Kat Hoyle Updated by Kat Hoyle

Lion’s Mane, scientifically known as Hericium erinaceus, carries a poetic name that mirrors its unique, cascading appearance, resembling a lion's flowing mane. Esteemed in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, this culinary and medicinal mushroom has been historically consumed for its potential cognitive and digestive benefits, often symbolising the power of the mind and longevity in ancient scripts.

Lion’s Mane stands out in the fungal kingdom due to its potential neuroprotective effects, such as:

Neuroprotection and cognitive enhancement: One of Lion’s Mane's most exciting aspects is its potential to stimulate the production of nerve growth factor (NGF). A study published in the Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin demonstrated that the mushroom's compounds could promote nerve cell growth, suggesting a potential in treating neurodegenerative diseases. (Kawagishi & Zhuang, 2008)

Mood disorders: Evidence indicates that Lion’s Mane might benefit mood disorders. A study in the Phytotherapy Research journal found that subjects consuming Lion’s Mane mushrooms showed decreased depression and anxiety symptoms. (Nagano et al., 2010)

Digestive health: Lion's Mane has traditionally been used to support digestive health. Research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences suggests that the mushroom might help reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, supporting its historical use for stomach ailments. (Sheng et al., 2018).

Anti-cancer potential: Preliminary research indicates that Lion’s Mane may have anti-tumor properties. A study found that the mushroom exhibited anti-proliferative effects on human leukaemia cells, pointing to its potential therapeutic uses. (Lee & Hong, 2010)

Try adding it to your favourite shake, drink or smoothie.  

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