Integrating Plant Medicine with Lion's Mane
Updated: May 25, 2020
Mushrooms are truly magical. With a myriad of different species that is truly biodiverse, we are so blessed to have them in our lives and on this planet.
There are around 120,000 types of fungi but only a select handful of that number is okay for humans to consume, Lion's Mane being one of them. Lion's Mane is known for its health benefits with the brain, but it does much more for us!
As we see wellness gaining popularity and people playing with plant medicines more, mushrooms have played a huge part in that conversation. And while yes, magic mushrooms are known as 'the plant medicine' and is highly regarded for its psilocybin and healing effects, there are a lot of other fungi's getting attention right now. From Reishi and Chaga, to Cordyceps and Lion's Mane.
But today we're going to dive into Lion's Mane and learn about the different health benefits this wonderful plant can gift to us and why we should all be taking daily supplements of it.
Lion's Mane Benefits
1. Protects & Regenerates the Brain & Nervous System
According to a study  done by the Mushroom Research Centre, Fungal Biotechnology Lab, it was found that Lion's Mane promotes neurite outgrowth, and in some cases even as high as by 60.6%! This means that Lion's Mane helps with neurogenesis.
Neurogenesis (n.) - the growth and development of nervous tissue.
"Neurotrophic factors are important in promoting the growth and differentiation of neurons. Nerve growth factor (NGF) is essential for the maintenance of the basal forebrain cholinergic system. " - Study by the Mushroom Research Centre
The basal forebrain cholinergic system is located in the brain and is considered to be the largest output of the central nervous system. Pretty much meaning that good good part of your brain that you want healthy and regenerative!
2. Improves Cognitive Function, Ability to Focus, & Memory
During a 2009 clinical trial in Japan , healthy adults with a mild cognitive impairment were given Lion's Mane daily for 16 weeks and the users cognitive function was tested throughout the trial. During the 16 weeks their scores increased more with each test but dropped when the supplement ended.
Showing that a daily intake of Lion's Mane can help promote a healthy brain that is able to focus and is highly active!
3. Immune Support
In a 2011 study, it was found that Lion's Mane is a source of dietary antioxidants. And antioxidants are something we all need to help fight free radicals which damage our bodies and are something that we encounter on the daily.
4. Improves Mood
In a study  done by the Division of Clinical Neuroscience at Chiba University in Chiba Japan, they found antidepressant properties in Lion's Mane.
5. Relieves Anxiety & Depression
A study  done by the Department of Clinical Psychology at Kyoto Bunkyo University in Kyoto, Japan found that with an intake of Lion's Mane mushrooms have the possibility of reducing depression and anxiety.
As if mushrooms couldn't get anymore magical, now you can take a daily supplement of Lion's Mane to boost your mood and lower your anxiety and depression, a very helpful tool to have no matter who you are!
6. Supports Gut Health
In a study done by CAS Key Laboratory of Synthetic Biology, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology in Shanghai, they found that Lion's Mane has has anti-Helicobacter pylori effects! This is amazing!!
Helicobacter pylori also known as H. Pylori is a nasty bacteria that in habits the gut, often for life. Similar to herpes, this bacteria decides when to flare up and when not too, often triggered by things, usually foods and stress. The effects of this bacteria range but are often extremely painful, limit the foods you can eat, and if untreated leads to ulcers and eventually stomach cancer.
What many people also don't know, is how common H. Pylori is to have. I have it and have dealt with it for years. When I was diagnosed, my doctor told me over 40% of the United States has it and over 50% of the world has it. So do yourself a favor, eat better and get yourself some Lion's Mane!
So yeah, Lion's Mane is essentially the fucking shit and we all need to consume a little more of this plant medicine.
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