Lion’s mane mushroom a.k.a Hericium erinaceus is a unique mushroom that grows across North America, Europe, and Asia. This medicinal mushroom supports overall cognitive function, mood, cardiovascular health, immune system, and metabolic health.
Can Lion’s mane improve your brain’s neural connections?
- Improved neurogenesis: Lion’s mane increases levels of NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) which is an important factor for the growth and maintenance of neurons or neurogenesis.
How does Lion’s mane affect metabolism?
- Faster metabolism: Lion's Mane appears to be a PPARα agonist, which contributes to improved metabolism.
- Anti-depressant effects: Anxiety and Depressive symptoms showed a significant reduction in humans over the course of 4 weeks. There was a significant difference in measurements of concentration and irritability.
Our first smart mushroom
- Memory enhancement: Behavioral studies have revealed that Lion’s mane mushroom increases exploratory behavior and enhances recognition memory in mice.
- Dementia treatment: A human study using 3g of 98% lion's mane powder showed significant improvements in dementia in people suffering from general cognitive decline.
- Improved cognitive function: The control group that consumed lion’s mane mushroom showed increased cognitive function compared to the placebo group as measured by the Revised Hasegawa Dementia Scale (HDS-R).
- Anti-carcinogenic and anti-bacterial properties: Several studies have demonstrated the anti-carcinogenic and anti-bacterial properties of Hericium erinaceus (lion’s mane) mushroom.
"Mushrooms have many helpful nutrients, including beta glucans for immune enhancement, ergothioneines for antioxidative potentiation, nerve growth stimulators for helping brain function, and antimicrobial compounds for limiting viruses." -Paul Stamets
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- Brandalise, Federico, et al. “Dietary supplementation of Hericium erinaceus increases mossy fiber-CA3 hippocampal neurotransmission and recognition memory in wild-type mice.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine2017 (2017).
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