Running a CBD business has taught me many things, and in particular has opened my mind to nootropics (brain-enhancing compounds) and how we can 'hack' ourselves into better performance. Of course, there is absolutely no replacement for quality sleep, regular exercise and a balanced diet, but if you're firing in all 3 departments then adaptogenic mushrooms could be the key to taking your wellness to the next level.
Adaptogenic mushroom fans hone their focus on a select number of mushrooms: namely Lion's Mane, Reishi, Turkey Tail, Maitake & Cordyceps. These fungi have are powerful antioxidants, and have been shown to reduce oxidative stress - a biological process that is known for fueling cancer in the body.
Better quality sleep is reported in multiple animal studies wherein the subjects consumed reishi mushrooms (a well-regarded mushroom in eastern medicine, where it has been used to reduce stress and promote calm) for a few days. Polysaccharides from reishi mushrooms have also been shown to support neurogenesis and improve cognitive function; a win-win for focus and attention.
Mushrooms have also been shown to be immunomodulators that aid your immune system in mounting the appropriate response to alien bacteria and viruses. The reduction of stress and calming properties of some mushrooms lends itself to this idea; the lower your stress, the greater your immunity.
To further this point, the prebiotic fibre found in most mushroom supplements supports a balance of healthy bacteria in the gut. More and more research is linking the gut to immune response, mood and sleep, with many experts calling it the 'second brain' of the body.
The word 'adaptogenic' relates to your body's ability to react positively to stress. Therefore, it makes sense that including a combination of these mushrooms in your diet to improve your bodily functions will aid your stress-response mechanism.
Have you noticed any benefits from taking adaptogens or any other nootropic? Let us know in the comments below!