AKA Hericium erinaceus, hedgehog mushroom, Satyr’s beard
When your brain is firing on all cylinders, you can focus with intensity, remember with ease, and spark new ideas. And if there’s one mushroom that can help you do all that (and more), it’s Lion’s Mane.
Supports nervous system function
Lion’s Mane is not your traditional “cap and stem” mushroom. Instead, it can be found growing naturally on hardwood logs all over the world where it blooms into beautiful snowball-like formations. Traditionally, this mushroom was used for stomach ailments and digestive issues, while also being used as an immune system modulator. Today, Lion’s Mane is most famous for it’s incredible brain-boosting benefits.
A MUSHROOM FOR YOUR BRAIN
The secret power of Lion’s Mane comes from hericenones and erinacines, two compounds that stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor, which plays an essential role in the protection and maintenance of nerve cells, including brain cells.
The evidence for Lion's Mane
Lion’s Mane has been shown to improve brain function in double blind, placebo controlled studies. In one study, subjects with mild cognitive impairment were given four 250 mg tablets of Lion’s Mane 3 times per day, and subsequently showed significant improvement in cognitive function. 
In a 2019 study, participants were given cookies containing Lion’s Mane mushroom for a period of 12 weeks. The results showed improvement in cognitive function and prevention of short-term memory deterioration. 
Lion’s Mane contains active compounds that stimulate production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). 
Nerve Growth Factor is involved in the growth, maintenance, and survival of neurons. It also plays a critical role in supporting the immune system, and accelerating wound healing.
Lion’s Mane has also been used for reducing stress and improving mood.
One study showed Lion’s Mane has the possibility to reduce depression and anxiety. 
Lion’s Mane mushroom contains bio-active compounds including beta-glucan polysaccharides, hericenones, erinacines, sterols, and other nutrients. Some are water-soluble and some are fat-soluble.
Beta-glucans are water-soluble compounds that can help support the immune system.
Hericenones and erinacines are the compounds identified as being active in promoting Nerve Growth Factor. (Fun fact: the Latin name for Lion’s Mane is Hericium erinaceus).
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