What Is Lion’s Mane Used For?
With its cluster of white cascading strands, Lion’s Mane is an incredibly striking mushroom. In the wild, Lion’s Mane grows from hardwood trees most prevalent in China and Japan and also in some areas of Europe and North America.
Historically, Lion’s Mane has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating stomach conditions, ulcers, and gastrointestinal ailments, as well as a general restorative due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and immuno-protective properties. Buddhist Shaolin monks are also said to have used Lion’s Mane mushroom in meditation practice to enhance focus and allow them to better cultivate life-force energy Qi.
In the west Lion’s Mane is a medicinal mushroom that receives a great deal of attention coveted by biohackers, top-performing professionals and health seekers due to it being considered a natural nootropic. Nootropics are substances that improve cognitive function, memory, creativity or motivation in healthy individuals.
Lion’s Mane | The Smart-Shroom
Lion’s Mane has been referred to as ‘nature’s nutrient for the neurons,’ and it’s Lion’s Mane’s potential effects on the brain that make it a truly fascinating shroom. Studies have demonstrated that Lion’s Mane may support brain health by stimulating nerve growth factor (NGF).
NGF proteins protect existing neurons and stimulate new neuron growth. While this is the case, the blood-brain barrier is not permeable by NGF proteins which are too big to pass through. Hericium Erinaceus, Lion’s Mane’s Latin name, alludes to the substances which give the potential for this potent mushroom to provide brain supporting benefits; hericenones are molecular compounds that can stimulate the brain to make more NGF and erinacines are small enough to cross this barrier and have the potential to work with the brain to foster the production of NGF. Together these compounds are thought to have the ability to foster NGF production within the brain.
Research into Lion’s Mane’s neurogenerative and neuroprotective capacity continues to show positive results. A 2008, double-blind, parallel, placebo-controlled study on older Japanese men and women with mild cognitive impairment found that Lion’s Mane effectively improved cognitive function within this randomised group.
Mood & Lion’s Mane
A 2010 study of Lion's Mane on a group of 30 women experiencing depression and anxiety was carried out over a 4-week period. At the end of the study, the participants in the test group reported an overall improvement in mood, depression and sleep quality. The promising results of this small study opens the door for greater research in this area.
Immune Support & Lion’s Mane
Lion’s Mane also has powerful antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory properties and antimicrobial activity against pathogenic bacteria. The beta-D-glucans in Lion’s Mane act as biological response modifiers and are famed as being one of the few identified substances that can boost the immune system without pushing it to overreact.
We are one of the few companies that test our mushies for beta-D-glucans with the Megazyme testing method. As a result, we can guarantee that our Lion’s Mane extract contains greater than 30% beta-D-glucans so you can be confident your mushies are active and potent.
Our Inner Atlas Lion’s Mane is:
- Semi-wild crafted, grown on hardwood in natural environmental conditions.
- Certified USDA & EU Organic.
- Grown Di Tao – sourced from the pristine and remote Gutian County growing region in China.
- Fruiting body only – 100% real mushrooms with no added fillers or mycelium.
- Lab-tested for purity.
- Highly potent, containing greater than 30% beta-D-glucans.