It is a nootropic superfood that grows on the truck of hardwood trees and can modulate the immune system and provide many other health benefits.
According to research published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, one way that lion’s mane affects brain function is by enhancing “neurite outgrowth” in the brain and related organs.
That’s a big deal in brain health research. By increasing this growth, it could potentially be possible to slow or reverse cell degeneration in the brain.
In a four-week study, menopausal symptoms such as loss of concentration, irritability, palpitations, and anxiety were significantly alleviated as well as improved sleep quality with treatment with Lion’s Mane extract.
Inflammation also plays a role in depression, and compounds in Lion’s Mane was able to reduce inflammation in fatty tissue in a 2015 study out of Japan.
STUDIES & RESEARCH
Therapeutic Potential of Hericium erinaceus for Depressive Disorder
Neurotrophic properties of the Lion’s mane medicinal mushroom
Reduction of depression and anxiety by 4 weeks Hericium erinaceus intake
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