Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus), not to be confused with other species of Hericium, is an edible and medicinal mushroom in the tooth fungus group. This mushroom has been used traditionally in China and Japan for hundreds of years, once reserved only for the palates of the royal families.
1) Improves Memory, Focus, and Concentration
Lion’s mane mushroom helps stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF) production. NGF is a neuropeptide that helps maintain neurons, which are the cells responsible for helping your brain process and transmit information. One study showed that lion’s mane was effective for significantly improving cognitive function in those with mild cognitive impairment when taken for at least 4 weeks. Another study demonstrated that lion’s mane can help preserve photographic and short-term memory. Lion’s mane is most effective when taken on a continual basis.
2) Reduces Depression and Anxiety
The NGF-enhancing action of lion’s mane we mentioned above has also been shown to support the autonomic nervous system. In particular, lion’s mane mushroom has been shown to reduce feelings of irritability and anxiety, which also suggests it may work for mild symptoms of depression.
3) Increases Energy
Lion’s mane is rich in antioxidants that support overall cellular health. Since energy transport takes place between your cells, the more antioxidants you have in your diet, the easier it is for your body to produce energy. Lion’s mane has been shown to reduce lactic acid in the blood, which causes fatigue after intense physical activity. It also increase tissue glycogen content so that your body can produce energy quicker.
4) Alleviates Symptoms of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are neurodegenerative conditions. One of the reasons why lion’s mane is such a powerful brain food is because it’s proven to increase NGF, which is the exact neuropeptide needed to prevent nerve cell damage. Lion’s mane has been shown to regenerate damaged cells, which means it may be particularly beneficial for those with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.
5) Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Studies show that eating or supplementing with lion’s mane mushroom can help improve insulin sensitivity, and significantly lower high blood glucose levels in as little as 28 days . This suggests that lion’s mane is helpful for managing type 2 diabetes and other blood sugar imbalances.
6) Supports Gut Health
Lion’s mane has natural antibacterial properties that are strong enough to protect the gut against harmful bacteria, such as H.pylori. It may also be effective for protecting against other conditions by safeguarding the gut mucosal lining. Lion’s mane has also been shown to reduce inflammation in the GI tract, which can help with the digestive symptoms associated with IBS and IBD such as Crohn’s disease and colitis.
7) Supports Cardiovascular Health
The anti-inflammatory properties of lion’s mane support overall cardiovascular health, but studies have also found that it can reduce LDL cholesterol levels and elevated triglycerides, which are two risk factors for heart disease.
Lion's Mane tincture is used to stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF) in the central and peripheral nervous system, repair neurological degradation from senility, improve cognitive function and memory loss, and improve reflexes.