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.
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.
Why should you be taking it?
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 powder is also beneficial for supporting the immune system and is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial compounds which may support digestive health.
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.
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!