Neurogenesis is the formation of new neurons in the brain and nervous system. This may contribute to enhanced cognition including better memory, mood, and focus. Hericenones and erinacines, stimulate Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) production in the brain by passing the blood-brain barrier1.
Decreasing brain inflammation allows proper circulation and minimizes build up of waste products in the brain. This relieves brain fog and improves mood, motor function and focus2.
Lion's Mane mushrooms can potentially mitigate stress and lack of motivation due to their anti-inflammatory and neurotrophic properties. They lower inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain, factors contributing to mood disorders3.
Neuroplasticity is the connection between neurons. This may cause an improvement in creativity, problem solving, recall and also promote a better mood though decision making4.
Rich in antioxidants, Lion's Mane mushrooms defend cells from free radical damage, reducing inflammation and promoting general health5.
GUT HEALTH SUPPORT
Lion's Mane mushrooms foster digestive wellness by encouraging beneficial gut bacteria growth and providing protection against harmful bacteria. They also contain polysaccharides that improve gut barrier functionality and decrease inflammation6
Lion's Mane Benefits
Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) provides a number of health benefits not found anywhere else. Ranging from supporting the brain and nervous system, to guy health and full body immunity, Lion's Mane is a mushroom that has earned its spot in being the active shroom in mushroom teas and mushroom coffees found online. Lion's Mane may go by other names, in Chinese it is "Hou Tou Gu", which means "Monkey Head Mushroom". In Japanese it is called "Yamabushidake" this translates to "Mountain Priest Mushroom." Wild Mushroom hunters in the west refer to Lion's Mane as Pom Pom Mushroom, Bearded Tooth Mushroom, Bear's Head or Hedgehog mushroom.
History and Neurogenesis Effects
Traditional Chinese medicine has been using Lion's Mane for centuries soups for its numerous benefits, including supporting digestion and the nerves. A major breakthrough occurred in 2008 when Koichiro Mori and his team published their findings of Lion's Mane stimulating Nerve Growth Factor. These findings produced remarkable results: both compounds successfully triggered the growth of new brain cells, or neurogenesis. Promising research findings caused the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation to give Lion's Mane some attention, igniting interest and incorporation in the western world, leading to where we are today.
Health Benefits of Lion's Mane Mushroom
1. Improves Cognitive Function: Recent research suggests that incorporating Lions' Mane mushrooms into your diet may result in improved memory retention. Learning aptitude and concentration levels due to their positive effect on cognitive functioning. This mushrooms capability to promote neurogenesis is another factor which further contributes towards brain health and enhances cognition overall(2).
2. Supports Nerve Growth and Repair: The benefits of Lion's Mane are noteworthy as it supports the growth of nerve cells. This is particularly useful for individuals suffering from peripheral neuropathy and nerve damage who may prefer to use natural remedies for regeneration and repair(3).
3. Boosts Immune System: Lion's Mane mushrooms have been found to contain substantial amounts of potent antioxidants as well as polysaccharides that train the immune system. These properties offer support in fortifying ones immune system whilst also suppressing inflammation and oxidative stress. Recognized contributors for chronic conditions(4).
4. Reduces Anxiety and Depression: Potential anti anxiety and antidepressant effects of Lion's Mane exist. There exists research demonstrating that supplementing with this extract for just four weeks can lead to decreased symptoms aligned with both anxiety and depression(5).
5. Supports Digestive Health: In ancient healing practices, Lion's Mane remains as a go-to remedy for combating various digestive disturbances like ulcers and gastritis. Contemporary investigations have established that this fungus may provide crucial support for safeguarding a person's gastrointestinal tract and cultivating favorable gut bacteria(6).
The recommended dose of Lion's Mane can vary depending on the form consumed and individual needs. The standard suggestion is 500-3,000 mg of Lion's Mane powder daily or equivalent, divided into two or three doses per day (7). Our Ultrasound Lion's Mane Extract contains 1887mg per 1ml serving.
Incorporating Lion's Mane into Your Daily Routine
Lion's Mane can be consumed in various forms, including Fresh Lion's Mane, powders, and liquid extracts. If you are looking to experience the full health benefits of Lion's Mane, our ultrasound extract is an excellent option. Ultrasound extraction ensures that the beneficial compounds in Lion's Mane are preserved, providing you with the highest quality supplement.
