Lion’s Mane Medicinal Properties Are One of A Kind
Lion’s mane, or hericium erinaceus, is a highly researched medicinal mushroom. It is most reputable for its effective ability to support and protect cognitive functions. Distinctive both in its physical properties and medicinal properties, lion’s mane is unique in the way it performs in our bodies. This trending nootropic is getting the attention it deserves, and is quickly competing for the best selling tincture at Mushroom Revival. Read on to discover why people are raving about lion’s mane medicinal properties.
Lion’s Mane Medicinal Properties: Boost Your Mental Performance
Lion’s mane isn’t just useful for repair and prevention of neural ailments, but it also has the ability to augment cognitive function. This is where its nootropic qualities come in. Compounds in the mushroom known as hericenones and erinacines (named after the mushroom’s taxonomy) stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF), which is crucial for the maintenance, growth, proliferation, and survival of neurons. Compounds repair and strengthen the myelin sheath and, therefore, support proper circulation of electrical communication among channels in the brain.
Myelin is extremely important. It is an insulating layer that forms around all nerves, including those in the brain and spinal cord. Proper insulation allows for the quick and efficient transmission of electrical impulses within nerve cells. Damaged myelin results in decreased speed and efficiency, which makes our brains susceptible to the buildup of plaque. As we know, this is associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia, among other neurological disorders.
Animal studies and in vitro studies show that hericium extracts significantly quicken the repair of axons, dendrites, and myelin within nerve cells. In vitro studies are being conducted, and show promising results for neural support. And lion’s mane medicinal properties don’t stop there. The mushroom has also been shown to be beneficial to GI tract health, combating stomach ulcers, and immune function.
Paul Stamets on Lion’s Mane Medicinal Properties
Renowned mycologist Paul Stamets points out two particular mouse studies that have powerful implications for lion’s mane medicinal properties. In one study, mice were put in a maze with food hidden in one of the corridors. They quickly learned their way through the maze and were able to use their memory to return to the site. They were then injected with a plaque-forming toxin, which caused confused behavior, and their performance dwindled. Lion’s mane was then introduced to their diet. After a few weeks of daily consumption of lion’s mane, the mice’s behavior normalized and they regained their neurological function.
The second study is a bit more interesting. One hundred mice were put in an arena, and a toy was placed in the middle of the cage. The mice showed a general curiosity and interest in the object. Toys were switched out and with each new toy, the same level of curiosity was observed. A neurotoxin was then released to the mice, and they quickly became uninterested in, and unfazed with new toys. After a few weeks of being given lion’s mane, curiosity increased, and the myelin sheath was repairing.
Experience Lion’s Mane Medicinal Properties
There are undeniably positive effects of lion’s mane that each and every one of us can benefit from! Here at Mushroom Revival, our staff often takes doses of lion’s mane before mentally demanding tasks. We feel and love the effects, and hope that you can too! Experience lion’s mane medicinal properties yourself with our organically grown, full-spectrum tinctures made in house.