What Are Lion’s Mane Mushrooms? Known in Latin as Hericium erinaceus, lion’s mane mushrooms have long, dangling spines that project outward, giving it that unique look of a lion’s mane.
One study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry lists the benefits by stating lion’s mane mushroom is “antibiotic, anticarcinogenic, antidiabetic, anti-fatigue, antihypertensive, anti-hyperlipodemic, anti-senescence [anti-aging], cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective, and improves anxiety, cognitive function, and depression.”
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits
Enhances Brain Function by enhancing “neurite outgrowth” in the brain and related organs, which refers to the growth of axons and dendrites from neurons. By increasing this growth, it could potentially be possible to slow or reverse cell degeneration in the brain — the main characteristic Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Other studies found that consuming lion’s mane mushroom could actually regenerate damaged cells, protecting them from damage and delaying their cell death significantly, and an improvement of mild cognitive impairment in humans was also found in research after 8-16 weeks of lion’s mane supplementation.
May Protect Against Cancer according to a host of research that found compounds from lion’s mane mushroom has been found to potentially slow the progression or reverse the spread of various cancers.
Supports Heart and Circulatory System Health by preventing the increase of LDL cholesterol (bad), increase HDL cholesterol (good) and lower triglycerides in the bloodstream, prevent blood clots and helps reduce the risk of stroke.
Might Improve Digestive Health Due in part to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, lion’s mane mushroom might improve the function of your stomach and digestive system. In multiple studies, lion’s mane mushroom has been shown to protect from or shrink gastric ulcers. Lion’s mane may also significantly improve symptoms of gastritis and IBS.
Reduces Inflammation A 2015 study out of Japan found that lion’s mane mushroom was able to reduce inflammation in fatty tissue. This is important because fatty tissue inflammation is a factor in the formation of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Lion’s mane also has antibacterial effects against h. Pylori, often considered “the most successful pathogen in human history.”
Acts as a Powerful Antioxidant The molecules in lion’s mane mushroom have antioxidant abilities and help prevent and relieve the oxidative stress caused by poor nutrition and exposure to chemicals in the environment.One specific way these antioxidants may be useful is in the healing of wounds, help prevent osteoporosis, protect from alcohol-induced liver damage, and slow the aging of skin.
Improve Mental Health Consuming lion’s mane mushroom may also be a natural remedy for depression and anxiety.
In Chinese and Japanese medical systems, lion’s mane has traditionally been used to nourish the gut, fortify the spleen and also as an anticancer agent. In traditional medicine, it’s said to be nutritive to our five internal organs — the lung, heart, spleen, kidney and liver, and it’s used to promote good digestion, strength and general vigor. It may be recommended to patients dealing with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety, insomnia and cognitive impairment. Lion’s mane mushroom may also help improve heart health, protect from inflammatory digestive issues, reduce inflammation, relieve oxidative stress, improve mental health, boost immunity and prevent diabetes.
Aspen Clinic’s NeuroAntiox contains Lion’s Mane mushrooms that contain bioactive substances that have beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain, heart and gut.