The Unique Properties of the Lion’s Mane Mushroom

 

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Overview

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a medicinal mushroom with nootropic qualities. Currently, the research on Lion’s Mane is still in it’s early stages, though it shows a lot of promise and more research is urgently needed.

Lion’s Mane is most commonly referenced for its ability to significantly increase  the expression of nerve growth factor (NGF) [100]. NGF is a moleculed produced in the brain that is involved in the regulation of growth, maintenance, proliferation, and survival of neurons.

When looking at neurons specifically, Lion’s Mane also enhances the formation of myelin and the production of the myelin sheath (myelination) [101][104]. It also promotes neurite outgrowth [102][103] and peripheral nerve regeneration after injury [109].

Lion’s Mane also provides neuroprotection against neuronal death [105][106], prevents against cognitive decline caused by β-amyloid pigmentation [107], and has shown significant improvements in cognition in those suffering from dementia [108].

Lion’s Mane also inhibits metastasis of cancer cells to the lung from the colon [110], and is very gastroprotective, especially against ulcers [111].

 

 

Where to Buy Lion’s Mane

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Buy Lion’s Mane Capsules at Nootropics Depot [Vendor Info]

 

 

Lion’s Mane Dosage Information

Lion’s Mane does not have a standard dosage, however one human trial show efficacy with 1000mg doses taken 3x daily, and total daily doses of 3000mg or more may be optimal. It does not need to be taken with meals.

 

 

References

100. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18758067

101. http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/708ae68d64b17c52,0d49dda96a2a7147,504922782f5fa5ea.html

102. https://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6882-13-261

103. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/fo/c4fo00452c/unauth#!divAbstract

104. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12675022

105. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661683

106. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18835171

107. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21383512

108. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18844328

109. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21941586

110. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23668749

111. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/492976/abs/

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