Lion’s Mane

( Heri­cium eri­naceus)

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USE LION’S MANE TO: Im­prove mem­ory Boost con­cen­tra­tion Pro­tect your ner­vous sys­tem

Lion’s mane earned its play­ful moniker be­cause of its unique ap­pear­ance. Un­like the typ­i­cal shape of most mush­room fruit­ing bod­ies ( a smooth cap and stem), lion’s mane looks like a clus­ter of cas­cad­ing white strands. This wa­ter­fall-like “mane” has in­spired all kinds of other fun nick­names for the mush­room, in­clud­ing “pom- pom mush­room,” “bearded tooth,” and “mon­key head.”

His­tory sug­gests that lion’s mane was used in traditional Chi­nese medicine specifi cally for treat­ing stom­ach and di­ges­tive prob­lems, in­clud­ing can­cers. It was also used as a gen­eral restora­tive due to its anti- infl am­ma­tory, an­tibac­te­rial, and im­muno-mod­u­lat­ing prop­er­ties. But lion’s mane’s eff ects on the brain truly dis­tin­guish it from other medic­i­nal mush­rooms and make it an ut­terly fas­ci­nat­ing sub­ject.

Lion’s mane has the abil­ity to re­pair and re­gen­er­ate neu­rons, re­sult­ing in im­proved cog­ni­tive func­tion, and the mush­room has been known to mit­i­gate and even re­verse the eff ects of neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases such as Parkin­son’s, Alzheimer’s, and de­men­tia, among oth­ers.

So how does this hap­pen? Your body con­tains nerve growth fac­tors ( NGF), pro­teins that pro­tect ex­ist­ing neu­rons and stim­u­late new neu­ron growth. Th­ese pro­teins play a cru­cial role in main­tain­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of the neu­rons re­quired for the ner­vous sys­tem to func­tion prop­erly. Amaz­ingly, lion’s mane stim­u­lates the syn­the­sis of NGF. It not only has the po­ten­tial to help those suf­fer­ing from neu­ro­log­i­cal disor­ders, but through NGF stim­u­la­tion, it can po­ten­tially re­verse the cog­ni­tive de­te­ri­o­ra­tion that creeps up on many of us as we age. And un­like most phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal medicines that are used for cog­ni­tive func­tion, lion’s mane has no known side ef­fects. Ed­i­tor’s Prod­uct Pick: Four Sig­matic Mush­room Cof­fee Mix Think with Lion’s Mane & Chaga

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