Reishi mushroom for depression? The research says "YES"!

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Depression is a common mental health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including childhood trauma. substance mis-use, environment, and lifestyle. While there are many treatments available for depression, natural remedies are becoming increasingly popular. One such remedy is the Reishi mushroom.

Reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderma lucidum, is a medicinal mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is believed to have numerous health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-boosting properties. In recent years, research has also suggested that Reishi mushroom may have a positive effect on depression.

One study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that Reishi mushroom extract had an antidepressant-like effect on mice. The researchers found that the extract increased levels of serotonin and dopamine in the mice's brains, which are neurotransmitters associated with mood regulation. Another study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that Reishi mushroom had a calming effect on the central nervous system, which could help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Reishi mushroom is also rich in polysaccharides, which are complex carbohydrates that have been shown to have immune-boosting properties. Depression has been linked to chronic inflammation, and research has suggested that reducing inflammation in the body may help improve symptoms of depression. Therefore, the immune-boosting properties of Reishi mushroom may help reduce inflammation and improve mood.

How can I take Reishi Mushroom for depression?

Tea, Tincture or powdered. I prefer powdered mushrooms as mushrooms are generally a strong taste. A tincture, alcohol or glycerin based is another option for administration. If you are new to taking Reishi mushroom results and improvement in mood is usually seen within 2-3 weeks (right on par with pharmaceutical options). The recommended dosage is 2 grams or 2000 mg spread out 3-4 times daily of powdered Reishi mushroom. This can be added to coffee, mixed with soups or smoothies or sprinkled on top of other foods.

People who are pregnant, nursing or have bleeding disorders should not take Reishi mushroom. Reishi mushroom in high doses can cause dry mouth, itching, nausea and stomach upset. 

While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of Reishi mushroom on depression, it is clear that this medicinal mushroom has numerous health benefits. It is important to note that Reishi mushroom should not be used as a substitute for professional medical treatment for depression. However, incorporating Reishi mushroom into a healthy diet and lifestyle may provide additional support for those struggling with depression.

If you or someone you know is depressed and needs someone to speak with call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-877-870-4673.

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