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MENOPAUSE AND FUNCTIONAL MUSHROOMS - A NATURAL SOLUTION

Unlocking the Potential of Functional Mushrooms: A Natural Solution for Menopause Challenges.🍄🍄🍄 

by Jordan Pearson BSc Biomed/Pharm & Pure Joy Mushrooms Founder & Owner 

The onset of menopause can cause various symptoms that can negatively impact a woman's quality of life. Studies suggest that functional mushrooms may aid in alleviating symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. Mycochemicals found in Reishi, Lion's Mane, and Cordyceps can potentially combat fatigue, mood swings, and memory issues in women. Midlife for women should be a time of being active, confident, and strong. However, menopause symptoms like mood swings, brain fog, fatigue, and sleep disturbances can impede their progress. [1][2].

 

1. Easing Menopausal Hurdles with Functional Mushrooms

Relieving these burdens could be as easy as making slight adjustments to your diet. One effective solution is incorporating functional mushrooms into your daily regimen. These fungi contain advantageous "mycochemicals," natural chemical compounds in mushrooms that benefit your health.[3].

 

2. Fungi and Brain Function

Dealing with mental health changes is one of the more frustrating aspects of ageing. Women often report memory issues and mood changes during and after menopause, known as "brain fog." [4]. Scientists are uncertain of the causes but hypothesise a connection to lower hormone levels such as estrogen. [4][5][6].

 

Did you know that Lion's Mane mushrooms contain mycochemical phytoestrogen? This compound has similar effects to estrogen.[7]. According to some studies, consuming Lion's Mane may help perimenopausal women maintain normal moods due to phytoestrogens binding to estrogen receptors in the brain.[6].

 

Lion's Mane contains erinacine A and hericenones C, which researchers believe may promote nerve cell growth. [9]. In recent studies involving animals, extracted compounds were found to aid older mice in regaining their memory skills.[8][10].

 

3. More Rest with Reishi

Many women experience difficulty sleeping during menopause.[1] Lack of quality sleep can cause health problems such as weight gain, poor blood sugar regulation, cardiovascular issues, and mood changes. [11].

 

Studies on animals have indicated that the mycochemicals found in Reishi mushrooms can improve sleep quality. [12][13][14]. According to a study, after consuming Reishi for only three days, the mice significantly increased their total sleep time. [14].

 

A recent study has shown that animals given Reishi may experience increased sleep time due to positive changes in their gut microbiome. Researchers gave mice Reishi extract and observed an increase in certain helpful bacteria in the gut. These bacteria produced new chemicals that promoted longer sleep times.[13].

 

Mushrooms are adaptogens that help regulate stress responses, potentially improving sleep quality. However, it still needs to be fully understood what triggers stress relief.[15]. In a study conducted in India, researchers found that the stress-reducing properties of Reishi mushrooms may be attributed to their flavonoids and phenols.[16].

 

4. More Steps with Cordyceps

As we age, exercise remains essential for weight maintenance, bone strength, and retaining muscle mass.[17]. Staying fit is still important, but you might find it more challenging due to lower energy levels. Luckily, Cordyceps, a type of mushroom, can provide the needed energy for cells to perform all activities, including exercise. This mushroom contains mycochemicals that assist in creating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the body.[18]. The ability to produce more ATP results in increased energy for physical activity. [19].

 

Studies indicate that Cordyceps has the potential to enhance physical performance during exercise.[18]. According to a study, supplementing with Cordyceps extract for just one week improved high-intensity exercise performance.[20].

 

5. The Bottom Line

Many women experience disruptive symptoms during menopause, but dietary changes such as incorporating functional mushrooms may offer relief. Research suggests that Lion's Mane, Cordyceps, and Reishi mushrooms can improve sleep, mood, memory, and energy levels. By adding these mushrooms to your diet, you can experience menopause as the natural transition it is meant to be. Although these mushrooms can be difficult to find at local grocery stores, you can easily purchase Pure Joy Mushroom powder blend extracts on our website at https://purejoymushrooms.com

 

THE PURE JOY MUSHROOM POWDER COLLECTION 

  1. Pure Joy Morning Blend - Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, Chaga
  2. Pure Joy Evening Blend - Reishi, Turkey Tail, Shiitake
  3. Pure Joy Mind & Mood Blend - Reishi, Lion's Mane
  4. Pure Joy Skin & Hair Blend - Tremella, Shiitake and Reishi

 

Mushrooms rich in Reishi, Cordyceps, or Lion's Mane could be a transformative step that has the potential to positively impact your menopausal symptoms. This change isn't just about alleviating physical discomfort; it's about reshaping your mind, body, and life. It's about embarking on a journey towards a life filled with pure joy and renewed vitality.

 

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[18] Das, G., Shin, H.-S., Leyva-Gómez, G., Prado-Audelo, M. L. D., Cortes, H., Singh, Y. D., Panda, M. K., Mishra, A. P., Nigam, M., Saklani, S., Chaturi, P. K., Martorell, M., Cruz-Martins, N., Sharma, V., Garg, N., Sharma, R., & Patra, J. K. (2020). Cordyceps spp.: A Review on Its Immune-Stimulatory and Other Biological Potentials. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 11, 602364.

[19] Dunn, J., & Grider, M. H. (2022). Physiology, Adenosine Triphosphate. In StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing.

[20] Yan, X.-F., Zhang, Z.-M., Yao, H.-Y., Guan, Y., Zhu, J.-P., Zhang, L.-H., Jia, Y.-L., & Wang, R.-W. (2013). Cardiovascular protection and antioxidant activity of the extracts from the mycelia of Cordyceps sinensis act partially via adenosine receptors. Phytotherapy Research: PTR, 27(11), 1597–1604.

[18] Das, G., Shin, H.-S., Leyva-Gómez, G., Prado-Audelo, M. L. D., Cortes, H., Singh, Y. D., Panda, M. K., Mishra, A. P., Nigam, M., Saklani, S., Chaturi, P. K., Martorell, M., Cruz-Martins, N., Sharma, V., Garg, N., Sharma, R., & Patra, J. K. (2020). Cordyceps spp.: A Review on Its Immune-Stimulatory and Other Biological Potentials. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 11, 602364.

[19] Dunn, J., & Grider, M. H. (2022). Physiology, Adenosine Triphosphate. In StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing.

[20] Yan, X.-F., Zhang, Z.-M., Yao, H.-Y., Guan, Y., Zhu, J.-P., Zhang, L.-H., Jia, Y.-L., & Wang, R.-W. (2013). Cardiovascular protection and antioxidant activity of the extracts from the mycelia of Cordyceps sinensis act partially via adenosine receptors. Phytotherapy Research: PTR, 27(11), 1597–1604.