Lions Mane - The Brain & Nerve Medicinal Mushroom
Other Health Benefits of Lions Mane Mushroom
- Keeping the brain healthy – bioactive compounds known as hericenones and erinacines in Lions Mane have been shown to activate a protein peptide in our bodies known as “nerve growth factor,” or NGF. NGF is critically necessary for the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells in our brain and nervous system, known as neurons.
These naturally occurring Lions Mane compounds also trigger a process known as re-myelination, which helps to keep neurons healthy and maintains their ability to conduct electrical signals efficiently.
Health experts believe that this ability of Lions Mane to protect, heal, and regenerate nerve cells will one day make it very useful for the treatment of Alzheimers disease, muscular dystrophy, senility, Parkinsons disease, and other neurological conditions.
- Supporting memory and cognition – In laboratory experiments, Lions Mane was seen to prevent damage to short-term and visual recognition memory. Short-term memory is our ability to keep a small amount of information in our minds in an active, readily available state for a short period of time. Visual recognition memory is our ability to recognize previously encountered events, objects, or people, to “remember” them.
Both of these types of memories are specifically lost in people with Alzheimers disease and other dementias. These results suggest that with further research Lions Mane may be used to slow down – and perhaps even prevent – these memory deficits from happening at all.
Indeed, in a double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trial, Lions Mane consumption was seen to improve brain power scores in elderly Japanese men and women who had been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI can involve problems with memory, language, thinking, and judgment. It is considered to be an intermediate stage between the normal mental decline seen with aging and the more serious brain function deficits seen in dementias, such as Alzheimers disease
- Boosting mood & concentration – Lions Mane also makes us feel good by reducing our levels of anxiety and depression and improving our ability to concentrate. In fact, Asian Buddhist monks are known to consume Lions Mane tea before meditation to enhance their powers of concentration. In other words, Lions Mane can help support our mental agility, mood, and concentration as we age.
The mushroom also helps ease issues related to menopause -- such as depression, irritability, anxiety and insomnia. Researchers at Kyoto Bunkyo University observed 30 menopausal women who were given either lion's mane or a placebo over the course of four weeks. The mushroom group reported a significant reduction in menopausal symptoms.
In Ancient China, Lions Mane (Hericium erinaceus), like other Tonic Herbs was reserved for members of the Aristocracy or the Emporer only.
There is some evidence that this mushroom may be beneficial to people suffering from high blood pressure. According to a study reported by Burton Goldberg in “Heart Disease”, a study of fifty four people with an average age of 58.6 with a blood pressure reading over 140/90 took three capsules of Lions mane per day for four weeks. All of the subjects blood pressure readings fell below 140/90.
Recap of Lions Mane Mushroom Benefits
•Strengthen immune system
•Improve cognitive function
•Treat high cholesterol
•Stimulate synthesis of (NGF) Nerve Growth Factor
•For antioxidant effect
•Regulate blood pressure
•Treat Parkinsons disease
•Rejuvenate nerve growth
•Promote a healthy digestive system
•Regulate blood sugar levels
•Treat Alzheimers disease
•Eliminate toxins in the body
•Protect nervous system
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How are herbal extracts made? The raw herbs are prepared by hot water extraction, the water is then evaporated off until all that is left is the essential oils and active ingredients. These are then bound together in an excipient, small amounts of non-GM corn flour. This is the most pure and unadulterated way to enjoy tonic herbal extracts possible.
Purity: this vegan product is free from wheat, gluten, soya, added sugar, salt, test, lactose, preservatives, or any other fillers. Not tested on animals.
Directions: these tonic herbs are food grade and safe to use as you would culinary herbs. They can be added to any foods or drinks. Suggested uses are either to add 1/2 a teaspoon to a healthy juice or smoothie, or to prepare them as an instant tonic tea, but simply putting 1/2 a teaspoon in a cup or mug, and adding hot water.
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