What is Lion’s Mane?
Lion’s Mane or otherwise known as Hericium Erinaceus Yamabushitake is a type of medicinal mushroom that is found across the world in Asia, North America and places in Europe. It is not like your average mushroom it is covered in long thin white hairs on the head of the mushroom, these features are what give its name due to looking like a long shaggy Lion’s Mane. Lion’s mane has been used to promote brain health by Buddhist monks for thousands of years and the benefits are fairly well documented.
Benefits of Lion’s Mane?
Some of the many benefits of Lion’s Mane are:
Increased brain health.
It helps improve and stimulate two compounds for the brain’s health: nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This is important to generating protein found in the brain and spinal cord. This protein promotes the survival of nerve cells playing a role in the growth, maturation, and maintenance of these cells.
Improved Cognitive Functions
Lion’s mane mushroom was used in a double blind placebo controlled clinical trial. In 2008 a study was completed in 15 older adults where it showed improvement in their brain function.