Lions Mane, Latin Hericium erinaceus is a rare medicinal mushroom that is an indispensable jewel of traditional Chinese medicine for its unique effects on the body.
The fungus has been known for centuries as the medicine of original healing almost all over the world. It was popular mainly in China, where it served as a prevention against cancer and other cancer. It was used in North America for its anti-inflammatory effects – it was used externally to help treat open wounds and other superficial wounds.
Lions Mane is rich in polysaccharides, proteins, amino acids and polypeptides. It also contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals, the main ones being potassium, zinc, iron, selenium, phosphorus and germanium. There are also high amounts of antioxidants that support the vitality of the body and contribute to longevity.
Hericium is unique in its effects on cognitive functions. Recent scientific studies confirm that the use of this fungus produces BDNF and NGF proteins (brain neurotrophic factor and nerve growth factor). This means that the fungus participates in neurogenesis – it promotes the growth of new brain cells and thus allows the regeneration of the nervous system. It helps individuals with degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and dementia to alleviate their symptoms. The unique effects of Lions Mane on the brain are also beneficial to healthy individuals. It improves attention, concentration, memory and sharpens the senses. It also promotes neuroplasticity and thus improves the ability to learn new skills and knowledge. It is thus an ideal nootropic not only for students but also for all professions requiring high mental activity.
Lions Mane in the form of extract is used in the amount of 0.5 g – 1g per dose. We recommend taking it once or twice a day. The extract has a slightly bitter taste, so it is suitable to dissolve it in cocoa, coffee, tea or another favorite drink. We recommend flavoring with milk or honey. The extract can also be mixed into dishes such as yogurt, porridge or smoothie.
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