Lion’s Mane Mushroom
For those who’d like to remember better, improve focus, and supercharge their brain cells, it’s one of the most potent nootropics for the enhancement of the mind.
- Dosage per day: 500 – 1000 mg, taken 1 to 3 times per day
- Due to a lack of research at higher doses, you’re not advised to exceed 3000 mg per day – even though no specific safety concerns have been raised.
What is Lion’s Mane mushroom?
The Lion’s Mane Mushroom, also known as Yamabushitake, is a unique member of the mushroom family. Instead of sporting a cap and stem, like other mushrooms, it has long, flowing, white tendrils. Much like a lion’s mane, thereby explaining the origins of its name. Native to Eastern Asia, the Lion’s Mane has a long culinary and medicinal history in both China and Japan.
Benefits of Lion’s Mane mushroom
Enhances cognitive functions
As you age, factors like shrinking neurons and damaged brain cells can cause frustrating cognitive issues, such as memory loss and lack of focus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t slow the process down. Research shows that Lion’s Mane supplementation can help increase nerve growth factor (NGF) levels, which, in turn, promotes the growth and survival of new neurons. The increase in NGF levels can also enhance synaptic plasticity, helping you learn better.
Improves mood and focus
If mild anxiety or depression is preventing you from becoming the best version of yourself, consider supplementing with Lion's Mane. Studies show that Lion's Mane may reduce stress and improve mood, especially in menopausal women. And it doesn’t just benefit your mood; by reducing inflammation and improving blood flow, Lion’s Mane can help provide your brain with more oxygen. And you know what that means: yes, better brain performance.
Immune system booster
Nobody likes getting sick. But if you have a weak immune system, you’re probably way more familiar with your physician than you’d like to be. Do more with your time by supplementing with Lion’s Mane. Research shows that the Beta-glucans in Lion’s Mane can boost the health of your immune system by working in the gut. Or more specifically, it empowers your body to ward off ingested pathogens, thereby improving immune function as a whole.
Lion’s Mane mushroom side effects
While no human studies have examined the side effects of Lion’s Mane mushroom, it’s considered very safe and presents few adverse side effects. One of the most commonly reported side effects is an upset stomach, which is less likely if consumed together with food. While rarely reported, some people may also experience itchy skin.
Also, as Lion’s Mane is still a species of mushroom, you should stay away from it if you’re allergic or sensitive to mushrooms.