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Lion’s Mane, the mushroom for your mind

May 22, 2023

Medicinal mushrooms are those types of mushroom that are used as medicines. Our ancestors knew about them and used them for thousands of years.

They are, however, enjoying something of a modern-day resurgence as scientific research reveals more about the potent nutrients they contain.

We now know that medicinal mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses that offer a myriad of health benefits.

All medicinal mushrooms are rich in certain beneficial compounds, and so they all exert a general health benefit when we consume them.

For example, they are rich in beta-glucans and terpenes. These are compounds that are hugely beneficial to humans in terms of our immune response, our inflammatory response, our ability to balance blood sugar, our energy production, and our ability to cope with stress.

Supplementing with any medicinal mushrooms will provide many beneficial effects on these very important aspects of our health.

Added to this, each medicinal mushroom contains its own unique nutritional compounds that render it useful for specific conditions and ailments.

Lion’s Mane mushroom is a perfect example of this. Lion’s Mane is one of the more beautiful mushrooms in appearance.

They are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that grow on the bark of hardwood trees and resemble a lion’s mane as they grow.

The uses of Lion’s Mane are widespread. They are used to treat stomach ulcers, to help improve blood sugar management, to reduce the risk of certain aspects of cardiovascular disease and to help balance our response to inflammation.

However, two other compounds that are uniquely present in Lion’s Mane provide this mushroom with its most widespread and perhaps interesting use.

Studies have shown that Lion’s Mane mushrooms contain two special compounds, hericonones, and erinacines, that can induce Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) synthesis in nerve cells.

This means that Lion’s Mane can help nerve cells and nerve tissue to grow, and this is of particular interest when it comes to brain health. Read more:

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