The 5 Best Mushrooms for Beating Stress

The 5 Best Mushrooms for Beating Stress

In 2021 the Australian Bureau of Statistics published the results of the National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSMHW).

The findings showed that in 2020-21, 15% of Australians aged 16-85 years experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress.

Women were more likely to experience high or very high levels of psychological distress than men (19% compared with 12%). And one in five (20%) Australians aged 16-34 years experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress, more than twice the rate of those aged 65-85 years (9%).

Taking Mushrooms to Help with Stress and Anxiety

Medicinal mushrooms have been used for their health benefits for centuries. They are beneficial for immune health, and have adaptogenic properties that help the body to cope and adapt to stress.

We’ve written an article on adaptogens that explains just what they are and how they can help. Briefly though; adaptogens are a group of plants or mushrooms that possess adaptive qualities, meaning that in nature they respond and adapt well to harsh conditions. It turns out that they support us in a similar way.

Adaptogens can help to protect the body, and to restore our health. They can also boost our energy and support the immune system.

There is limited scientific research on the specific effects of mushrooms on stress relief. However, some mushrooms are believed to have potential benefits for managing stress and promoting overall well-being. It's important to note that while mushrooms may have health benefits, they are not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

Here are five mushrooms that are commonly associated with potential stress-reducing properties:

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum): Reishi mushrooms are well-known for their adaptogenic properties, which means they may help the body adapt to stress and restore balance. They have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to promote relaxation and improve overall health.

Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus): Lion's Mane mushrooms are believed to support cognitive function and mental well-being. They contain compounds that may have neuroprotective effects and support nerve regeneration, potentially contributing to stress management.

Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris): Cordyceps mushrooms are thought to enhance energy levels and stamina while supporting the body's response to stress. They are also considered adaptogenic and have been used in traditional medicine for various health benefits.

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus): Chaga mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and may help reduce inflammation in the body. Some people believe that its beneficial properties could contribute to stress reduction and overall wellness.

Maitake (Grifola frondosa): Maitake mushrooms are believed to support the immune system and have adaptogenic properties that could aid in stress management.

It's important to remember that while there may be anecdotal evidence and some preliminary studies supporting the stress-reducing properties of these mushrooms, more rigorous scientific research is needed to establish their effectiveness fully. If you're considering using mushrooms or any supplements for stress relief, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure safety and appropriateness for your specific situation.

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