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What is anxiety?

Feeling anxious from time to time is normal. However, people who have anxiety disorders often feel intense, excessive and persistent worry and are fearful in common situations of daily life. Often anxiety disorders manifest themselves with repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety, fear or terror that reach their maximum in just a few minutes (panic attacks).

These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily life, are difficult to control and are disproportionate when compared to real danger. To avoid these sensations, some people try not to go to certain places and avoid certain stressful scenarios. Symptoms can begin during childhood or the teenage years and continue into adulthood.

Examples of anxiety disorders are generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobias and anxiety disorder. You may have more than one anxiety disorder. Sometimes, anxiety is the result of a medical condition that needs treatment.

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What mushrooms have useful properties for anxiety?

Reishi

This mushroom has relaxing and soothing properties. Also known as ‘Ganoderma lucium’ , this mushroom contains a class of polypeptides that act as antecedents to calming nerves and releasing endorphin, a hormone responsible for triggering a positive feeling in the body.

These molecules therefore have a positive effect on the central nervous system, inducing general relaxation through our hormonal system.

References

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