Mushrooms for Sleep - Can Reishi Help With Insomnia?

Mushrooms for Sleep - Can Reishi Help With Insomnia?

Medicinal mushrooms have been used by many cultures worldwide for thousands of years to treat a wide range of health issues. Medicinal mushrooms were first used in Asian countries and are still a part of today's culture. In the past 30 years, Japan and China have begun using medicinal mushrooms for cancer patients when combined with chemotherapy treatments [1, 2]. 

Reishi, also known as lingzhi, are nutrient-dense mushrooms that contain peptides, polysaccharides, and triterpenoids They are also full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. 

As a general supplement, people can use reishi to reduce stress, improve their immune system strength, and decrease fatigue; research has even shown a reduction in cancer cells [3]. Reishi's ability to improve sleep and symptoms of depression are where it could see even greater use amongst people looking for natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals[4, 5]. 

The reishi mushroom and its unique compounds may be the answer for people who have trouble relaxing or suffer from  insomnia. Here, we outline some of the leading benefits of the reishi mushroom for anxiety, insomnia and general health as well as provide insights into how this versatile mushroom can potentially improve the quality of life for many people.

The Renowned Benefits

Reishi has been consistently researched for its potential as a treatment option for cancer; it has been shown to elevate the immune function of the white blood cells, fighting off infection and certain tumors. [6, 7]. 

Aside from its incredible immune-boosting benefits, perhaps the greatest potential health benefit of the reishi mushroom is its ability to reduce symptoms of depression [8], improve heart health [9], deliver antioxidants [10], and reduce high levels of blood sugar [11]. Some studies also show how the reishi mushroom may decrease anxiety, pointing to the polysaccharides and triterpenoid compounds that are responsible for its stress-lowering capacity [12]. Drinking reishi for anxiety and stress has been done for centuries, and it’s a wonderful way to enjoy your daily cup of tea. 

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Can Reishi Be An Effective Insomnia Treatment?

The compounds found in reishi mushrooms may reduce fatigue and promote healthy sleep routines. The adaptogenic qualities of the reishi mushroom positively may affect how the body responds to external stressors, which can help the body rest better [8].

One particular study on reishi mushrooms showed an improvement in people with breast cancer after taking supplements over several weeks; they found that the supplements significantly reduced insomnia, anxiety, and depression symptoms after eight weeks [13]. 

Tamim Teas’ Reishi Mushroom Teas

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With all the amazing potential health benefits available within the mighty reishi mushroom, you are probably anxious to experience it yourself. Lucky for you, we have two wonderful reishi mushroom tea blends that pack a tasteful punch; Reishi Delight and Reishi Chaga Boost.

Large supplement companies have used the reishi mushroom for its marketing cache'; however, many products on the market in the United States that claim to have reishi mushroom as an active ingredient do not [14]. At Tamim Teas, we only use reishi mushrooms that have been grown by local organic family farmers that pass our high standards of quality control. There are no synthetic, processed, or fabricated ingredients in any of our teas. 

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