lion’s mane mushroom

Lion's Mane Mushroom
Lion’s mane mushrooms, also known as hou tou gu or yamabushitake, are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow.
Part used Mushroom
Use Lion’s mane mushrooms can be enjoyed raw, cooked, dried or steeped as a tea
Benefits
  • Promotes brain health
    • Studies have found that lion’s mane mushrooms contain compounds that can stimulate the growth of brain cells (study), protect against Alzheimer’s disease (study1study2study3study4), and boost mental functioning (study)
  • Relieve Mild Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety
    • lion’s mane mushroom extract has anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression (study1study2) and help regenerate brain cells and improve the functioning of the hippocampus, a region of the brain responsible for processing memories and emotional responses (study1study2)
  • Speed Recovery from Nervous System Injuries
    • research has found that lion’s mane mushroom extract may help speed recovery from nervous system injuries (study1study2study3), reduce recovery time from nervous system injuries (study) and reduce the severity of brain damage after a stroke (study)
  • Protects Against Ulcers in the Digestive Tract
    • Lion’s mane extract may protect against the development of stomach ulcers by inhibiting the growth of  pylori and protecting the stomach lining from damage (study1study2), is more effective at preventing alcohol-induced stomach ulcers than traditional acid-lowering drugs (study) and help treat inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease (study1study2study3, study4)
  • Reduces Heart Disease Risk
    • Studies have found that lion’s mane mushroom extract improves fat metabolism and lowers triglyceride levels (study 1, study2), help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the bloodstream (study) and decrease the rate of blood clotting and lower the risk of heart attack or stroke (study)
  • Helps Manage Diabetes Symptoms
    • Studies have shown that lion’s mane can cause significantly lower blood sugar levels (study1study2,study3) and reduce diabetic nerve pain in the hands and feet (study)
  • Help Fight Cancer
    • lion’s mane mushroom has cancer-fighting abilities, thanks to several of its unique compounds (study1study2) that cause cancer cells to die at a faster rate (study1study2study3) and slow the spread of cancer (study) and slow tumor growth (study)
  • Reduces Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
    • Research shows that lion’s mane mushrooms contain powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds (study1, study2) proving useful in the management of inflammatory bowel disease, liver damage and stroke (study1study2study3study4) as well as reduce some of the health risks associated with obesity (study)
  • Boosts the Immune System
    • research shows that lion’s mane mushroom can boost immunity by increasing the activity of the intestinal immune system (study), beneficially change gut bacteria and stimulate the immune system (study) and enable protection from salmonella bacteria (study)
Dangers Anyone who is allergic or sensitive to mushrooms should avoid lion’s mane

  • There have been documented cases of people experiencing difficulty breathing or skin rashes after exposure to lion’s mane mushrooms, likely related to allergies (study1study2)

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