Research shows that lion’s mane possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunostimulant properties in cells, animals, and humans. It has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal mushroom, especially among traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.
- Enhances brain function
- May Protect Against Cancer
- Supports Heart and Circulatory System Health
- Might Improve Digestive Health
- Reduces Inflammation
- Acts as a Powerful Antioxidant
- Improves Mental Health and Overall Well-Being
- Improves Immune Function
- Might Be Useful for Managing Diabetes
What Are Lion’s Mane Mushrooms?
Known in Latin as Hericium erinaceus, lion’s mane is native to North America, Europe and Asia, although it’s not cultivated widely in areas outside of Asia. It’s sometimes referred to as Hedgehog Mushroom, Yamabushitake or Houtou, and it belongs to the tooth fungus, or hydroid fungi group.
Lion’s mane mushrooms have long, dangling spines that are usually greater than a centimeter in length. Unlike most mushroom species, whose spines project from a branch, the spines of Hericium erinaceus projects outward, giving it that unique look of a lion’s mane. These mushrooms grow on both living and dead broadleaf
Adverse Reactions / Interactions:
Lion’s mane mushroom is a generally safe food item. Multiple studies have found it to be non-toxic at different dosages, even over extended periods of time.
There have been isolated reports of lion’s mane mushroom side effects such as:
- Contact dermatitis
- Respiratory distress
If you choose to eat this mushroom and have any symptoms, such as:
- Burning/itching skin
- Inability to breathe properly
- Swollen lips
Consult your doctor immediately.
Lion’s Mane vs. Reishi:
Both lion’s mane and reishi are fungi used in traditional Chinese medicine for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. They have many similar health benefits, including their ability to boost immune function and fight oxidative stress.
Lion’s mane is known and valued for its neuroprotective capabilities. It promotes cognitive health by enhancing “neurite outgrowth,” which plays a critical role in neural growth while reducing inflammation. Lion’s mane is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to maintain Qi, a person’s vital energy, and improve issues affecting the central nervous system. It may be recommended to patients dealing with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety, insomnia and cognitive impairment.
Reishi mushroom is known for its amazing healing properties. Like lion’s mane, it has powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. It’s also used to boost mental clarity and help the body deal with the negative effects of stress, which is why it’s considered to act much like an adaptogen herb. Reishi mushrooms also contain polysaccharides, like lion’s mane, which gives them their potential cancer-fighting capabilities.
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