Lions Mane (Hericium Erinaceus) is a medicinal mushroom used for over 1000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. It is also known as hou tou gu or yamabushitake.
If you take a look at the image above it is similar to that of the mane of a lion. Large, white in color and shaggy.
Ok so how does it work?
Lion’s Mane imay be good for brain health. This powerful mushroom may
help with focus, memory and overall cognition.
It may boost the immune system, protect the digestive tract from
ulcers, reduce inflammation and protect cells from stress.
Lions Mane may help with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
This mushroom helps with the building of a protein. This protein helps with Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) or growing of new neurons in the brain.
Science behind Lions Mane
Lions Mane contains unique groups of compounds called Hericenones and Erinacines that re-generate myelin on the axon of nerves. Discovered by Japanese researcher Dr.Kawagishi, these “special compounds are low-molecular weight compounds that easily cross the blood–brain barrier"(Ma, 2010). Lion’s mane is known as a smart mushroom preventing neurons from death and promoting neural growth through absorption within the gut and access through blood-brain barrier.
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