Lion's Mane Mushroom
Lion’s Mane is a medicinal mushroom known for its beautiful chandelier-like appearance and nerve growth factor (NGF) for nervous system healing and regeneration. It contains over 70 known bioactive metabolites that contribute to its extraordinary abilities seen in neurological, chronic, and cognitive disease. It is a delicious culinary mushroom as well as a potent source of healing and homeostasis. Both the mycelium and fruiting body show effortless ability to cross the blood - brain barrier and support mental performance.
Lion’s Mane is traditionally used in Chinese medicine for increasing strength and vitality of the nervous system, insomnia, and signs of weakness, considered to be signs of deficiency in “Qi,” or as life force. Lion’s Mane is believed to focus on 5 internal organs, the spleen, heart, kidneys, liver, and lungs.It is a natural antibiotic, anticancer, anti-fatigue, immunostimulant, antihypertensive, neuroprotector, antioxidant, and antiinflammatory as well as a support for digestion and strength.
Lion’s Mane NGF has earned it a level of fame in the health world for expression of genes that contribute to nerve health and even regrow nerve tissue of the dendrites. Dendrites are the branches of a neuron that transmit communication, and the axon carries messages from the cell body to communicate with other nerve cells. Compared to no catalyst, aqueous extract of this mushroom induced nerve growth up to 60%. Lion’s Mane is more efficient as a catalyst to grow and repair nerve tissue more than a neuroprotective, suggesting use on its own is more for repair and maintenance than prevention.
It shows increased activity in the hippocampus, the brain’s memory center, for retaining information during learning for later retrieval. In Alzheimer’s patients it improved short-term, visual, and spatial memory. In dementia, powder extract reduced symptoms and increased cognition over time, but only if the extract was taken regularly. This finding supports its ability to repair nerve damage, but also suggests that it does not necessarily fix the underlying cause. In peripheral nerve diseases such as Parkinson’s, symptoms have shown reduction in mouse models. Lion’s Mane extract can induce apoptosis in cancer cells. It has also shown to reduce size and speed up healing of gastriculcers in rats, and shows positive effects in cognition, anxiety, and depression.
Lion’s Mane mushroom powder extract is found in Cymbiotika’s Golden Mind: Advanced Brain Nutrients formula for rebuild and repair of neuronal tissue, memory and cognition, and nervous system functioning. Combined with other incredible brain-powering nutrients in a micelle delivery form, it is the highest performing and bioavailable brain nutrient blend on the market. Golden Mind is the gold standard of nootropic brain formulas intended for optimum mental performance, cognitive protection, and enhanced communication between the gut and central nervous system for optimum state of being.
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Human studies published in the last 10 years
Journal of Restorative Medicine 2017; 6: page 19 Neurological Activity of Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
Chemistry, Nutrition, and Health-Promoting Properties of Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane) Mushroom Fruiting Bodies and Mycelia and Their Bioactive Compounds
Isolation and identification of aromatic compounds in Lion’s Mane Mushroom and their anticancer activities
Neurotrophic Properties of the Lion's Mane Medicinal Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes) from Malaysia
In Vitro Anti-Helicobacter pylori Effects of Medicinal Mushroom Extracts, with Special Emphasis on the Lion's Mane Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes)
Gastroprotective Effects of Lion’s Mane Mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Bull.:Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) Extract against Ethanol-Induced Ulcer in Rats