June 08, 2022 3 min read
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Our new and improved Mendi CBD Sleep Oil Tincture formula is designed to deliver better sleep and to help you thrive naturally, everyday. Combining Oregon sourced hemp CBD with other botanicals, terpenes, and adaptogens, we’re delivering the most effective product to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling rested. One of the most exciting things about our new formula is the inclusion of the mushroom adaptogen, Reishi. Below are three powerful ways Reishi contributes to the advanced efficacy of the Sleep Oil Tincture.
Reishi is a powerful adaptogen that has been used for thousands of years to modulate the body’s response to stress by our adrenal glands, balancing levels of cortisol and adrenaline which become elevated when stressed or anxious, due to internal and external stressors.
Native to several Asian countries, this dark glossy mushroom was a cornerstone tonic herb and adaptogen in ancient Asian herbalism. Historically, the Reishi mushroom was so highly valued that it was only accessible to royalty and regularly used for its calming and relaxing effect on the central nervous system.
Today, over 80% of Americans report feeling stressed on a regular basis, contributing to health problems, poor relationships and low productivity at work, according to a new national survey released today by the American Psychological Association
Reishi’s ability to help us better manage stress is supported by a study showing it lowers fatigue and increases a sense of well-being. Another study showed lower levels of anxiousness and improved mood and emotion.
One amazing thing about Reishi is a powerful compound within Reishi, Triterpenes, which can stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system (the opposite effect of the sympathetic nervous system or the fight or flight response) helping to slow down our heart rate, lower blood pressure, relax muscles, and increase gland activity. These contributions are key to relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress felt within the body.
In addition to stress, Reishi has traditionally been used to combat common sleep issues including insomnia. Reishi encourages the nervous system and muscles to relax naturally, helping us prepare for sleep and keep a consistent and healthy sleep cycle through the night.
More than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep on a daily basis, increasing the risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and other mood imbalances.
One great thing about Reishi is that it contains compounds which are both sedative and hypnotic, helping our system not only wind down for sleep, but promoting a healthy sleep cycle throughout the night.
The high concentration of Triterpenes in Reishi also works to induce calm, relaxation, and drowsiness. Finally, Reishi also interacts with GABA, known as the “brakes of the brain”. GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric acid)is a neurotransmitter which helps lower neural activity and promotes sleep.
Reishi’s health promoting effects have earned it the nickname “supreme protector”. In fact, Reishi mushrooms are even naturally antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. It contains compounds which have shown in test-tube studies to stimulate the production of immune cells and white blood cell count, which help fight off infections, diseases and are critical to a healthy immune system. They are also a good source of antioxidants.
One study found the beta-glucans in Reishi may be an effective adjuvant therapy, helping to maximize the body’s response to things such as vaccines which also target immune function. Beta Glucans also help to manage blood sugar levels as well as maintain healthy gut bacteria and regulate cholesterol balance.
More studies are being conducted on sick and healthy individuals who consume Reishi to promote overall health and wellness as a preventative measure.
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