Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) – also known as Bearded tooth mushroom and Hedgehog mushroom – is an edible, medicinal fungi that belongs to the tooth fungus group. Clinical tests show the mushroom can treat diseases such as indigestion, gastric ulcer, antral sinusitis, stomach pain, bloating, and neurasthenia. For mild and severe neurasthenia, treatments with the mushroom can result in a therapeutic effect. Lion’s mane is also recognized to regenerate nerve health and in several studies to stimulate the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which is a protein that promotes the growth and normal function of nerve cells.
Healthline lists 9 promising health benefits of the mushroom:
Could Protect Against Dementia. Studies have found that hericium erinaceus mushrooms contain two special compounds that can stimulate the growth of brain cells: hericenones and erinacines. Additionally, animal studies have found the fungus may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
Helps Relieve Mild Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety. Up to one-third of people living in developed countries experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. While there are many causes of anxiety and depression, chronic inflammation could be a major contributing factor. New animal research has found that lion’s mane mushroom extract has anti-inflammatory effects.
Protects Against Ulcers in the Digestive Tract. Lion’s mane extract may protect against the development of stomach ulcers by inhibiting the growth of H. pylori and protecting the stomach lining from damage.
May Speed Recovery from Nervous System Injuries. However, research has found that lion’s mane mushroom extract may help speed recovery from these types of injuries by stimulating the growth and repair of nerve cells. It has been shown to reduce recovery time by 23–41% when given to rats with nervous system injuries.
Reduces Heart Disease Risk. Studies in rats and mice have found that lion’s mane mushroom extract improves fat metabolism and lowers triglyceride levels.One study in rats fed a high-fat diet and given daily doses of lion’s mane extract observed 27% lower triglyceride levels and 42% less weight gain after 28 days.
Helps Manage Diabetes Symptoms. Lion’s mane mushroom may be beneficial for diabetes management by improving blood sugar control and reducing some of these side effects. Lion’s mane lowers blood sugars is by blocking the activity of the enzyme alpha-glucosidase, which breaks down carbs. When this enzyme is blocked, the body is unable to digest carbs as effectively, which results in lower blood sugar.
May Help Fight Cancer. Cancer occurs when DNA becomes damaged and causes cells to divide and replicate out of control. However, when lion’s mane extract is mixed with human cancer cells in a test tube, they cause the cancer cells to die at a faster rate. This has been demonstrated with several types of cancer cells, including liver, colon, stomach, and blood cancer cells.
Reduces Inflammation and Oxidative Stress. Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are believed to be at the root of many modern illnesses, e.g. heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disorders. One study found that lion’s mane had the fourth highest antioxidant activity over 14 different mushroom species. Several animal studies have found that the extract reduced markers of inflammation and oxidative stress.
Boosts the Immune System. A strong immune system protects the body from bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing pathogens. A weak immune system puts the body at a higher risk of developing infectious diseases. Animal research shows that the mushroom can boost immunity by through the intestinal immune system, which protects the body from pathogens that enter the gut through the mouth or nose.
One teaspoon (2 grams) a day.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom 10:1 extract powder. Contains no fillers.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Not enough is known about the use of lion’s mane medicinally during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using.
Might slow blood clotting. Lion’s mane might increase the chances bleeding in people with bleeding conditions.
Might lower blood sugar. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes.
The various effects are not guaranteed and results may vary due to several factors between different people.
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