What is the best Lion’s Mane Tincture?
Lion’s Mane, as you may have read, is one of the best mushrooms for brain health.* But before you buy a Lion’s Mane tincture or take a single drop, it’s important to know what to look for. Read on for a primer on Hericium erinaceus as well as a checklist to help you choose a quality product.
This fluffy white mushroom has a variety of uses:
- Promotes optimal nervous and immune system health*
- Supports cognitive function*
- Promotes mental clarity, focus and memory*
- Provides cerebral and nervous system support*
What to Look for When Buying a Lion’s Mane Tincture
Be informed! Do your homework before buying a Lion’s Mane tincture. Thankfully, reputable companies usually do most of the work for you. Look for brands (ahem, like this one) that are excited to share information about the quality and purity of their products.
Here’s a list to reference any time you want to buy a Lion’s Mane tincture:
Is this Lion’s Mane tincture Certified Organic?
Mushrooms, like the vegetables you buy at the store or the milk in your fridge, can be Certified Organic. Not all Lion’s Mane tinctures are Certified Organic, but ours are (by Baystate Organic Certifiers).
To maintain this certification, everything we use must also be organic, from our substrates (the material on which mushrooms are grown) to our cleaning supplies. Every product we sell and every ingredient we use gets assigned a batch number and can be traced.
What parts of the mushroom are in your Lion’s Mane tincture?
Fruiting bodies are the above-ground parts of a mushroom. These are the parts you might recognize at the supermarket and the parts you usually forage, cook and extract. When it comes to Lion’s Mane, the fruiting body is the fluffy white part.
Mycelium is a part of the mushroom that we usually don’t see, because it’s hidden underground. While important to the mushroom, mycelium is not traditionally used to support your health.*
However, it’s cheaper and easier to grow mycelium on grain than it is fruiting bodies, so many products use Lion’s Mane mycelium.
How do you extract your Lion’s Mane?
Mushrooms contain a wide variety of active components, and they need to be extracted for your body to access them. We always double extract our Lion’s Mane. The active compounds in mushrooms are both alcohol-soluble (triterpenes) and water-soluble (beta-glucans). To get full-spectrum support from mushrooms, we extract ours with 190-proof alcohol and hot water, then carefully combine the two.
We follow the science and extract our Lion’s Mane (and all mushrooms we use) at the optimal alcohol percentages, temperatures and durations.
Has this Lion’s Mane tincture been tested?
Before you buy, check to make sure your Lion’s Mane tincture has been tested to be pure and potent.
Every batch of Lion’s Mane we use goes through lab testing. We test for heavy metals and biological contamination, to ensure the purity of our products. We also check the concentration of active compounds.
Lion’s Mane Tincture Checklist
Next time, use this handy checklist. Is this Lion’s Mane tincture:
- Certified Organic?
- Made with fruiting bodies only?
- Tested for purity and potency?