Reishi mushroom, anxiety and stress relief
Reishi mushroom may exert a calming effects on the mind and body by affecting certain neurochemical systems in the brain and modulating the body's stress response through its effects on hormones and neurotransmitters. Here's what we know so far:
Reishi mushroom contains bioactive compounds, such as polysaccharides, triterpenes, and ergosterols, which are thought to contribute to its potential calming and stress-relieving effects. Polysaccharides in reishi mushrooms stimulate the immune system and modulate the levels of cytokines, which are chemical messengers that regulate the body's immune and inflammatory responses. Triterpenes, on the other hand, exhibit anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects, which may contribute to the reduction of symptoms of anxiety and stress.
Reishi mushroom may help regulate the levels of hormones and neurotransmitters involved in the regulation of mood and stress, such as cortisol, serotonin, and dopamine. Studies show that reishi mushroom can lower cortisol levels. Reishi mushroom may also increase the levels of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating mood, and dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that is involved in the regulation of mood, motivation, and pleasure.