Lion's Mane: Nature's Brain Booster
Native to North America, Europe, China and Japan, Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is one of nature's most dynamic brain foods. Historically known as an edible mushroom, it is easily identified by its white, cascading spines that resemble the mane of a lion. This nootropic mushroom has a rich history of traditional use, along with scientific research to back up its health claims.
More recently, Lion’s Mane has been a trending functional mushroom and superfood. Because of its ability to support mental clarity, it falls into a class of brain-boosters called nootropics.
Nootropics are natural compounds that enhance brain and cognitive function. They unlock creativity, sharpen focus, enhance productivity, and banish brain fog. Traditional healing systems have been singing the praises of this mushroom for thousands of years.
In Chinese folklore, it is said that consuming Lion’s Mane mushroom promotes “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion.” Hericium erinaceus has a long history of therapeutic use in Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine. In TCM, Lion’s Mane is used to nourish the gut, fortify the spleen, and treat chronic immune deficiencies. Practitioners also use it to restore vigor to patients experiencing “qi deficiency,” or lack of life force.
5 Incredible Benefits of Lion’s Mane
- Improves cognitive function, memory, focus, and mental clarity.
- Supports neural health and nerve regeneration.
- Eases anxiety and supports a healthy stress response.
- Modulates the immune system and helps the body fight infection.
- Fortifies digestive health.
What the Research Says
Recent studies have concluded that consistent use of Lion’s Mane can help with mental focus, productivity, and mood. This mushroom even shows promise as a treatment for degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
Lion’s Mane has received special attention for its ability to support nerve regeneration. It stimulates the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), a protein that helps maintain healthy neurons (1). NGF plays an essential role in maintaining neurological health, homeostasis, and the immune system.
There have been several studies done using Lion's Mane to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Results vary but show compelling evidence that supports improved myelination of nerve fibers. Results also show suppression of the inflammatory process responsible for brain damage (2).
Research suggests that Lion’s Mane has significant anxiety and depression reducing effects. One study had thirty women take either a Lion’s Mane cookie or placebo cookie for 4 weeks. Those taking Lion’s Mane showed lower scores on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and improved sleep quality on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (3).
Lion’s Mane fruiting body extracts have been shown to be effective for treating stomach ulcers (4). They may also prevent ulcers from developing by inhibiting the growth of H. Pylori and protecting the stomach lining from damage (5).
How to Incorporate Lion’s Mane into Your Routine
Lion’s Mane can support us in living more peacefully, creatively, and productively! We have three different forms of mushroom support for you to choose from.
Lion’s Mane Powder
Our Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder features 100% fruiting body Lion’s Mane with no preservatives or fillers. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of this water-soluble powder into your coffee, tea, or favourite recipe for a hit of energy and mental clarity!
Lion’s Mane Capsule
Get all the benefits of our Mushroom Powder in a convenient capsule form. Our Lion’s Mane Capsules make it easy to take your mushroom supplement on-the-go and stick to your wellness routine, no matter what life throws at you.
Lion’s Mane Tincture
Our tinctures are formulated by Clinical Herbalists and handmade on Vancouver Island. Featuring bioavailable fruiting body and mycelium, take our Lion’s Mane Tincture on its own or add to a beverage to feel the benefits.
Curious to learn more about nootropics? Check out this webinar hosted by our Co-Founder, Yarrow Willard and discover the best herbs for supporting mind and mood.
- Lai, Puei-Lene, Murali Naidu, Vikineswary Sabaratnam, Kah-Hui Wong, Rosie Pamela David, Umah Rani Kuppusamy, Noorlidah Abdullah, and Sri Nurestri Malek. “Neurotrophic Properties of the Lion's Mane Medicinal MUSHROOM, Hericium Erinaceus (Higher BASIDIOMYCETES) from Malaysia.” International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms 15, no. 6 (2013): 539–54. https://doi.org/10.1615/intjmedmushr.v15.i6.30.
- Wong, Kah-Hui, Murali Naidu, Rosie Pamela David, Robiah Bakar, and Vikineswary Sabaratnam. “Neuroregenerative Potential of Lion's MANE MUSHROOM, Hericium Erinaceus (Bull.: FR.) Pers. (Higher Basidiomycetes), in the Treatment of Peripheral Nerve INJURY (REVIEW).” International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms 14, no. 5 (2012): 427–46. https://doi.org/10.1615/intjmedmushr.v14.i5.10.
- Nagano, Mayumi, Kuniyoshi Shimizu, Ryuichiro Kondo, Chickako Hayashi, Daigo Sato, Katsuyuki Kitagawa, and Koichiro Ohnuki. “Reduction of Depression and Anxiety by 4 Weeks Hericium Erinaceus Intake.” Biomedical Research 31, no. 4 (2010): 231–37. https://doi.org/10.2220/biomedres.31.231.
- Abdulla MA, Noor SM, Sabaratnam V, Abdullah N, Wong KH, Ali HM (2008) Effect of culinary medicinal lion's mane mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) on ethanol induced gastric ulcers in rats. Int J Med Mushrooms 10:325–330
- Jiang, S., Wang, S., Sun, Y., & Zhang, Q. (2014). Medicinal properties of Hericium erinaceus and its potential to formulate novel mushroom-based pharmaceuticals. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology,98 (18), 7661-7670. doi:10.1007/s00253-014-5955-5