Lions Mane Mushroom Benefits

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Lions Mane Mushroom, or Hericium erinaceus, are edible fungi that have a mild, sweet flavor and shaggy outer texture that mimic shellfish like crab or lobster. They are popular in a number of Chinese recipes and can be seared for a delicious alternative to shellfish. Resource :

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Lion’s mane is rich in a variety of beneficial plant compounds including polysaccharides, hericenones, erinacines, steroids, and lactones, which may help protect your body from damage caused by inflammation, stress, or free radicals, says Delk. It also stimulates a protein called nerve growth factor, which helps your nerves to conduct impulses through the nervous system.

One of the biggest benefits lion’s mane offers is that it appears to stimulate brain cells to grow, which could help prevent or treat conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s, according to research published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In animal studies, lion’s mane seemed to improve cognitive function by increasing the amount of dendrites and axons that neurons make.

Another way lion’s mane mushrooms may help brain health is that it might ease symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to a small 2010 study published in Biomedical Research. In the study, menopausal women who ate cookies containing lion’s mane reported less anxiety than those who ate placebo cookies.

The research is promising, but more research is needed to confirm whether these effects apply to humans as well. Until then, it’s best to talk with your doctor before taking this mushroom or any other supplement.