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Lion's Mane


Lion’s Mane History


The Latin name "Hericium Erinaceus" alludes to the substances which enable this potent mushroom to work it's magic. It has been used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine throughout history.



Science


This mushroom is rich in some physiologically important components, especially β-glucan polysaccharides, which are responsible for anti-cancer, immuno-modulating, hypolipidemic, antioxidant and neuro-protective activities of this mushroom. H. erinaceus has also been reported to have anti-microbial, anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, wound healing properties among other therapeutic potentials. [1]


Amongst the active ingredients in Lion's Mane Mushroom are the cyathane derivitives hericenones & erinacines which act as nerve growth factors (NGF). A small protein that is needed for the maintenance and growth of certain neurons, NGF is crucial to the overall health of the central nervous system. Problems can arise when the production of NGF in the brain slows down - the protein is too large to cross the blood-brain barrier and this is where the Lion's Mane Mushroom comes into its own. The substances it contains actually stimulate the production of NGF and easily cross the blood-brain barrier. Hericenones stimulate the brain to produce more NGF and erinacines are small enough to cross this barrier and work with the brain to foster the production of NGF, thus stimulating the production of new neurons. 


Buddhist Shaolin monks used the Lion's Mane mushroom in meditation practices, believing it enhanced their concentration thus enabling them to better cultivate the mystical life force "Qi". These compounds may be the key to its reputation for improving memory and concentration.


Also known as "Nature's gift to your nervous system", Lion's Mane is said to give you nerves of steel and the memory of a lion. Although the science surrounding this super-mushroom is in its infancy, evidence already points to many therapeutic benefits to the peripheral and central nervous system. Some conditions that may benefit are; dementia and mild cognitive impairment, anxiety and depression, parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathy and stroke recovery. 



Benefits


Lion’s Mane Mushroom is famous for supporting immune and cognitive health. It is widely used as a nootropic and to support overall brain health. Some studies suggest that it might support nerve growth factor and may posses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.


1. Enhances Memory and the Nervous System by boosting Nerve Growth Factor


2. Cognitive Enhancer (Reduction in brain fog)


3. Increased focus and concentration


4. Immune-modulation


5. Aid to digestive organs like the stomach, liver, intestine and colon


6. Anxiety, depressive, and stress disorder management


7. Overall mood and creativity booster


8. Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory and Anti-microbial

9. Heart-protective

10. Muscle Recovery

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