The Lions Mane mushroom is your brain's best friend. Whilst originally used as a tonic for the stomach with recent extraction methods the vast neurological benefits have come to light.
- Neuroprotective – preventative against neurodegeneration
- Aids in memory recall and retention
- Stimulates Nerve Growth Factor (NGF)
- Aids in stress and anxiety management
- Soothes gastrointestinal tract and protects against ulcers, stomach ailments and discomforts
- 1-3 x 10 drops daily (maintenance is once daily, acute cases three times daily)
- Can be taken any time of day in between meals
- Morning dose for energy, concentration, mood enhancement, calming effect and focus
- Mid-afternoon/ evening to enhance REM sleep
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lions Mane is prescribed for stomach disorders, ulcers, & gastrointestinal ailments. It has also traditionally been used to fortify the spleen, nourish the gut & fight cancer. Ancient healers utilized this mushroom for treating the lower abdominal area, however the neurological benefits this mushroom is so often praised for, turns out to be a relatively new discovery.
Of particular pharmacological interest are two classes of terpenoid compounds thus far known to occur only in Hericium spp: these are hericenones (C–H) & erinacines (A–I)- a, Erinarols (A–J) have also been isolated. Hericenones & erinacines isolated from Lions Mane have demonstrated unmatched neuroprotective properties among mushrooms.
Lion’s Mane has a high potential as a preventative against neurodegeneration & has beneficial effects on brain health. The bioactive compounds diterpenoids erinacine A, B, & C were shown to stimulate the synthesis of nerve growth factor (NGF), which is involved in organizing the function of neurons in the central nervous system & brain. These are the neurons that degenerate during the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
It also improves cognitive deficits that were induced by amyloid peptide (which leads to learning & memory decline) showing that Lions Mane plays an important role in combating dementia & other diseases related to aging in the brain. They have been proven to promote development of cerebellar cells and demonstrate a regulatory effect on the process of myelin genesis & enhance the myelination process. They have been found to increase memory, understanding, communication, sharpness, concentration as well as in treating stress & anxiety.
Lions mane is also a great cancer fighter - the polysaccharides are effective against tumour cell lines like malignant hepatocytes, mammary carcinoma, lymphoma & oesophageal cancer to name a few. These β-1,3- branched β-1,6-glucan ( polysaccharides ) activate different immune cells, T lymphocytes, macrophages cytokines (IL-1ß & TNF-ß) & also turn on the production of nitric oxide which are all cytotoxic.