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7 Adaptogenic Mushrooms to help with Stress, Anxiety, Energy and Happiness

Posted by Chris Baker on
7 Adaptogenic Mushrooms to help with Stress, Anxiety, Energy and Happiness

The effects of stress are pervasive, and the average person can feel it in their body. Stress can lead to a variety of health issues, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Luckily for us, there are plenty of natural ways to help your body handle stressful situations — something that mushroom enthusiasts have known for centuries.

If you're not familiar with adaptogenic mushrooms (also called "smart" or "tonic" mushrooms), they're fungi that have been used by many cultures throughout history as a way to improve physical performance and mental clarity.

But what exactly do these magic mushrooms do? Here's everything you need to know about how at-home remedies like reishi, chaga, cordyceps, shiitake, lion's mane and more can help your body cope with stress!

1. Reishi mushroom 

Reishi mushroom is a traditional Chinese medicine that is used for its medicinal benefits. It has been shown to help with insomnia, stress and fatigue, blood sugar regulation and inflammation. The most important benefit of reishi mushrooms is their ability to boost the immune system. They are also useful in treating many other conditions such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and HIV/AIDS.

This adaptogenic mushroom can be eaten raw or cooked in soups or stews. You can purchase dried reishi powder at most health food stores or online retailers like Amazon or iHerb if you prefer not to eat it raw.

2. Chaga mushroom

Chaga mushroom is a type of fungus that grows on birch trees in the northern hemisphere. It has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb, and it's known for its anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory properties and ability to boost the immune system. The chaga mushroom has been found to have high levels of antioxidants and a low glycemic index.

3. Cordyceps mushrooms

Cordyceps are a type of fungus. They're also used in Chinese herbal medicine and are considered to be adaptogens, which have been shown to have an energizing effect on the body.

Adaptogenic mushrooms can help reduce stress and improve your immune system.

4. Shiitake mushroom

Shiitake mushrooms are one of the most popular medicinal mushrooms in the world. They have been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of health problems, including diabetes and cancer.

Shiitake mushrooms have many health benefits: improving immune function, reducing inflammation and lowering cholesterol.

5. Lion's mane mushroom

Lion's mane mushroom is a medicinal mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It's also known as yamabushitake in Japanese, which means "mountain mushroom." If you want the benefits of lion's mane but are not into mushrooms, there are plenty of supplements available at health food stores.

Lion's mane contains compounds called erinacines and hericenones, which have been shown to help with nerve damage and memory loss. A study conducted by researchers in Japan found that rats who were fed lion's mane had more neurons in their brains than those who weren't fed it.

The greatest benefit of this mushroom may be its ability to promote neuroplasticity—the brain's ability to change its connections based on learning and experience over time. This can lead to better memory recall as we age; some people even report improvements after taking lion's mane supplements for just three months!

6. Turkey tail mushroom

Turkey tail mushroom is also known as Coriolus Versicolor, and it's a medicinal mushroom. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Turkey tail mushroom is a powerful antioxidant that can help boost your immune system and lower the risk of cancer.

As an adaptogen, turkey tail mushrooms promote optimal health by balancing hormones and offering relief from stress-related symptoms like anxiety, insomnia and fatigue.

They're also used to support healthy digestion by stimulating appetite while reducing nausea associated with chemotherapy medications used to treat cancer patients

7. Maitake mushroom

Maitake mushroom, also known as the dancing mushroom or hen of the woods, is a medicinal fungus that has been used for centuries to treat various conditions.

It's rich in antioxidants and fibre and can help improve your immune system and digestive system and even lower blood pressure if you're suffering from hypertension. It can also help boost the production of T-cells (a type of white blood cell) which may be helpful for those with HIV/AIDS or cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.[1]

Adaptogenic mushrooms help your body handle stress more effectively.

Stress is a normal part of life, but stress can be good or bad. When you're under stress, and your body is responding to it, you may feel tired and fatigued. You could also feel anxious or depressed. If you have a lot of stress in your life, it can cause you to overeat, drink too much alcohol, or use drugs more often than usual.

Adaptogenic mushrooms help your body handle stress better by increasing the amount of energy they provide while working with the immune system to better control inflammation caused by excessive amounts of cortisol (the stress hormone).


There are many types of mushrooms, and some have more adaptogenic properties than others. The most popular ones include reishi, chaga and shiitake. But there are also other options out there if you want something different from these three!

We hope that this article helped answer some questions about what adaptogens are, why they're good for us and how they work within our bodies so well. It's really important to understand the mechanisms behind things like this if we want to get better at treating diseases like depression or anxiety—and luckily, there are plenty of options available today!


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