Mushrooms for the Brain
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I thought there were only two types of mushrooms, the ones you eat and the ones that get you high.
But there is a third category, the ones that are good for your brain. Wait, wouldn’t Lion’s Mane fit into the first category, making only two?
I think that’s better, mushrooms you eat for health and mushrooms you ingest to get high!
Introducing Lion’s Mane.
What is Lion’s Mane?
Before we get into that, let’s talk about why we should consider adding Lion’s Mane. to our supplement list!
Unlike any other mushroom lion’s Mane has astounding mental regenerative abilities, making it a potent nootropic.
Other important benefits include
Stimulate the growth of neurons, Nerve Growth Factors (NGF),
It helps repair the brain from physical damage,
It helps prevent & slow age-related mental degradation,
Has mood-regulating effects from the NGF and other non-NGF factors,
Has been shown to increase ‘‘curiosity’’ of objects in the world in animal studies.
Ok, so they are some pretty bold claims, and for credibility, I have listed the links to the proof and the end of this post.
Lion’s Mane, botanically known as Hericium Erinaceus, is a mushroom that grows on hardwoods in North America, Asia, and Europe.
It’s called lion’s Mane, because of the way it looks. And sorry, but there is no prize for guessing who found it.
Like most of the great natural supplements, it was the masters of the herbal plants, the Chinese!
Who needs Lion’s Mane?
There are lots of nootropics available to improve your mental fitness, like Modafinil and Alpha Brain for starters.
But many of us like to stick to 100% natural products, like Lion’s Mane. And therein lies the main benefit of Lion’s Mane, its mental regenerative abilities.
Now, this is my personal opinion based on the research I have completed. If you’re looking for short gains in mental cognition like studying for exams etc. I would suggest Modafinil and Alpha Brain.
But if you’re looking for a supplement to prevent cognitive decline as we age then Lion’s Mane is the one!
How to take Lion’s Mane
For the best results, 1/2 a teaspoon every day is the way to go! Along with the other powered supplements I take, I add Lion’s Mane into my morning smoothy.
But for a quick on-the-go way, add Lion’s Mane to a small tub of yogurt.
- Nerve Growth Factor-Inducing activity of Hericium Erinaceus in 1321N1 Human Astrocytoma Cells
Koichiro Mori – Yutaro Obara – Mitsuru Hirota – Yoshihito Azumi – Satomi Kinugasa – Satoshi Inatomi – Norimichi Nakahata – Biol. Pharm. Bull. Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin – 2008
- Neurotrophic properties of the lion’s Mane Medicinal Mushroom, Hericium Erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes) from Malaysia
Puei-Lene Lai – Murali Naidu – Vikineswary Sabaratnam – Kah-Hui Wong – Rosie David – Umah Kuppusamy – Noorlidah Abdullah – Sri Malek – International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms Int J Med Mushr – 2013
- Neurodegenerative Potential ofLion’ss Mane Mushroom, Hericium Erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers. (Higher Basidiomycetes), in the Treatment of Peripheral Nerve Injury (Review)
Kah-Hui Wong – Murali Naidu – Rosie David – Robiah Bakar – Vikineswary Sabaratnam – International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms Int J Med Mushr – 2012
- Hericium Erinaceus (Yamabushitake): a unique resource for developing functional foods and medicine.
Mingxing Wang – Yang Gao – Duoduo Xu – Tetsuya Konishi – Qipin Gao – Food Funct. – 2014
- Protective Effects of Hericium Erinaceus Mycelium and Its Isolated Erinacine A against Ischemia-Injury-Induced Neuronal Cell Death via the Inhibition of iNOS/p38 MAPK and Nitrotyrosine
Kam-Fai Lee – Jiann-Hwa Chen – Chih-Chuan Teng – Chien-Heng Shen – Meng-Chiao Hsieh – Chien-Chang Lu – Ko-Chao Lee – Li-Ya Lee – Wan-Ping Chen – Chin-Chu Chen – Wen-Shih Huang – Hsing-Chun Kuo – IJMS International Journal of Molecular Sciences – 2014
- Hericium erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers., a medicinal mushroom, activates peripheral nerve regeneration.
