Why Lion’s Mane is One of the Best Mushrooms for Brain Health*
Lion’s Mane mushroom is one of our favorite mushrooms, hands-down. But it’s also one of the best mushrooms for brain health!* We’ll explain why soon enough, but first, get to know this fluffy, furry snowball of a mushroom.
You know how sometimes when things are cute, it’s hard to take them seriously? That’s sometimes the case with Lion’s Mane mushroom. If you see Hericium erinaceus before you learn about it, you might think it’s just a neat-looking edible mushroom. And that is true.
But there’s so much more to this mushroom! It’s among the 10 best mushrooms for brain health and overall health!* We sell it as a single-mushroom extract (that’s dual-extracted with both alcohol and water). We also include Lion’s Mane our Mush 10 Powder and Tincture for Immunity and Health.*
- Brain Mushroom
- Hedgehog Mushroom
- hou tou gu (in Chinese)
- Monkey Head Mushroom
- Pom Pom Mushroom
- yamabushitake (in Japanese)
The traditional and modern uses of Lion’s Mane include:
- Promotes mental clarity*
- Supports healthy focus and memory*
- Provides cerebral support*
- Offers nervous system support*
- Promotes optimal nervous health*
- Supports immune system health*
- Supports cognitive function*
Did you know? We make a Certified Organic Lion’s Mane mushroom tincture! It’s made with pure Hericium erinaceus fruiting bodies — no mycelium on grain, no fillers, and no fluff. We use only the good stuff! It’s double extracted with hot water and 190-proof alcohol.
Why Lion’s Mane is Among the Best Mushrooms for Brain Health*
Lion’s Mane mushroom is in a category of herbs (including plants and mushrooms) known as nootropics. Nootropics have traditionally been used to support neural and cognitive function.* Other nootropics include Bacopa, Rhodiola and Ginseng.
Like all mushrooms, Lion’s Mane contains various active compounds, including polyphenols, beta-glucans and triterpenoids. What makes Lion’s Mane one of the best mushrooms for brain health is the hericenones and erinacines.* These substances have been found to promote nerve growth factor synthesis in nerve cells.* Nerve growth factor is responsible for regulating growth, maintenance, proliferation and survival of neural cells.* It also promotes long-term health of your entire body.*
Brandalise F, Cesaroni V, Gregori A, et al. Dietary Supplementation of Hericium erinaceus Increases Mossy Fiber-CA3 Hippocampal Neurotransmission and Recognition Memory in Wild-Type Mice. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:3864340. doi:10.1155/2017/3864340
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