mushrooms contain bioactive substances that have
beneficial effects on the body, especially the
brain, heart and gut.
The natural fungus is a powerful medicinal
mushroom. The Chinese have used it for centuries
as a traditional medicine.
in China, North America, Japan and some parts of
Europe, Lion’s Mane is gaining popularity around
the globe as a means to enhance cognitive
functioning and neuron growth and repair.
ability to grow and form new connections
typically declines with age, which may explain
why mental functioning gets worse in many older
found that lion’s mane mushrooms contain two
special compounds that can stimulate the growth
of brain cells: hericenones and erinacines.
animal studies have found that lion’s mane may
help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, a
degenerative brain disease that causes
progressive memory loss.
In fact, lion’s
mane mushroom and its extracts have been shown
to reduce symptoms of memory loss in mice, as
well as prevent neuronal damage caused by
amyloid-beta plaques, which accumulate in the
brain during Alzheimer’s disease (
While no studies
have analyzed whether lion’s mane mushroom is
beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease in humans, it
appears to boost mental functioning.
A study in older
adults with mild cognitive impairment found that
consuming 3 grams of powdered lion’s mane
mushroom daily for four months significantly
improved mental functioning, but these benefits
disappeared when supplementation stopped .
The ability of
lion’s mane mushroom to promote nerve growth and
protect the brain from Alzheimer’s-related
damage may explain some of its beneficial
effects on brain health.
2. 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
research has found that lion’s mane mushroom
extract has anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce
symptoms of anxiety and
depression in mice .
studies have found that lion’s mane extract can
also help regenerate brain cells and improve the
functioning of the hippocampus, a region of the
brain responsible for processing memories and
emotional responses .
Researchers believe that improved functioning of
the hippocampus may explain the reductions in
anxious and depressive behaviours in mice given
animal studies are promising, there is very
little research in humans.
One small study
in menopausal women found that eating cookies
containing lion’s mane mushrooms daily for one
month helped reduce self-reported feelings of
irritation and anxiety.
3. May Speed
Recovery from Nervous System Injuries
system consists of the brain, spinal cord and
other nerves that travel throughout the body.
These components work together to send and
transmit signals that control almost every
Injuries to the
brain or spinal cord can be devastating. They
often cause paralysis or loss of mental
functions and can take a long time to heal.
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 .
In fact, lion’s
mane mushroom extract has been shown to reduce
recovery time by 23–41% when given to rats with
nervous system injuries .
extract may also help reduce the severity of
brain damage after a stroke.
In one study,
high doses of lion’s mane mushroom extract given
to rats immediately after a stroke helped
decrease inflammation and reduce the size of
stroke-related brain injury by 44%.
capable of forming anywhere along the digestive
tract, including the stomach, small intestine
and large intestine.
Stomach ulcers are
often caused by two major factors:
a bacteria called H.
pylori and damage to the
mucous layer of the stomach that’s often due to
long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
extract may protect against the development of
stomach ulcers by inhibiting the growth of H.
pylori and protecting the
stomach lining from damage .
have found that lion’s mane extract can prevent
the growth of H.
pylori in a test tube, but no
studies have tested whether they have the same
effects inside the stomach .
animal study found that lion’s mane extract was
more effective at preventing alcohol-induced
stomach ulcers than traditional acid-lowering
drugs — and without any negative side effects .
Lion’s mane extract can also reduce inflammation
and prevent tissue damage in other areas of the
intestines. In fact, they may help treat
inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative
colitis and Crohn’s disease.
factors for heart disease include obesity, high
triglycerides, large amounts of oxidized
cholesterol and an increased tendency to get
that lion’s mane extract can influence some of
these factors and reduce the risk of heart
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 .
and high triglycerides are both considered risk
factors for heart disease, this is one way that
lion’s mane mushrooms contribute to heart
studies have also found that lion’s mane extract
can help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in
the bloodstream .
cholesterol molecules tend to attach to the
walls of arteries, causing them to harden and
increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Therefore, reducing oxidation is beneficial for
lion’s mane mushrooms contain a compound called
hericenone B, which can decrease the rate of
blood clotting and lower the risk of heart
attack or stroke .