Kah-Hui Wong – Gowri Kanagasabapathy – Murali Naidu – Pamela David – Vikineswary Sabaratnam – Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine Chin. J. Integr. Med. – 2014
- Mechanism of Hericium Erinaceus (Yamabushitake) mushroom-induced apoptosis of U937 human monocytic leukemia cells
Sung Kim – Mi Kang – Yong Choi – Jae Kim – Seok Nam – Mendel Friedman – Food & Function Food Funct. – 2011
- Isolation and identification of aromatic compounds in lion’s Mane Mushroom and their anticancer activities
Wei Li – Wei Zhou – Eun-Ji Kim – Sang Shim – Hee Kang – Young Kim – Food Chemistry – 2015
- Hericium Erinaceus Lion’s Mane) Mushroom Extracts Inhibit Metastasis of Cancer Cells to the Lung in CT-26 Colon Cancer-Transplanted Mice
Sung Kim – Seok Nam – Mendel Friedman – J. Agric. Food Chem. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry – 2013
- Effect of the replacement of aspartic acid/glutamic acid residues with asparagine/glutamine residues in RNase He1 from Hericium Erinaceus on inhibition of human leukemia cell line proliferation
Hiroko Kobayashi – Naomi Motoyoshi – Tadashi Itagaki – Mamoru Suzuki – Norio Inokuchi – Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry – 2014
- Vitamin B 12 [ c -lactone], a Biologically Inactive Corrinoid Compound, Occurs in Cultured and DriedLion’ss Mane Mushroom ( Hericium Erinaceus ) Fruiting Bodies
Fei Teng – Tomohiro Bito – Shigeo Takenaka – Yukinori Yabuta – Fumio Watanabe – J. Agric. Food Chem. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry – 2014
- Hericium Erinaceus: an edible mushroom with medicinal values
Md. Khan – Mousumi Tania – Rui Liu – Mohammad Rahman – Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine – 2013
- Composition and antioxidant activity of water-soluble oligosaccharides from Hericiumï¿½erinaceus
Yiling Hou – Xiang Ding – Wanru Hou – Molecular Medicine Reports Mol Med Report – 2014
- Anti-fatigue activities of polysaccharides extracted from Hericium Erinaceus
Jianqing Liu – Congxin Du – Yifei Wang – Zhihua Yu – Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine Exp Ther Med – 2014
- Potential Activity of Aqueous Extract of Culinary-MedicinalLion’ss Mane Mushroom, Hericium Erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) in Accelerating Wound Healing in Rats
Mahmood Abdulla – Atieh Fard – Vikineswary Sabaratnam – Kah-Hui Wong – Umah Kuppusamy – Noorlidah Abdullah – Salmah Ismail – International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms Int J Med Mushr – 2011
- In Vitro Anti-Helicobacter pylori Effects of Medicinal Mushroom Extracts, with Special Emphasis on the lion’s Mane Mushroom, Hericium Erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes)
Xiaodong Shang – Qi Tan – Ruina Liu – Kangying Yu – Pingzuo Li – Guo-Ping Zhao – International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms Int J Med Mushr – 2013
- Gastroprotective Effects ofLion’ss Mane Mushroom Hericium Erinaceus (Bull.:Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) Extract against Ethanol-Induced Ulcer in Rats
Jing-Yang Wong – Mahmood Abdulla – Jegadeesh Raman – Chia-Wei Phan – Umah Kuppusamy – Shahram Golbabapour – Vikineswary Sabaratnam – Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine – 2013
- Anti-inflammatory Activity of Mycelial Extracts from Medicinal Mushrooms
Yan Geng – Shuiling Zhu – Zhenming Lu – Hongyu Xu – Jin-Song Shi – Zheng-Hong Xu – International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms Int J Med Mushrooms – 2014