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Lion's Mane Mushrooms

Gisele Bündchen Loves These Mushrooms.

Gisele Bündchen is a big fan of lion’s mane mushrooms. The Brazilian supermodel recently posted on Instagram that she has been taking the mushroom “for a while” and it has helped with her focus and energy levels.

Bündchen is far from alone; lion’s mane is one of many mushrooms that are having a moment among consumers right now, hailed for its abundance of potential health benefits. The mushroom market, in general, is currently worth more than $50 billion and is expected to reach more than $126 billion by 2030. The growth, in part, is driven by growing interest in their natural health benefits. But what is lion’s mane, specifically? And can it really make a difference to your focus and energy?

What is lion’s mane mushroom?

Lion’s mane is actually a tooth fungus, known for its tooth-like dangling spines. They are large and white, and their spines grow together in a way that looks like a mane (hence the name, lion’s mane). The fungi are usually found growing on hardwood trees, like beech, maple, birch, and walnut, and are common across North America. But while it may grow in abundance across the region, Westerners have only recently caught on to lion’s mane and its potential benefits. The mushrooms have long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In fact, some reports state that it has been used by Buddhist monks across China for more than 2,000 years in order to deepen meditation.

What are the benefits of lion’s mane mushrooms?

Research suggests that many of lion’s mane medicinal benefits may lie in two special compounds: hericenones and erinacines. According to Healthline, these compounds help to stimulate the growth of brain cells, and because of that, some research suggests lion’s mane could even help to protect against dementia

Because of the way this mushroom stimulates the growth and repair of nerve cells, there is also research to suggest it may help speed up recovery from injuries to the brain, spinal cord, and other nerves. Read more:

Anand Vaid

Sempera Organics' staff writer seeks out all the latest mushroom news to keep you informed and up-to-date.