Many people suffer from depression without being aware of it. Here is a short checklist of the symptoms of depression:
Sadness throughout the day, nearly every day
Loss of interest in or enjoyment of your favorite activities
Excessive or inappropriate feelings of guilt or worthlessness
Thoughts of death or suicide
Change in appetite or weight
Fatigue or lack of energy
Sleeping too much or too little
Feelings of restlessness or slowness in speech, thought, or action
Along with these symptoms of depression, you may experience associated symptoms of depression, including:
Aches and pains
Dwelling on negative thoughts
Constantly turning things over in your mind
If you experience some combination of these symptoms, you might consider giving Ganoderma a try before turning to prescription meds.
How Can Ganoderma Help Depression?
Ganoderma is a known adaptogen. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center an adaptogen is a substance that will help your body cope with stress, either physical or mental. Ganoderma may relieve fatigue and work to enhance the health of your your immune system. These immune stimulating properties have been shown to help people deal with the physical stress of illness. As for mental stress and good mental health, Ganoderma may work to improve and alleviate symptoms of anxiety, insomnia and depression.
A 2005 study with results published in Journal of Medicinal Food showed that Ganoderma is effective in alleviating symptoms of neurasthenia, which is a condition characterized by nervous exhaustion. The study found that Ganoderma significantly improved the study subjects sense of well being as well as reducing fatigue.
But there’s more! A 2009 study published in the Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal found that Ganoderma helps to protect the brain against neuron degeneration by reducing inflammatory damage. Ganoderma might be an effective and safe alternative to prescription drugs with debilitating side effects if you have symptoms of depression.
If you are having trouble with depression, why not look to Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet for Ganoderma, the King of Herbs? It might help!