Mood Boosting Mushroom
As well as having a neuroprotective effect the medicinal qualities of the Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea) can be highly beneficial for steadying your nerves, calming your mind and improving your mood.
Of particular note in the area of mood elevation are the non-psychoactive indoles found within the mycelium of Honey mushrooms.
The idoles found in significant quantities within Honey mushroom mycelium are:
Tryptamine is a Serotonin agonist meaning it stimulates the release of the feel-good neurotransmitter Serotonin.
Tryptophan is converted into 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) which in turn makes Serotonin, melatonin, and Niacin (vitamin B3).
Low levels of serotonin, melatonin, or vitamin B3 are all thought to be closely related to low mood and poor-quality sleep.
Also of notable interest for their high 5-HTP content are the fruiting bodies of Shiitake (Lentinula edodes), containing around 24.83 mg/100 g dry weight, and the Oyster mushroom which contains around 8.32 mg/100 g dry weight (Pleurotus ostreatus).
Although the Honey mushroom should not be thought of as an anti-depressant it is however certainly worth considering as a supplement if you need an extra skip in your step and/or peaceful night’s sleep.