In today’s post we will dive into beauty called lion’s mane mushroom. I am assuming great deal of you already heard some whispering about this ”new it thing for your health”, and are here to find out more. Some of you may be looking for information about lions and you accidentally ended up on mushroom lady’s page.
No matter the reason, I invite you to stay for the ride until the end to find out what is lion’s mane mushroom used for.
It will blow your mind!
- Latin name: Hericium eranacious
- Also known as: Bearded Tooth, Pom-Pom, Japanese Yamabushitake. When you’re such a celebrity, pseudonyms are a must!
- Talking about divas, this beauty is no ordinary stem and cap mushroom
You see those spine-like structures? Their purpose is to create and release spores that act like seeds and allow for the mushroom to reproduce
- Continuing in diva spirit, lion’s mane mushroom is a parasite – it attacks and kills living trees in order to eat and grow
- You can find them in Europe, China, Japan and North America – if you can spot them!
- They grow higher up on trees, so you have to be experienced mushroom hunter to find them
- They are usually consumed in the form of a powder or pill, but are edible on their own too (taste reminiscent of seafood)
Beauty’s talents aka what is it used for
Pom-Pom name makes sense, if you ask me. Because this mushroom is truly cheerleading for our memory. Why?
It stimulates the production of the protein called Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in our body. Pom-Pom can affect enzymes that lead to increased NGF release.
We need NGF protein for healthy development, for keeping our cells healthy and for reparation of nerve damage. So lion’s mane mushroom has potential to be used as a supplemental therapy for treating peripheral nerve damage, eye problems, and Alzheimer’s disease.
If you’ve been dreaming about non-toxic, natural brain steroid, congratulations, you’ve found it!
Studies found that incorporating lion’s mane mushroom into your health routine will help to support your cognitive functioning and improve your memory.
2. Improving focus and concentration
By helping to stimulate NGF protein, lion’s mane mushroom helps you to focus and concentrate too.
This is because NGF helps maintain neurons – the responsible cells for helping your brain to process and pass on information.
Knowing that Buddhist monks have been drinking lion’s mane tea for centuries before meditation in order to enhance their powers of concentration, will probably make you want to try it more than all the science explanations together.
Because, whose concentration is better than monks one?
3. Controling blood sugar levels
This is crucial for persons with diabetes, since controlling blood sugar levels is how they can manage diabetes.
Anyone of my readers here with night food cravings? Hello, blood sugar going wild!
4. Increasing energy levels
Lion’s mane mushroom will help you increase your energy, because it contains antioxidants that support overall cellular health and also reduces lactic acid in the blood.
Providing your body with antioxidants that support your cellular health, will enable your body to produce energy with more ease.
Reduced lactic acid in the blood increases tissue glycogen content – content that promotes energy production.
Reduction of lactic acid in the blood will also help you with fatigue after intense workout.
5. Looking after gut health
Lion’s mane mushroom balances the microbiota. Microbiota protects and supports healthy gut bacteria in our body.
It also prevents growth of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). It does so by going to the bacteria through the mucosal layer and preventing it from spreading.
H. pylori is the root cause for many inflammations and infections of the gut. Its responsible for more than 80% of gastric ulcers. It has to be treated medically to go away from our body.
I have been infected by H. pylori in my teenage years, and I do not wish for anyone to go through the process of getting rid of it. It makes me grateful I found out about lion’s mane mushroom and its protective power against this nasty bacteria.
It always makes us feel good when we find out some natural remedy to preserve our health. That good feeling skyrockets if we already had to fight against some nasty creature ruining our well-being, doesn’t it?
6. Ally of aging gracefully
As we age, we start producing and accumulating lipofuscin. Think about lipofuscin as a garbage collecting in our cells. This garbage is co-responsible for cell atrophy. Atrophy means the wasting away of cell tissue.
Lion’s mane mushroom contains polysaccharides that have been found to significantly reduce lipofuscin. Not only that, polysaccharides enhance antioxidant enzyme activities and increase collagen levels too.
Thank you, lion’s mane mushroom, for being on our side in eternal anti-aging fight.
7. Improving bone density
Ladies, as we know, estrogen decreases dramatically when we reach menopause. And since estrogen is protecting our bones, its reduction results in increased risk for bone loss. That can lead to osteoporosis.
The polysaccharides we’ve been talking about in the previous point, have been found to improve bone density.
So, it has beauty AND brains?
It appears so. What in my opinion is the most beautiful mushroom of them all, is also one of the most powerful natural remedies.
Reasons why you should incorporate it in your health routine go beyond what you just read. And I will make sure to reveal more secrets to you as we dive deeper into mushroom supplements.
But for me, helping preserve my brain functions, bone density and gut health while regulating blood sugar and improving focus were already reasons enough to add it to my ”non-negotiable daily routine”.
I cherish it especially when I need extra energy boost (which is, let’s be real, always nowadays).
And who doesn’t want to age gracefully, am I right?
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I will be more than happy to answer best to my knowledge and would enjoy hearing from you.