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RYZE Mushroom Coffee Review: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Comparison

Written by Brandi Givens, RDN

Published on November 21, 2021

Our Expert Rating:

3.8

About This Rating
The average rating of this product is calculated based on the evaluation of the following factors:
  • Support for Claims:4.0
  • Ingredient Safety:4.0
  • Value for the Price:4.0
  • Brand Transparency:3.0

RYZE Mushroom Coffee is an alternative to the traditional American morning java. While this product is likely safe to drink regularly, long-term studies are needed to evaluate daily medicinal mushroom use.

RYZE Mushroom Coffee Review: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Comparison
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Pros

  • Lower caffeine content may be a good alternative to coffee for some consumers
  • Mushrooms have been used medicinally in other cultures for centuries
  • Likely safe for healthy people who don’t have food allergies

Cons

  • More studies in humans are needed to evaluate side effects with daily, long-term use
  • There may not be enough of each mushroom in one serving to support claims
  • More expensive than a regular cup of coffee brewed at home

What Is RYZE Mushroom Coffee?

RYZE Mushroom Coffee is a powder drink mix made with several types of “functional” mushrooms, coffee, and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil.

RYZE is marketed as an alternative coffee drink that is lower in caffeine and higher in nutrients than plain coffee.

The company claims that its product helps with focus, energy, and immunity.

The taste of RYZE is described as earthy compared to regular coffee, but that it doesn’t taste like mushrooms. The texture is said to be smooth and creamy because of the MCT oil.

The company recommends drinking RYZE in the morning to provide energy throughout the day.

The RYZE company is based in Boston, Massachusetts, but the product is manufactured in and shipped from Texas.

The company explains that their mushrooms are grown in California, and their coffee and MCT oil are from other suppliers within the United States.

The mushrooms are organic, but their coffee and MCT oil are not certified organic at this time.

Evaluation of Ingredients

The difference between RYZE and other instant coffee drinks is the addition of six different medicinal mushrooms and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil.

RYZE claims that these ingredients help boost immunity, increase focus, and provide energy.

Mushroom Blend, 2,000 mg

Mushrooms have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

Western medicine has only recently begun researching their properties, offering the validity needed for medical professionals to justify recommendations.

The ingredients label says that there is a total of 2,000 mg of mushrooms per serving in the product, but it doesn’t clarify how much of each mushroom is in one serving.

This means that we can’t accurately compare the individual mushroom amounts in this product to relevant mushroom studies.

Cordyceps Mushrooms

Cordyceps sinensis is a rare fungus that grows from the larva of insects. For at least 300 years, Chinese people have been using the fungus therapeutically for fatigue, cough, kidney problems, and more.

A study in 2017 showed that after three weeks of taking 4 grams of a mushroom blend containing Cordyceps militaris, athletes showed greater tolerance to high-intensity exercise.

It’s thought that the effects were due to the body’s ability to use oxygen more efficiently.

Another small double-blind study involving 20 elderly men showed that after taking 333 mg of Cordyceps sinensis three times a day for 12 weeks, exercise performance improved significantly compared to the placebo group.

Summary

Cordyceps mushrooms have been shown in several studies to improve oxygen intake and exercise performance.

Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) have been used in Asian cultures for immune boosting, energy, memory, antiaging, and cardiac benefits for at least 2,000 years.

Western medicine has only recently begun to study its benefits.

In one small study involving 48 breast cancer survivors, participants were given 1,000 mg of reishi spore powder three times daily for four weeks.

The recipients of the powder experienced improved liver and kidney functions, and reports of anxiety and depression symptoms were better than the placebo group.

A review of compiled animal and human studies involving five different species of mushrooms showed that reishi had immune-boosting effects for several different kinds of cancers.

The review concluded that mushrooms could be used as part of treatment for cancer.

Summary 

Reishi mushrooms have been used medicinally by humans for thousands of years, and recent studies show their potential power for boosting immunity.

King Trumpet

Although this mushroom has been used to boost immunity, heal wounds, and fight cancer for centuries in Europe and Asia, I couldn’t find human studies involving King Trumpet mushrooms.

