Reishi Mushrooms for Stress and Anxiety

Stress is perceived by the nervous system and transmitted to the command centre of the brain (the hypothalamus) which in turn relays the message to the adrenal glands stimulating the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine / adrenaline).
The Reishi mushroom, known as the 'Queen of Mushrooms’ or 'Mushroom of Immortality' is a nerve tonic that helps regulate the alarm signals reaching the brain.

Alleviates Insomnia
When it comes to sleep Reishi covers all the bases. It is most definitely NOT a sedative but works on the circadian sleep rhythms particularly when the trouble comes from an active mind that won’t turn off. The same mental agitation that interferes with sleep at night triggers anxiety during waking hours, making Reishi helpful around the clock. This does mean, however, that the mushroom needs to be taken on a continuous basis in order to function.

Anxiety Relief
Reishi also appears to work on the HPA by improving the function of the adrenal glands themselves. This makes Reishi an excellent food choice for calming the mind, easing anxiety, promoting sleep, grounding and centering us, and fostering greater resilience to stress over time.

Is it Safe?
This marvellous mushroom is considered to be quite safe. Because Reishi can improve blood sugar levels and lower high blood pressure there are possible drug interactions with diabetic and/or antihypertensive medications. It is always advisable to discuss your medications and supplements with a knowledgeable health care provider.
Obviously, a known mushroom allergy would make Reishi a poor choice, and there is some evidence of Reishi spores causing skin sensitivity or respiratory allergy. Reishi is not an edible mushroom (it feels like a mushroom carving made from glossy wood) and must be processed to extract the medicinal actives within. Tinctures and capsules are both common delivery methods, and the appropriate dosage will depend on the method of production, the strength of the final product, and the needs of the individual.

So, whether you are feeling beaten down by life circumstances and need help climbing out of the gutter, or you’re heading into an exciting new stage of your life and want to be in top form to embrace every opportunity to the fullest, or you’re somewhere in the middle and just want to feel calmer and less stressed overall, red Reishi mushroom is an excellent choice! Not only can it help you to thrive rather than to merely survive but it can also enhance many aspects of your physical and mental health at the same time.

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