If you're interested in enjoying Lion's Mane as a culinary experience, you can purchase our farm grown Fresh Lion's Mane Mushrooms and incorporate them into your favorite recipes. Lion's Mane has a delicate, savory flavor and can be prepared in endless ways, such as sautéed, roasted, or added to soups and stews and even be your new favorite vegan based meat replacement option!
A Glimpse Into Traditional Chinese Medicine
Throughout centuries of use Lion's Mane mushroom has become renowned for its ability to promote general health by assisting with various ailments.
Unfortunately, chronic illness is not new, still being practiced in ancient China Lion's Mane was put in high esteem because of its capacity to improve digestive functions, enriching both liver & stomach functionality. Providing insurance against potential damage this may prevent and heal issues such as gastritis ulcers & inflammation from said conditions. Apart from promoting better digestion faculties, the miracles that Lion's mane could potentially bring forth are quite numerous when looking at traditional origin practices.TCM believes that using this mushroom daily may boost your immunity tremendously. An individual's brain function could be ultimately enhanced, a definite plus considering cognitive decline can be associated with ageing. Those looking to bolster mental prowess may resort to trying Lions Mane out. To add some good news regarding the ageing process, this mushroom has been known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which could go a long way when it comes down to age related degeneration and neurological diseases. As we move forward into the modern day—research is continuously being conducted supporting the claims made by TCM practitioners in regards to Lion's Mane.
Through scientific meta analysis of academic studies, Lion's Mane Mushroom has been proven to enhance "neurotrophic properties" and provide neurological protection in its users. Preventative measures & treatments for typically overwhelming neurodegenerative diseases are currently being researched  Reports have shown that Lion's Mane can even combat cancerous developments, giving further evidence of its traditional use as a natural cancer treatment. 
While Lion's Mane is traditionally consumed as a whole food in TMC, modern extraction methods have made it more accessible and convenient. Today, Lion's Mane supplements and extracts are widely available, allowing people worldwide to experience the mushroom's remarkable health benefits.
A Comparison of Consumption Methods
1. Fresh Lion's Mane
Eating meals prepared with fresh Lion's Mane allows you to enjoy its natural flavor and texture. For some, it can be challenging to find fresh mushrooms, and the nutrients may not be as concentrated as in extracts. Additionally, fresh Lion's Mane has a shorter shelf life than most produce, making it less convenient for regular consumption.
2. Lion's Mane Powder Extracts
Lion's Mane powder extracts offer a convenient way to consume this mushroom regularly. The powdered form is easy to toss into smoothies, coffee, or other beverages. However, the drying process might destroy beneficial compounds found in Lion's Mane, resulting in a less potent product compared to other extraction methods.
3. Lion's Mane Dual Extracts
Dual extracts combine both water and alcohol extraction methods to capture a broader range of beneficial compounds from Lion's Mane. This method results in a more potent product than powder extracts, but it can still miss some of the mushroom's essential components or harm them with the alcohol content.
4. Ultrasound Extracts
Our Patent Pending ultrasound extract is the most favorable method for consuming Lion's Mane. This innovative extraction process uses ultrasonic waves to break down the mushroom's cell walls, releasing all its beneficial compounds, without harming the target compounds. The result is a highly concentrated, bioavailable product that harnesses the full potential of Lion's Mane.
5. Dried Lion's Mane
Dried Lion's Mane can be reconstituted with broth and used as fresh or used to make brain broth! This is a great way to get everything lion's mane has to offer by pairing Dried Lion's Mane or Powdered Lions Mane with Lion's Mane Triple Extract.
Lion's Mane mushroom contains:
- Erinacines: These are potent neuroprotective compounds that promote nerve growth factor synthesis and support brain health
- Hericenones: These compounds have neuroregenerative properties and assist in cognitive function improvement
- Beta-glucans: These polysaccharides offer immune system support, providing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
- Polysaccharide-peptides: These bioactive compounds contribute to the immunomodulatory and gut microbiota enhancement properties of Lion's Mane
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