Organic Lions mane Mushroom Powder
This shaggy mushroom belongs to the tooth fungus group, a genus known for their tooth-like or spine-like fruiting bodies. Lion’s Mane grows on hardwood trees, and seems to favour the American beech inforests throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Also Known as “Mountain Priest”, Lion’s Mane has a long history in Asian culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine long before it was introduced to the west. Historically, it was reserved for royalty and revered for its cognitive power by Buddhist monks.
Lions mane is packed with health benefits but is known predominantly as a “brain mushroom” due to its many positive effects on the mind and brain functionality. Its can help produce the chemical called the nerve growth factor (NGF) which is essential for the normal functioning of the part of the brain (the basal forebrain) that produces acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is one of the most common neurotransmitters that is used by neurons (brain cells) to transmit information and is also the chemical responsible for your waking state. Stimulating the basal forebrain leads to the release of this chemical in your brain that in turn causes you to wake up.
Studies have shown that NGF enables prolonged acetylcholine release, and chemicals such as hericenones and erinacines help induce NGF production in nerve cells. The presence of NGF is directly linked to acetylcholine activity.
Lion’s mane is also a very good source of neurotrophic compounds, a family of biomolecules (most of which are protein-based) that promote the growth, survival, and functions of both new and mature neurons. These neurotrophic compounds have a positive impact on human nerve cells that may help overcome many neurodegenerative conditions.
Want to read more? Here is a link to a study on Lions Mane Mushrooms
Name of study: Mushrooms magnify memory by boosting nerve growth
Authors of study: Professor Frederic Meunier (the Queensland Brain Institute)
Conclusion of study: “Laboratory tests measured the neurotrophic effects of compounds isolated from Hericium erinaceus on cultured brain cells, and surprisingly we found that the active compounds promote neuron projections, extending and connecting to other neurons.