It may look strange but Lion’s Mane mushroom is a delicious culinary treat with some potent health benefits. Also called ‘The Mountain Priest mushroom’, in recent years it has been investigated for its beneficial effects on cognitive health.
Growing on hardwood trees in temperate forests across the northern hemisphere including North America, Europe and Asia.
In mushroom supplements, look for a combination of mycelium and fruiting body to provide a wide variety of key active nutrients.
Traditional Uses of Lion’s Mane:
The first written record of the use of lion’s mane is from the fourth century BC in China where it was brought into clinical practice as a “herbal elixir” to help with longevity and vitality.
The first mention of lion’s mane as an anti-inflammatory agent is found in the Chinese herbal text Bencao Gangmu; however, lion’s mane has been widely used since ancient times for a number of other ailments. There is also evidence that this mushroom was introduced into Japanese folk medicine long ago.
Historically Lion’s Mane mushroom was reserved for royalty, but it has been used for centuries for its anti-microbial and immunological activity. In traditional Chinese medicine, it was used as a tonic for supporting overall health and longevity. Buddhist monks were said to have used Lion’s Mane mushroom powder as a tea to enhance brain power and heighten their focus during meditation.
Lion’s Mane powder stimulates the production of nerve growth factor (NGF) making it an ideal choice for those suffering from cognitive issues, pain and neuropathy. NGF helps maintain the neurons which are brain cells responsible for helping us to process and transmit information, aiding learning and memory, so it is an ideal choice if you are studying for an exam, writing an essay or for general concentration and focus at work.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms are traditionally used to treat conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In recent years, there have been studies that suggest that Lion’s Mane can help with depression and cognition. Here are more health benefits you should know about:
Lion’s Mane stimulates the production of nerve growth factor (NGF) which helps maintain the neurons which are brain cells responsible for helping us to process and transmit information, aiding learning and memory, so it is an ideal choice if you are studying for an exam, writing an essay or for general concentration and focus at work.
Studies show benefits in functional capacity (understanding, communication, memory) and functional independence for those with mild dementia.
Lion’s Mane unique properties are due to the two families of compounds it produces: the erinacines (isolated from the mycelium) and the hericenones (isolated from the fruiting body) which have strong antibacterial activity. Lion’s Mane is also rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants and contains a high amount of polysaccharides like beta glucans which support the immune system.
Evidence suggests the erinacines and hericenones can increase myelination with possible benefits for MS. NGF also plays a role in pain sensitivity and low levels of this compound have been linked to sensory neuropathy. Early studies also suggest potential applications for nerve damage and the early stages of nerve regeneration.
Studies report reductions in anxiety and depression with this mushroom, with an increase in feelings of wellbeing.
Traditionally lions mane was used for digestive health due to its antibacterial actions, studies suggest benefits for ulcers with strong activity against H.pylori.
Lion’s Mane is an edible mushroom that contains compounds called hericenones and erinacines which are responsible for its immune-boosting properties as well as some of the cognitive benefits it provides.
Its unique properties are due to the two families of compounds it produces: the erinacines and the hericenones which have strong antibacterial activity and help stimulate the generation of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) which is a neuropeptide that helps to maintain neurons and optimal brain functioning. Lion’s Mane powder is also rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants and contains a high amount of polysaccharides like Beta Glucans which support the immune system.
Lion’s Mane Nutrition List:
70 grams of a raw mushroom contains the following nutrients:
Protein: 2.16 g (4 percent recommended daily value, or DV)
Fat: .24 g (0 percent DV)
Carbohydrates: 2.28 g (0.8 percent DV)
Fiber: 0.7 g (2.5 percent DV)
Calcium: 2.1 mg (0 percent DV)
Iron: 0.35 mg (2 percent DV)
Potassium: 223 mg (4.7 percent DV)
Magnesium: 6.3 mg (1.5 percent DV)
Phosphorus: 60.2 mg (4.8 percent DV)
How to take it?
Adults take 2 mushroom capsules, 1-3 times a day with or without food or try adding the Lion’s Mane powder into a smoothie or your cup of coffee.
Lion’s Mane is called the ‘Monkey Head Mushroom’ in Chinese and also the ‘Hedgehog Mushroom.’ We think it should also be called the Sea Urchin Mushroom due to its seafood like look and taste!