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A breakthrough in functional mushroom formulation for coffee applications

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In the expansive industry of health and wellness, functional mushrooms are gaining prominence as potent allies.

Laden with diverse nutritional compounds, these mushrooms are experiencing a significant uptick in popularity within the health sector. The trajectory of functional mushrooms is defined by their rich nutritional profiles. Recognized as superfoods for their unique composition and potential health benefits, they have captured consumers’ attention, fostering heightened awareness and interest in related products.

Functional mushrooms are rich in bioactive compounds that can positively impact health. These mushrooms include varieties such as Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Turkey-tail, Maitake, Chaga, and Cordyceps militaris. They are packed with essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants, which support various bodily functions and enhance overall wellbeing.

These mushrooms have been used for centuries in traditional medicine systems around the world. Modern research continues to uncover their potential health benefits. The superfood status is due to their dense nutritional content and ‘adaptogenic’ properties, which help the body adapt to stress and maintain homeostasis.


Adaptogens: Nature's answer to health challenges

First coined in the 1940s, the term ‘adaptogen’ refers to active components found in specific plants or fungi that help the body adapt to various types of stress, whether it be chemical, biological, or physical. These components meet stringent criteria as they are non-toxic, aid in stress resistance, and foster a delicate balance between mental and physical health.1​ These unique compounds have been used for medicinal purposes by ancient civilizations for thousands of years.2​ Today, there are more than 70 naturally occurring adaptogens, including herbs and many mushroom varieties.

Many fungi, whether classified as herbs or belonging to the same fungal kingdom, can thrive in harsh environments. They are rich in nutrients, allowing them to withstand challenging conditions while also meeting the three essential criteria of an adaptogen.

Commonly known as ‘adaptogenic mushrooms’, notable examples include Lion's Mane, which can support cognitive health; Reishi, which has stress-relieving properties; Turkey-tail, which aids immune modulation; Maitake, which enhances immunity; Chaga, known for its immune-supporting and antioxidant properties; and Cordyceps militaris, which can boost energy.

Mushroom coffee: A growing trend

Mushroom coffee is a significant trend gaining pace in Europe and the US. This movement involves incorporating a variety of functional mushrooms to replace or complement traditional coffee.

Beyond simply reducing caffeine intake, this trend shows the potential of mushrooms to regulate immunity and help to reduce to stress. Mushroom coffee is becoming increasingly popular as it offers more than just an alternative to traditional coffee.

Mushroom coffee delivers a gentler caffeine experience, reducing the jittery effects often associated with regular coffee. Additionally, it introduces the immune-supporting and stress-relieving benefits of adaptogenic mushrooms, making it an appealing choice for health-conscious consumers.

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A breakthrough in mushroom innovation

The Taiwanese MCB Group recently launched UltimateMushroom™ – a Mushroom Complex Extract Powder into the forefront of scientific and holistic wellbeing.

This extract powder carefully combines five to 10 types of whole-food mushrooms (not extracts or isolated compounds, but rather the entire mushroom) and botanical adaptogens, featuring a robust 30% polysaccharide content. This formulation powerfully enhances energy levels and fortifies the immune system, positioning it as a key player in promoting comprehensive health.

Furthermore, MCB has conducted clinical studies on UltimateMushroom with coffee, demonstrating its capacity to mitigate the decline in short-term memory performance, typically caused by reduced caffeine effects, and can improve brain focus.

Characterized by stringent raw material selection, cutting-edge extraction and production techniques, and a rich nutritional profile abundant in polysaccharides and β-glucan, UltimateMushroom promotes both physical and mental balance, offering a range of benefits. Its highly soluble powder ensures easy dissolution, offering a smooth and convenient consumption experience.

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Versatility of functional mushroom coffee

UltimateMushroom can be seamlessly integrated into a variety of applications, catering to diverse consumer needs. It can be added to coffee, kombucha, various tea drinks, and immune system support products featuring Elderberry extract, vitamin D3, vitamin C, Zinc, and selenium. Additionally, it is suitable for adaptogenic anti-stress products, including fermented brown rice tea, ashwagandha, eleuthero, and schisandra.

Its application adaptability makes it an excellent choice for manufacturers looking to enhance their offerings with functional ingredients. The use of UltimateMushroom in formulations can not only enhance the product but also elevate customer satisfaction.

This product is now available in the US, distributed by Faravelli Inc​, the US arm of the long-established Italian Group Faravelli​ which has a rich history in ingredient distribution dating back to 1926.

The company is renowned for its commitment to quality and innovation, providing high-quality ingredients to the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries.

The company's extensive experience and expertise ensures that customers receive the highest quality products and services. For those seeking more information, technical details, or commercial support, inquiries are welcomed at sneniryyv@sneniryyv.hf​.


1.​ Liao, LY.; He, YF.; Li, L.; et al. (2018). A preliminary review of studies on adaptogens: comparison of their bioactivity in TCM with that of ginseng-like herbs used worldwide.​ Chin Med. 13:57.
2.​ Todorova, V.; Ivanov, K.; Delattre, C.; et al. (2021). Plant Adaptogens-History and Future Perspectives.​ Nutrients. 13(8):2861.

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