What is Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Medicinal Mushroom Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) has been used for millennia as a tonic by monks and traditional herbalists to enhance nerve growth and repair and therefore supporting clarity and focus of the mind. Due to its nootropic properties Lion’s Mane has become quite popular especially in ‘biohacking’ groups.
In my experience it sharpens the brain and cognitive function. It is a tonic and does not have the stimulating or the negative affects of black tea or caffeine. Rather it gives clarity and acuity to the brain in a gentle and steady manner that lasts for many hours.
Lion’s Mane Benefits
1. Enhances neural pathways and brain function – Besides increasing the memory and cognitive function, one way by which lion’s mane affects brain function is by enhancing “neurite outgrowth” in the brain and related organs, according to research published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. (3, 4) .This is great stuff! By increasing this growth, it could potentially be possible to slow or reverse cell degeneration in the brain which are the main symptoms of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
2. Anti-inflammatory – It reduces inflammation in fatty tissue. This is important because fatty tissue inflammation is a factor in the formation of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. (31). Lion’s mane also has antibacterial effects against h. Pylori.
3. Support Heart Health – Lion’s Mane increase the HDL (good cholesterol) and decreases the LDL (bad cholesterol). It can also prevent blood clots thus reducing the risk of getting a stroke.
4. Supports Digestive System – Due to non-inflammatory properties, Lion’s Mane can help protect from gastric ulcers and bowel disease.
5. Protection against cancer – Studies have show that it can potentially slow the progression or reverse Leukaemia, Gastric Cancer, Colon and Breast Cancer to name a few.
How to use
Lion’s Mane has a pleasant savoury taste. 1/4 to 1/2 tsp on salad or cooked food will blend in nicely with the flavours of your food. It can also be mixed in a hot chocolate or coffee. Coffee and Cacao are great vehicles for this tonic as it carries to the neural pathways where it can do its magic. Lion’s Mane helps to take away the jitters than coffee can give.
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