How can Medicinal Mushrooms help support your child with ADHD

Introduction to ADHD 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that affects children, typically beginning to manifest around the ages of 3-6. It is characterised by difficulty in focusing, difficulty in controlling one’s impulses, and an inclination to be easily distracted and often hyperactive.

Understanding ADHD

When it comes to parenting a child with ADHD, it’s important to understand the condition and the nuances that come with it. For instance, it’s important to recognize that attention problems are often the primary symptom of ADHD, but additionally, ADHD affects impulse control, working memory, and the ability to plan and to organize tasks.

Adding Medicinal Mushrooms to your Child’s Diet

Given the physical and mental difficulties that come with ADHD, adding medicinal mushrooms to your child’s diet can provide numerous benefits. Medicinal mushrooms are adaptogens, natural substances that help the body adapt to various levels of stress. This helps to reduce the symptoms of ADHD such as hyperactivity and impulsivity. 

Options for Medicinal Mushrooms

There are various types of medicinal mushrooms, many of which have have been used for generations in various parts of the world . Examples of medicinal mushrooms include Reishi, Cordyceps, and Turkey Tail. 

Reishi Mushroom

The Reishi mushroom has anti-inflammatory properties which helps reduce the overactivity caused by ADHD. Additionally, this mushroom is rich in antioxidants and helps to promote overall mental and physical wellbeing. 

Reishi may be helpful for people with ADHD because it is believed to have calming effects and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to reduce stress and improve mental focus. Studies have also found that the antioxidants in Reishi can help protect brain cells from damage and improve overall brain health, which may be beneficial to people with ADHD. Additionally, Reishi is thought to reduce inflammation and improve immune system functioning, which may help improve ADHD symptoms related to inflammation.

A 2011 study on mice found that taking Reishi extract decreased hyperactivity and improved cognitive functioning. However, no human studies have yet been done on the effects of Reishi on ADHD symptoms.

Cordyceps Mushroom

Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom known for its immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and neuroprotective properties. The mushroom contains several bioactive compounds, such as polysaccharides, ergosterol, and adenosine. These compounds have been studied for their potential therapeutic applications in conditions such as cancer, diabetes, cholesterol, asthma, and fatigue. In recent years, some studies have suggested that this medicinal mushroom may help to reduce symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

One recent review of the literature looked at five randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of Cordyceps supplementation for the management of ADHD. The review concluded that Cordyceps may be beneficial in improving symptoms associated with ADHD, such as impulsivity, hyperactivity, inattention, and executive function. However, the review noted that due to the limited number of studies and the methodological shortcomings of the studies reviewed, more large-scale, well-controlled clinical trials are needed to support the potential therapeutic use of Cordyceps in individuals with ADHD.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a medicinal mushroom that has been studied for its potential role in helping to improve symptoms of ADHD by targeting the gut. Numerous studies have found that improving gut health can help reduce symptoms of ADHD, including hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention.

Research suggests that Lion’s Mane may directly improve gut health by protecting and enhancing the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. Specifically, a mouse study found that Lion’s Mane increased the number of beneficial Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, while reducing potentially harmful bacteria like Escherichia coli. 

Furthermore, animal studies have shown that Lion’s Mane can help reduce inflammation in the gut which, in turn, can improve gut health. Inflammation in the gut has been linked to a wide range of neurological, metabolic and psychological conditions, including ADHD. 

Finally, Lion’s Mane can support the growth of new neurons in the brain. This neuron growth is highly beneficial for ADHD as it helps restore communication between the brain and the gut. Improved communication between the gut and the brain is believed to be critical for reducing ADHD symptoms, as it helps to boost cognitive function and emotional well-being.

Overall, Lion’s Mane appears to be a promising natural medicine for helping reduce ADHD symptoms, especially when used in concert with lifestyle interventions aimed at improving gut health..

Benefits of Adding Medicinal Mushrooms

Adding medicinal mushrooms to your child’s diet can have numerous benefits. Not only can it improve their physical wellbeing, but it can also reduce the symptoms of ADHD, such as hyperactivity and impulsivity. It can also improve concentration and focus, allowing your child to take on tasks with greater ease. Additionally, medicinal mushrooms can support the body’s natural healing process and promote optimal mental health. 


When it comes to supporting your child with ADHD, medicinal mushrooms can provide numerous benefits. Not only can they reduce the symptoms of ADHD, but they can also improve concentration and focus and promote overall mental and physical wellbeing. So try adding medicinal mushrooms to your child’s diet and experience the positive effects it can have. 


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