This article is based on Mayo Clinic’s content.

What is depression?

Depression is an emotional disorder that causes a feeling of constant sadness and a loss of interest in day to day life. Also called “major depressive disorder” or “clinical depression,” it affects feelings, thoughts and behaviour, and can cause a variety of physical and emotional problems. It can cause difficulties carrying out daily life and may give rise to feelings that life is not worth living.

More than just a passing sadness, depression is something that can be hard to recover from quickly, it may require long-term treatment. Many people with depression respond well to medication, psychotherapy and often both.

 

Which mushrooms have useful properties for depression?

Cordyceps

A mushroom that helps counteracts both mental and physical fatigue.

Depression comes with mental exhaustion and this mushroom extract stimulates energy production becoming an ideal aid in both mental and physical exhaustion.

Reishi

A mushroom that has shown to have calming properties.

Reishi contains a class of proteins that act as precursors of neurotransmitters and endorphins helping to reduce anxiety. This mushroom extract is able to support brain chemicals in functioning optimally.

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