King Trumpet mushrooms (Pleurotus eryngii) are known to contain the valuable phytonutrient ergothioneine, an antioxidant known to help protect the body from free radicals which would otherwise harm cells.

It’s currently being studied for its potential to fight disease.

Summary

Although more evidence is needed from human studies, the nutrients in King Trumpet mushrooms have been shown to help fight disease.

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms (Lentinu edodes) are popular in cooking in the United States and worldwide. They are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Niacin, a B vitamin that helps the body make energy
  • Copper, which helps the body’s immune system, assists in producing energy, and is needed for brain development
  • Pantothenic Acid, which helps the body turn glucose into energy

A small 2015 study offered evidence that eating shiitake mushrooms regularly for several weeks has immune-boosting effects.

Blood samples taken from people after eating 5–10 grams of mushrooms daily for four weeks showed immune system improvements.

Summary 

Shiitake mushrooms are a good source of vitamins and minerals that support energy metabolism. When eaten regularly, they may boost the immune system.

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

RYZE Superfoods claims that their product supports the ability to focus.

Lion’s Mane mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus) are being studied for their potential to fight neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

One small human study of 30 people researched Lion’s Main’s effects on 50–80-year-old men and women with mild cognitive impairment.

There was a significant cognitive improvement after taking 250 mg of mushroom powder three times daily for 16 weeks compared to a placebo group.

An article published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine explained that mushrooms help the brain by stimulating the growth of nerve cells.

Summary 

Some research shows that Lion’s Mane mushrooms may support brain health, which could improve the ability to focus.

Turkey Tail Mushrooms

Mushrooms, including Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), have been shown to boost the immune system by feeding the microbiome with their polysaccharide content.

Polysaccharides in Turkey Tail have been found to increase the beneficial bacteria in the gut.

Turkey Tail has also been shown to aid in treating gastric cancer. This is also thought to be because of the polysaccharide content.

Summary

Turkey Tail mushrooms contain polysaccharides, which may boost the immune system by supporting a healthy gut microbiome.

MCTs and Coffee, 4,000 mg

Medium Chain Triglycerides

RYZE adds medium-chain triglycerides from coconut oil to their product, which adds a creamy texture. It may also provide a small amount of energy.

A mouse study in 2018 showed some evidence that MCT oil may improve exercise endurance. More human studies are needed to support the evidence.

Summary 

Some studies indicate that MCT oil can help people lose weight. Animal studies involving MCT support RYZE’s claim to increase energy, but human studies are needed.

Coffee

RYZE includes coffee in its ingredients list, and coffee is known to contain the well-studied stimulant called caffeine.

RYZE states that each serving has 48 mg of caffeine, which is about half the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee.

Caffeine has been the subject of hundreds of studies. The drug is known for its effects on the body and the brain; it provides energy, and it can help people focus.

Caffeine has been shown to improve task performance in some cases.

It works by crossing the blood-brain barrier and binding to special receptors in the brain, causing you to feel wakeful and alert.

Caffeine has also been shown to enhance exercise performance.

Summary 

Caffeine is a stimulant drug found in coffee, which can increase focus and perceived energy in people.

Verdict on Claimed Benefits

Below is our summary of the available evidence for the claimed benefits of RYZE Mushroom Coffee based on the available research:

  • Boosts immunityStrong Evidence
  • Provides energyStrong Evidence
  • Improves ability to focusStrong Evidence

While there is scientific evidence to support each ingredient in RYZE Mushroom Coffee, it’s unclear if there is enough mushroom content in the product to have therapeutic benefits.

I would like to see studies using the product itself to see if the claims are supported.

Side Effects, Safety, and Dosage

Although mushroom extracts are not well studied in humans, mushroom coffee is likely safe for most healthy people. Long-term safety studies of daily use are also not available.

People allergic to mushrooms or coconut should avoid this product. The medium-chain triglycerides in RYZE are extracted from coconut oil.

Some people notice gastrointestinal side effects after ingesting MCT oil, such as abdominal cramping, nausea, and bloating.

