Ingredient Spotlight: Poria / Fu Ling
Poria is an edible mushroom that suppresses inflammation (reducing menstrual cramps) and protects nerve cells (alleviating depression and boosting mood).
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In Chinese Medicine, Poria dries damp, promotes urination, and strengthens the spleen. It also quiets the heart and calms the spirit, which promotes relaxation and mental clarity.
In Western medicine, Poria is an antibacterial and antidiarrheal antioxidant. It protects the liver and immune system, and has been shown to inhibit the growth of human cancer cells.
Fun Fact: Poria cocos is named for its sclerotium—the hardened fungal mycelium containing food reserves—which resembles a small coconut.