Lion’s Mane Mushrooms are large, white mushrooms with a shaggy appearance which, as the name suggests, resembles a lion’s mane. They tend to grow on fallen hardwood trees in forests across the Northern Hemisphere. Lion’s Mane mushrooms also go by the names of ‘Hericium Erinaceus’ (meaning hedgehog), ‘Yamabushitake’ and the ‘Mountain Priest Mushroom.’
In Asian countries like China, Indian, Japan and Korea, Lion’s Mane is used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
Today, Lion’s Mane Mushroom extract is sold in powder form and used as a health supplement.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms are a rich source of carbohydrates, proteins and crude fibres. They also carry a plethora of nutrients, B and C vitamins, essential amino acids and minerals like zinc, copper and selenium. The fruiting body of Lion’s Mane contains polysaccharides and beta glucans, which give the mushroom its medicinal qualities; supporting immune health and overall wellness.
Polysaccharides- Long complex chains of carbohydrate molecules that store energy, send cellular information and support the cells and tissue.
Beta Glucans - Sugars that are found within the cell walls of fungi. These are effective in reducing cholesterol levels and strengthening the immune system.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms have been used for centuries for their anti-microbial and immunological activity. Historically, they were so highly valued that they were reserved only for royalty.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms are also a staple in traditional Chinese medicine and used as a tonic for supporting general health and longevity.
Buddhist Shaolin monks also commonly use Lion’s Mane mushroom powder as a tea to enhance their brain power and focus during meditation practices.
Studies have found that Lion’s Mane mushrooms contain 2 key compounds that may stimulate the growth of the brain cells hericenones and erinacines. Additionally, animal studies have revealed that Lion’s Mane may help protect against Alzheimer’s.
It is believed that chronic inflammation is a major contributing factor to anxiety and depression. Animal research found that Lion’s mane mushroom has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in mice. A study in menopausal women also found that eating lion’s mane daily for 1 month helped reduce feelings of anxiety and irritation.
Taking Lion’s Mane may help protect against the development of stomach ulcers by preventing overgrowth of H. pylori bacteria. Additionally, it protects the stomach lining from damage. Lion’s Mane also reduces inflammation in the intestines and may, therefore, help to treat common inflammatory bowel diseases like Colitis and Crohn's.
Research shows that Lion’s Mane mushrooms may help to speed up recovery from injuries to the brain, spinal cord and nervous system, by stimulating the growth and repair of nerve cells. When given to rats with nervous system injuries it reduced recovery time by 41%.
Oxidative stress is a contributing factor to many diseases including cancer, heart disease and auto-immune disorders. Lion’s Mane has one of the highest antioxidant contents of all medicinal mushrooms and has been found to significantly reduce markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in animal studies.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms can potentially boost the immune system by increasing the activity of the intestinal immune system. This protects the body from pathogens entering the gut through the mouth and nose.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms can be eaten raw, cooked, dried or steeped as a tea. It is described as having a sea-food-like taste.
Mountainlife Lion’s Mane Mushroom powder is great mixed with water or added to your favourite superfood smoothie. We recommend taking ½ tsp (2g) daily.
Mountainlife provides 100% natural Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder of Chinese Medicinal quality, Di Tao sourced from Heilongjiang Province, China. Our Lion’s Mane Mushroom powder is ideal for those looking to enhance their cognitive function, support a healthy immune system and improve digestive health.
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