Some people have noticed side effects from mushroom powders such as rash, stomach upset, nausea, itching, dry mouth, and dizziness.

Reishi mushrooms may increase the activity of anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications, leading to excess bleeding. Cordyceps has also shown anti-clotting effects in some studies.

One serving of this product contains about 48 mg of caffeine from coffee, about half of what is generally in one cup of coffee.

People sensitive to caffeine and those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consider this.

The website instructs consumers to mix one scoop (1 tablespoon) of powder into 8–10 ounces of hot water. Creamers or sweeteners can be added according to preferences.

Always ask your doctor about taking alternative medicine products, especially if you have underlying conditions and are taking medications.

Summary

RZYE is probably safe for people without allergies and those not sensitive to caffeine.

Cost and Where to Buy

RYZE Mushroom Coffee is available for purchase from their website. The cost is $36 for one 30-serving pouch, which works out to $1.20 per serving.

The company offers a membership discount of $6 off if you buy the product for three months, which comes to $1.00 per serving.

This is relatively inexpensive compared to buying a cup of coffee at a coffee stand, but not compared to preparing a cup of coffee at home, which can be made for less than 20 cents per cup.

I think the cost is reasonable and worth it if it’s replacing your morning coffee, especially if you would otherwise go to a barista.

The company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if the product is unopened. The customer must contact the company for instructions before returning to get the refund. There is a 3% processing fee, and the customer also pays for shipping.

Summary

RYZE is a reasonably priced product, especially when compared to purchasing coffee outside the home.

How RYZE Compares to Alternatives

There are several coffee-alternative mushroom drinks on the market today.

Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee makes several versions that advertise different benefits.

For example, their Perform blend includes cordyceps mushrooms and coffee concentrate for higher caffeine content. Their Lion’s Mane blend is marketed as a brain-boosting blend.

This brand of coffee is a brew-style coffee instead of instant like RYZE.

Four Sigmatic coffee costs about the same as RYZE at Amazon, depending on which blend of Four Sigmatic you choose.

Another morning drink alternative is MUD\WTR, a mushroom, cacao, black tea, and spice powder.

This product has about 1/7 the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee, so it’s even less than RYZE.

Chocolate lovers may enjoy cacao as an ingredient, and many spices offer antioxidant benefits. However, some reviewers don’t like the texture.

The cost of MUD\WTR is a bit more expensive than RYZE.

Its most discounted price is $1.33 per cup, which works out to about $40 each month if you drink a serving each day.

If I had to choose between the three, I would likely buy the brand with the least ingredients, targeting just one problem: Four Sigmatic.

That way, customers are targeting the problem that’s most important to the individual.

Keeping it simple also allows consumers to evaluate if that mushroom works well for them.

Summary 

RYZE is comparable in price to other mushroom coffees. In my opinion, simpler versions may be a better alternative.

The Bottom Line

RYZE Mushroom Coffee is a hot morning drink that may offer nutrients from mushrooms and medium-chain triglycerides that your usual morning coffee won’t provide.

You can also cut your caffeine intake in half by drinking it instead of coffee.

Keep in mind that while the drink is likely safe for daily use, there aren’t long-term studies on humans available to confirm this.

Medicinal mushrooms have been used safely for centuries, but our ancestors did not necessarily eat them every day.

If you want to try mushroom coffee as an alternative to regular coffee, it may provide additional health benefits beyond your regular morning drink. It could be a good option for people trying to cut back on caffeine.

A Word from Our Dietitian

While it’s fun and convenient to try new products marketed as healthy alternatives, consider that it’s generally more beneficial to get nutrients from whole foods.

You may be sacrificing important components with processed powders, extracts, or supplements.

It’s also not always clear how much of each ingredient you’re getting from the product.

Whole foods offer nutrients in packages as nature intended. Plant foods provide phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that seem to work best as a team.

Whole, specialty mushrooms are delicious and more readily available than ever in your local grocery store. Or try shopping for them at your nearest Asian market.

Mushrooms can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, such as stir-fry, pasta, soups, or casseroles. They can provide a variety of nutrients and flavors to any dish you choose.

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