Diabetes is a
disease that occurs when the body loses the
ability to control blood sugar levels. As a
result, levels are consistently elevated.
blood sugar levels eventually cause
complications like kidney disease, nerve damage
in the hands and feet and vision loss.
mushroom may be beneficial
for diabetes management by
improving blood sugar control and reducing some
of these side effects.
studies have shown that lion’s mane can cause
significantly lower blood sugar levels in both
normal and diabetic mice, even at daily dosages
as low as 2.7 mg per pound (6 mg per kg) of body
One way that
lion’s mane lowers blood sugars is by blocking
the activity of the enzyme alpha-glucosidase,
which breaks down carbs in the small intestine .
When this enzyme is blocked, the body is unable
to digest and absorb carbs as effectively, which
results in lower blood sugar levels.
In addition to lowering
lion’s mane extract may reduce diabetic nerve
pain in the hands and feet.
In mice with
diabetic nerve damage, six weeks of daily lion’s
mushroom extract significantly reduced pain,
lowered blood sugar levels and even increased
when DNA becomes damaged and causes cells to
divide and replicate out of control.
suggests that lion’s mane mushroom has
cancer-fighting abilities, thanks to several of
its unique compounds .
In fact, 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
least one study has failed to replicate these
results, so more studies are needed .
In addition to
killing cancer cells, lion’s mane extract has
also been shown to slow the spread of cancer.
One study in
mice with colon cancer found that taking lion’s
mane extract reduced the spread of cancer to the
lungs by 69% .
found that lion’s mane extract was more
effective than traditional cancer medications at
slowing tumor growth in mice, in addition to
having fewer side effects .
anti-cancer effects of lion’s mane mushroom have
never been tested in humans, so more research is
inflammation and oxidative stress are believed
to be at the root of many modern illnesses,
including heart disease, cancer and autoimmune
that lion’s mane mushrooms contain powerful
anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that
may help reduce the impact of these illnesses .
In fact, one
study examining the antioxidant abilities of 14
different mushroom species found that lion’s
mane had the fourth highest antioxidant activity
and recommended it be considered a good dietary
source of antioxidants .
studies have found that lion’s mane extract
reduced markers of inflammation and oxidative
stress in rodents and may be especially useful
in the management of inflammatory bowel disease,
liver damage and stroke .
mushrooms may also help reduce some of the
health risks associated with obesity, as they
have been shown to decrease the amount of
inflammation released by fat tissue
A strong immune
system protects the body from bacteria, viruses
and other disease-causing pathogens.
On the other
hand, a weak immune system puts the body at a
higher risk of developing infectious diseases.
shows that lion’s mane mushroom can boost
immunity by increasing the activity of the
intestinal immune system, which protects the
body from pathogens that enter the gut through
the mouth or nose .
may partly be due to beneficial changes in gut
bacteria that stimulate the immune system .
One study even
found that supplementing with lion’s mane
extract daily nearly quadrupled the lifespan of
mice injected with a lethal dose of salmonella
immune-boosting effects of lion’s mane mushrooms
are very promising, but this area of research is
There are not many known or reported side
effects when it comes to Lion’s Mane. The main
side effect that users have is itchy skin.
As long as the
itchy skin doesn’t come with swollen glands,
hives, or any other indication of an allergic
reaction, chances are it’s just the sign of
increased NGF.(Nerve growth factor)
uncomfortable, the itchy skin is a sign that you
are increasing your supply of NGF and the Lion’s
Mane is working.
Some users have
also reported allergic reactions to Lion’s Mane
well after they have started taking the
could take up to four months to show because it
takes a good amount of time for Lion’s Mane to
build up in your system.
monitoring yourself as you take this supplement
and watch for any unusual changes..