Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is a potent brain-boosting, mood health enhancing, immune supportive, nerve regenerating medicinal mushroom with potent nootropic health benefits. Nootropics are known as “smart drugs” (compounds derived from natural or synthetic sources) that work to enhance brain health function and improve mental capacities. Lion’s Mane is like rocket fuel for the brain.
Traditionally used in Chinese Medicine for centuries, Lion’s Mane mushroom can help support digestion, enhance the immune system, as well as nourish the five internal organs; spleen, lungs, liver, kidneys and heart.
Lion’s Mane benefits as a potent antioxidant and anti inflammatory adaptogenic mushroom. Modern research has proven the unique ability for Lion’s Mane mushroom to calm the nervous system, elevate mood, alleviate anxiety, depression, and repair neural degeneration in the brain. Adaptogenic plants and herbs are a superior class of nutrients that have the ability to increase the body’s resilience to stress in all forms– physical, emotional and mental. They modulate the immune system and because they are non-toxic they can be consumed over the long term to improve optimal health and well being.
Nootropics like Lion’s Mane extract are popular among students, entrepreneurs and tech startup employees to give their mind and cognitive abilities an extra health boost.
Lion’s Mane extract helps to improve overall brain health, boost cognitive function, repair cognitive impairment, improve memory, concentration and focus and reduce symptoms of brain fog.
- Enhances Brainpower. Lion’s mane extract also improves all aspects of cognitive function and brain .
- Boosts Memory, Mood, Focus and Concentration
- Stimulates Nerve Growth Factor (NGF)
- Improves Cognitive Function
- Repairs Cognitive Impairment
- Alleviates Brain Fog and Mental Fatigue
- Calms the Central Nervous System (CNS)
- Reduces Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- Builds New Neural Connections
- Regenerates and Strengthens Neural Pathways
- Supports the Formation of New Ideas
- Helps Repair Nerve Damage
- Supports Digestion and Gut Health
- Balances the Good Bacteria in the Microbiome
- Enhances the Immune System
- Boosts Antioxidants
- Supports Adrenal Gland Function
- Protects the Heart, Liver and Kidneys
- Anti inflammatory health benefits
- May Help Lower Blood Pressure
As a superb brain tonic, Lion’s Mane mushroom is rare in its ability to generate neural connections through it’s ability to stimulate NGF – nerve growth factor, and cross the blood-brain-barrier and stimulate the release of BDNF – brain-derived neurotropic factor.
This means Lion’s Mane extract has the ability to repair, regenerate and strengthen the health of existing neural pathways and support new neural pathways; improving cognitive function and memory, support the formation of new ideas, elevate focus and concentration, alleviate symptoms of brain fog, supporting new neural growth and cell health, as well as supporting our entire nervous system; both the central (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral (our limbs and organs).
Lion’s Mane mushroom extract makes you smarter due to its unique ability to stimulate the production of nerve growth factor (NGF) in the brain and strengthen the connection and health of neurons.
Neurons are brain cells that connect with each other which is how the transmission of thoughts and cognitive function actions are sent.
Using Lion’s Mane extract daily helps protect and improve these neural connections, thereby, we’re able to better recall information, retain information and protect these cognitive associations.
Lion’s Mane additionally protects the myelin sheath – a fatty substance that surrounds each neuron and increases the speed of travelling nerve impulses.
Lion’s Mane extract is good for memory due to its ability to strengthen existing neural connections, preserve existing memories and by reducing brain inflammation and the build-up of amyloid plaque, it reduces the chances of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia.
Lion’s Mane extract is also helpful in neuropathy like MS, nerve damage, gastric ulcers, as well as a lot of emerging research surrounding Lion’s Mane’s role in preventing and treating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
These Lions’ Mane benefits are achieved through the unique diterpenoid compounds–Hericenones and erinacines–contained in Lion’s Mane mushroom. These alcohol-oil soluble nutrients work to stimulate the brain and increase the production of NGF (Nerve Growth Factor).
Lion’s Mane extract also supports mood health. Scientific studies have shown Lion’s Mane extract to be effective in reducing stress and alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Being a top medicinal mushroom, Lions’ mane benefits further supports immune system health due to its high polysaccharide content, long-chain sugars (carbohydrates) that greatly enhance immune system function. These immune-modulating compounds and others also provide antibacterial, anti inflammatory and antimicrobial health benefits.
Lion’s Mane benefits the digestive system by supporting the healthy gut bacteria in the microbiome. Lions’ Mane benefits are gastro-protective and work to reduce inflammation in the gut which is associated with leaky gut and other digestive issues.
For optimal heath, we recommend starting with 1/2 tsp (1-2 grams) of a concentrated extract powder of Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus). If you know or suspect you have an allergy to mushrooms, it’s best to avoid Lion’s Mane mushroom altogether. If you are taking any prescribed anticoagulant, anti-platelet and anti-diabetic drugs, please consult with your doctor before taking any Lion’s Mane mushroom extract supplement.
Daily use can provide a lifetime of health benefits including an improvement in overall brain health, cognitive function, better mood, memory and focus, enhanced immune system, healthy digestion and the ability to adapt and manage stress.
Lion’s Mane extract is generally very safe and gentle for people of all ages. It is also safe to use in high doses. Start with the recommended dose and build up to a larger dosage when your body feels ready. Lion’s Mane mushroom extract is considered very safe for most people of all ages that desire a health boost.
Christine Gozlan – Naturopath –
Dip. Herbal Medicine