, then organic swiss water processed decaffeinated.  Then along came tecchino.  Now do not get me wrong tecchino is delicious.  It is good, but it is not coffee.  I started drinking roobioos teas and just about gave up every finding a healthy alternative.  In my desire to eat and drink for my health in a more alkaline design I was talking with a new twitter friend in a coffee shop of all things.  Hey we like to support local businesses and they had other drinks there.  We were talking about business and Law of Attraction.  He mentioned he had said to his wife, “I just want a business that I can make money and enjoy a good cup of coffee.

Heckfire, someone he met three days later introduced him to exactly that.  A healthy coffee.  I was like NO WAY.  Tell me more.  Turns out there is a healthy coffee that has the King of herbs in it, the Reishi mushroom.  Now having been a certified herbalist since 1983 I was like WAY COOL DUDE.  Now you may be wondering why I feel that way.

Reishi Mushroom Healthy Coffee

Reishi Mushroom Healthy Coffee

Here ya go, Reishi mushroom is very good for you. Reishi contains 200 vitamins and minerals, including over 150 antioxidants. Reishi contains a high concentration of alkaloids which naturally help improve pH levels in the body. Now, we are talking my game, whoo hoo!  Yes, you can like green drinks and still enjoy your coffee.  When I eat good and take care of myself I do not have to worry I wiped it all out with a cup of coffee.

Hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the “mushroom of immortality” and the “medicine of kings,” you’d expect reishi to offer you some pretty astounding health benefits, right? Your assumptions are correct. This prized fungus may be able to boost your immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease, calm your nerves and relieve both allergies and inflammation.

Though there are six different types of reishi, all classified by color, herbalists generally call red reishi the most potent and medicinal variety, and thus it is the most commonly used form of reishi in North America, Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea. In the wild, the mushroom grows on deciduous trees in heavily forested areas of China and Japan, but it’s now easily and widely cultivated commercially, so you don’t have to venture into the forest to enjoy the benefits.

Next post I will share the diseases that Reishi is attributed to help prevent.  You will be amazed.

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June 22, 2009