Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a white, fluffy mushroom used for medicinal purposes. It bears resemblance to the mane of a lion (hence the name).
Its therapeutic ingredients include beta-glucan and antioxidants. These compounds have beneficial effects and foster hypolipidemic activity, anti-microbial activity, antioxidant activity, hemagglutinating activity, and anti-tumorigenic activity.
Studies show that lion’s mane also boosts energy, brain functioning and resistance against aging.
Lion’s mane mushrooms can be cooked by themselves or diffused in a tea. It tastes like shrimp when cooked until crispy.
Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom
As a nootropic, Lion’s Mane has the ability to enhance the brain’s nerve growth factor (NGF). NGF is a type of neurotrophin that develops and maintains nerve cells. NGF can also keep the nervous system strong and healthy.
NGF helps to restore the myelin sheath and axon coating of neurons. It also enhances the process of myelination. This enhances reflexes, memory, intelligence, and learning ability. It boosts the brain’s neuro-regeneration against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases as an added benefit.
Studies show that Lion’s Mane mushroom extract, acetone, helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and inflammation-related depression.
Users have reported mood boosting effects and feelings of optimism. It is possibly a result of Lion’s Mane’s calming effect on the central nervous system.
3. Increases Energy
Lion’s Mane mushroom is rich in β-glucan polysaccharides, a glucose polymer in its cell walls. Along with this polymer, lion’s mane consists of ingredients such as hericenone, lectins, erinacine, proteins, and lipids. Hericenone improves glycogen levels in body tissues, which speeds up the production of energy.
Studies also show that lion’s mane reduces the accumulation of lactic acid in the blood, which results in reduced fatigue and improved energy, leading to better performance in athletes.
4. Supports Gut Health
Lion’s Mane mushroom inhibits the growth of the stomach ulcer bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). It protects the lining of the stomach from damage as a result of the bacterial build-up.
People struggling with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, ulcers, and digestive system issues can use Lion’s Mane to restore their digestive systems. It can also protect against inflammatory cytokines and gastrointestinal bleeding.
5. Lion’s Mane is Anti-Aging
Lion’s Mane helps reduces metabolic waste such as Lipofuscin in the body. This compound is a metabolic waste product that results from aging. When these waste products accumulate in the body, they contribute to cell atrophy. The polysaccharide content of Lion’s Mane reduces the activity of Lipofuscin in the body.
A study shows that Lion’s Mane improves the cell’s ability to reduce the aging process. It prevents wrinkles from forming and increases skin elasticity.
6. Lion’s Mane Has Promising Anti-Cancer Properties
Lion’s Mane has erinacine compounds that have anti-tumor properties. It prevents mutational alterations that sometimes leads to the development of cancer cells.
Lion’s Mane is also good for cancer not in remission. It inhibits the spread of tumor cells to unaffected body tissues. It does this by halting blood flow to cells affected by the cancer.
Lion’s Mane also enhances destruction of breast, leukemia, gastric, colon, and liver cancer cells.