Mushroom tea

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Mushroom tea is an infusion of mushrooms in water, made by using edible/medicinal mushrooms (such as lingzhi mushroom) or psychedelic mushrooms (such as Psilocybe cubensis). The active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms is psilocybin, while the active ingredients in medicinal mushrooms are thought to be beta-glucans.[citation needed]


Medicinal mushrooms are used for a variety of reasons, including stress and anxiety relief, anti-cancer properties, and lots of vitamins and antioxidants.[1] These teas are also sometimes used as a caffeine replacement.[2]

  • Artist's bracket mushroom tea – This tea assists in the regulation of blood sugar, boosts the immune system, aids in improving digestive function, helps to clear UTIs, improves the bloods circulatory flow, and enhances the libido.[3]
  • Chaga mushroom tea – Chaga mushroom tea has antioxidants and fiber.[4] It also assists in boosting the immune system and is an anti-inflammatory.[5] It has traditionally been used in Russia to treat heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.[6] This has been supported by studies addressing its anti-cancer properties,[7] as well as the ways in which it can help lower blood sugar[8] and lowering cholesterol.[9]
  • Cordyceps mushroom tea – While there has not been enough scientific studies to verify the medicinal effects of cordyceps tea, the initial findings and reports of benefits are promising. These benefits include improved athletic performance,[10] anti-aging properties,[11] anti-tumor properties,[12] assisting in managing type 2 diabetes,[13] heart health benefits,[14] and anti-inflammation properties.[15]
  • Lingzhi mushroom tea – Lingzhi, also known as reishi, is a staple medicinal mushroom. It has many uses, including immune boosting properties,[16] anti-cancer properties,[17] and anti-depressant effects.[18] Additionally, it is also used to help with high cholesterol,[19] decrease blood sugar,[20] and is a good source of antioxidants.[21]
  • Lion's Mane mushroom tea – Lion's Mane tea has many health benefits. It can help slow down the onset of dementia, as well as possessing anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties.[22][23] It can also help with recovery from neurological damage,[24] and protect from stomach ulcers,[25] and reducing the risk of heart disease.[26] As with many other mushrooms, it also aids with managing diabetes,[27] anti-cancer properties,[28] reduction of inflammation,[29] and boosting the immune system.[30]
  • Maitake mushroom tea – Maitake mushrooms are adaptogens, which means that they help the body fight mental and physical ailments.[31] These mushrooms are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Research suggests that maitake can aid in fighting cancer,[32] lowering cholesterol,[33] and type 2 diabetes.[34]


Neungi-cha (scaly hedgehog tea)

In Korea, mushroom teas known as beoseot-cha (버섯차 [pʌ.sʌt̚.tɕʰa]) are made from edible mushrooms such as black hoof mushroom, lingzhi mushroom, oyster mushroom, scaly hedgehog, and shiitake mushroom.

Psychedelic mushroom tea (P. cubensis)

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