Inflammation comes in many forms. When you think of inflammation, you might think of an ankle or knee swelling after an injury like a sprain. That is acute inflammation, and often resolves itself with ice and rest.
Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is something that affects lives long term – and causes a high percentage of our population to live with pain. Chronic inflammation comes in the form of Arthritis, IBS, Fibromyalgia, knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain, foot pain, tendonitis and even heart disease.
If you are someone who lives with pain every day, or if you know someone who does, you know it keeps you from enjoying the good things in life – time with family, enjoying a good meal, hikes in nature, playing tennis, golf or other sports, even working in the yard. Think how nice it would be to get out of bed – just one morning – without pain.
Because of the pain you are in, you may have been told (and discovered it was true) that reducing or eliminating caffeine, especially coffee, can reduce your pain – and in some cases even eliminate it. In fact, sites like AJCN.org (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) and WebMD.com have studies showing that moderate-to-high coffee consumption (>1 cup/day) increases markers of inflammation.
My Own Story
I’m one of those people who has had a lot of pain from inflammation, and adrenal issues as well, and I was told that it was important to eliminate caffeine from my diet. I struggled with that – one thing I really enjoyed – and one thing that even got me out of bed in the morning – was slowly waking up with a great cup of coffee.
When I went off caffeine, my pain level was lower (but definitely not gone), and based on my energy levels, I could also tell my adrenals weren’t as stressed. But it *sucked* (excuse my french) to have to eliminate yet one more thing that I enjoyed. Can you relate?
I was at a wellness fair one day, and one of the booths was promoting a “Healthy Coffee”. I was “off coffee” at that point, and almost didn’t look into this. But I kept seeing people gather at their booth, and I finally decided to check it out. Boy, am I glad I did!
Here is what I found…
There is a coffee called Gano Cafe. It is enriched with a very special herb called Ganoderma Lucidum (also known as Gano, Reishi or Lingzhi). You can kind of think of it like a “boost” in a smoothie. This coffee is real coffee (Arabica beans – fair trade, pesticide free), and contains a potent extract of this herb that actually enhances the taste of the coffee.
As I researched Ganoderma Lucidum, I learned that it has an amazing impact on the immune system and inflammation, as well as on blood sugar, sleep, adrenals, acid reflux and more. And since inflammation is an immune system response, that makes sense. In fact, there are over 700 medical studies documenting the benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum on PubMed.gov (the US National Library of Medicine) alone.
I know a lot of people are into the scientific research – and you can find that above – but what interests me most is what real people are experiencing.
I started drinking this coffee, and not only did I get to enjoy waking up to a great cup of coffee again, I also experienced more health benefits drinking this coffee than eliminating caffeine from my diet. How great is that!?! I experienced reduced back pain (i.e., reduced inflammation), and some of the numbers on my blood tests, like cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides, started to look better. And most exciting to me was that my adrenals felt less stressed.
Now a little more on inflammation and pain… as I mentioned above, it turns out that inflammation is an immune system response – it’s the immune system trying to protect the body cells and systems from what it perceives as foreign invaders – but with chronic inflammation, the immune system has gotten hung up – and with autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and shoulder tendonitis, the immune system is triggering the inflammation response even when there is no foreign invader, and the immune system ends up attacking itself. (There is a great explanation about this at the International Wellness Directory if you want to check it out.)
What are other people experiencing?
I found a lot of information on great experiences other people are having – and I posted them on a site that Rick and I put together – called GanoCafe.org.
And there are two videos in particular, that I found both compelling and touching. One is from Martin R, who had a very severe back injury, and the other is from Elizabeth V, who experienced IBS and other digestive disorders so badly that she literally couldn’t eat – both experienced huge changes (for the better) just from drinking this coffee:
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