The scoop on Wulinshen: From the termite nest to pure relaxation

Deep down in the dirt lies nutritious, yet obscure fungi hidden within the nest of the Odontotermesformosanus termite.This fungi present among the termites underground provides the primary source of nutrients.

But it's not just some random fungi; it packs a punch of benefits for us humans, too!

What’s is Wulinshen? Why is it beneficial to me?

You’re probably thinking, “Why on earth would I want to take something from a termite nest?!?

We can’t blame you for thinking that, but track with us.

As an abundant source of amino acids and phytonutrients, Wulinshen (botanical name Xylaria nigripes) delivers a dose of gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA.

Think of it as a cognitive boosting, anxiety busting, and soothing sedative component.

That’s because it’s produced in the brain from glutamate. This neurotransmitter supports communication between the nervous system and brain. With several benefits, they’re all related to one another to help support a healthy brain.

Wulinshen and insomnia: Relaxes & lulls you to sleep

Sleep-related literature suggests insomnia is sometimes used as a term to describe the presence of polysomnographic evidence of disturbed sleep experiences. In turn, the presence of a long sleep latency, frequent nocturnal awakenings, or lengthy periods of wakefulness during the sleep period or even frequent transient arousals is suggested as evidence of insomnia.(1) 

There's more to say about this "WuWu", as we like to call it, so sit tight. We've got a fun item planned for all our readers coming soon! 

Read the next article in our Wulinshen series. 

Reference

Sateia MJ, Doghramji K, Hauri PJ, Morin CM. Evaluation of chronic insomnia. An American Academy of Sleep Medicine review. Sleep. 2000;23:243–308. [PubMed]

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