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Lion’s Mane Capsules/Powder

Thank you for purchasing Mushrooms4Life’s Organic Lion’s Mane. We hope you’re enjoying using your product, but if you’re looking for a little more guidance, you’ve come to the right place! 

We’ve created this resource page to introduce you to the many facets of this versatile mushroom as well as answer any burning mushroom-related questions you might have! So without further ado, let’s take a deep dive into the wonderful world of lion’s mane mycology.

Things You Should Know

Meet the mushroom

Lion’s mane mushroom, or Hericium erinaceus, is sometimes called the ‘hedgehog mushroom’ in English due to its distinctive spiny or ‘shaggy’ appearance. Lion’s mane tends to grow on decaying hardwood trees in forest throughout the United States and Canada.

In many Asian countries such as China, Korea, India and Japan, lion’s mane is a popular ingredient in both cooking and traditional herbal medicines. In the West, lion’s mane is considered a ‘nootropic’ for its ability to stimulate the production of nerve growth factor (NGF), which influences the growth and communication of various cell types in the nervous system. Lion’s mane is rich in micronutrients including vitamins B and C, minerals such as zinc, copper and selenium, and essential amino acids.

Traditional uses

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) lion’s mane is used to soothe the delicate mucous membranes of the digestive lining when ‘heat in the stomach’ leads to gastritis, heartburn, reflux, and other digestive problems. It is also prescribed for ‘liver stagnation’ conditions, such as irritability, depression, stress-related disorders, and PMT. Lion’s mane calms the ‘Shen’ spirit, soothes the mind, and helps to regulate energy (also known as ‘Qi’). In TCM, lion’s mane is often paired with reishi and shiitake for gastrointestinal complaints. 

Did you know?

Because it is so revered for its cognitive benefits and said to have been prized by Buddhist monks, it is also referred to as the ‘Mountain Priest’ mushroom.

Research

This ‘nature’s nutrient for the neurons’ contains two bioactive compounds, the aromatic hericenones (isolated from the fruiting body) and another plant terpenoid, erinacine (isolated from the mycelium). These compounds are small enough to pass through the blood-brain barrier and stimulate NGF. This is a crucial factor that makes lion’s mane a potentially exciting subject for medical research into degenerative neurological conditions such as dementia.

A recent review from 2018 concluded that of even greater interest than whole H. erinaceus extract, is H. erinaceus mycelium enriched with erinacines, which has shown a promising therapeutic role in preclinical studies of degenerative neurological conditions and even depression.

The fruiting body of the mushroom contains important polysaccharides such as beta glucans which have been studied for their immunological activity.

How to use it

Adults take 1-2 servings 1-3 times a day with or without food.

If you have purchased the powder, serving size is 1-2 servings (1/2 to 1 tsp.) 1-3 times a day.

Add the powder to smoothies, soups, and other recipes . As the mushroom is heat stable without losing potency, you can also try baking with it.

Take early in the day or add to tea or coffee during the afternoon dip for a cognitive boost when energy is flagging.

Recipes

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