Lion's Mane Mushroom
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Everything You Need to Know About Lion's Mane
Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium Erinaceus / Hóu Tóu Gūhas) has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years due to its healing and medicinal properties. But its the nootropic potential which makes it a unique and sought-after mushroom in the modern world - especially for adding into coffee for calmer energy and focus.
Meet the Mushroom
Lion’s Mane takes its unique name from the white, shaggy clusters of strands which fall from the mushroom’s fruiting body as it grows - looking unsurprisingly like a Lion's mane!
Lion's Mane mushroom has been used in Chinese and Japanese medicine for thousands of years. Originally praised for its healing effect on the stomach and digestive system, we now know that Lion’s Mane’s most impressive impact is on the mind.
How Do I Use Lion's Mane Mushroom?
This mushroom is a favourite in Asian cooking due to its meaty texture and savoury umami flavour. It can also be eaten raw or dried and used as a tea – but it’s hard to get hold of fresh or dried Lion’s Mane in the UK. So, Lion's Mane is usually enjoyed as a powdered extract or in supplement form.
Is Lion's Mane Mushroom a Nootropic?
Lion's Mane is renowned for its nootropic (cognitive enhancing) impact on the brain, which distinguishes Lion's Mane from other medicinal mushrooms.
Lion's Mane and Cognitive Performance
Lion’s Mane is perhaps best known for its brain-enhancing nootropic activity. Its powerful bioactive ingredients have been shown to enhance a whole spectrum of cognitive functions such as focus, concentration, creativity and memory.
It supports brain health by promoting neuronal growth and protecting nerve fibres from damage. This synergistic effect has been shown to boost cognitive performance, helping the brain to function at its best and most efficient, as well as improving creativity and imagination.
The brain-enhancing effects of Lion’s Mane have also been shown to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment, which is often the first stage of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
Lion’s Mane can help you to banish brain fog, avoid distraction and maximise your productivity by unlocking your brain’s full potential. You can enjoy Lion’s Mane in our Shroom Coffee, Ground Mushroom Coffee & Magic Matcha blends, to stay naturally energised and alert throughout the day.
Can Lion's Mane Mushroom Help Support Brain Health?
Lion’s Mane actively promotes brain health by stimulating the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) proteins. These prevent existing neurons from damage and also stimulate the growth of new cells.
The NGF-stimulating action of Lion’s Mane can help to mitigate and even reverse damage caused by neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Research has also shown that the effect of Lion’s Mane on neuronal growth and repair could be used to help speed recovery from nervous system injuries such as a stroke.
Lion’s Mane has sparked interest in the medical community thanks to numerous studies which have demonstrated its powerful impact on brain health. In fact, preclinical studies have recommended that Lion’s Mane extract could be easily added to meals to provide symptomatic relief for patients with neurological conditions.
Lion's Mane Mushroom Supports Optimal Mental Health & Wellbeing
Lion’s Mane extract can help to alleviate the milder symptoms of anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that Lion’s Mane works in the brain to modulate neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin – the “feel good chemicals” which are released when we feel happiness.
This can help to restore the chemical imbalance which often underlies anxiety and depression. As Lion's Mane has strong anti-inflammatory properties, it can also help to tackle the root cause of mental health problems before they begin. Enjoy Lion's Mane daily to support your mental wellbeing and reduce stress.
Lion’s Mane is the ultimate brain-boosting mushroom. From protecting the brain from damage to helping us unlock our full brain performance potential, Lion’s Mane really is an amazing natural nootropic.
Lion's Mane Enhances Cognitive Performance - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3924982/
Lion's Mane Reduces the Risk of Cognitive Impairment - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3924982/
Nerve Growth Factor & Lion's Mane - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15175980/
Lion's Mane and Neuronal Growth - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26853959/
Lion's Mane and Neurological Conditions - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5987239/
Neurotransmitters and Lion's Mane - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29364170/
Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Lion's Mane - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25529054/