The Magic of Lion's Mane
Resembling the locks of the King of the Jungle, lion’s mane is a mushroom that has been used for centuries in traditional systems of medicine for its cognitive benefits. Found growing in the wild throughout North America, Europe and Asia, recent studies support the traditional use of these mushrooms, as well as other benefits such as improving digestion and strengthening the immune system.
Read on to learn more about Lion’s Mane.
May relieve mild symptoms of depression & anxiety
The anti-inflammatory effects of lion’s mane have been found to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to studies. It can also help to regenerate brain cells and improve the hippocampus – the part of the brain responsible for processing memories and emotional responses.
Could improve brain function and protect against dementia
The brains ability to grow and form new connections typically declines with age, but some studies have found that hericenones and erinacines – two compounds found in lion’s mane – have the ability to stimulate the growth of brain cells.
The mushroom has shown the ability to reduce memory loss in mice, whilst also preventing the neuronal damage caused by amyloid-beta plaques, which accumulate in the brain during Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies of adults with mild cognitive impairment also found that taking a dose of 3 grams of lion’s mane daily for four months significantly improved the mental functioning.
Supports the immune system
Studies of animals have found that supplementing with lion’s mane increases the activity of the intestinal immune system, which helps to protect the body from pathogens that enter the gut through the nose and mouth. It is suggested these beneficial changes in gut bacteria may be responsible for stimulating the immune system.
How to benefit from lion’s mane
This mushroom makes an excellent meat substitute in vegan and vegetarian cooking due to its texture and protein content, or lion’s mane can be taken as a supplement such as our Lion’s Mane High Strength capsules.