Lion’s Mane Mushroom is also known as: Hericium erinaceus, Yamabushitake, Monkey’s Head and Satyr’s Beard
The idea of taking mushrooms would not normally be associated with cognitive enhancement, perhaps the opposite, in fact. In this, however, Lion’s Mane increases nerve growth and in doing so improves brain health and function.
This mushroom grows on old or dead trees in Japan and China and is actually eaten with no reports of negative side effects.
From a general perspective, Lion’s Mane can even improve the cognitive function of people suffering from cognitive decline.
Depression and anxiety is reduced as well, along with an increase in concentration and reduction in irritability.
Recovery speed from neuronal injury is increased significantly.
How Does Lion’s Mane Work?
Lion’s Mane increases Nerve Growth Factor in the brain’s hippocampus. This means neurons can grow longer and are protected from neuron death.
It also increases formation of myelin which is the protein-phospholipid sheath that protects nerve fibres and increases impulse speed throughout.
Are There Other Benefits?
Lion’s mane has some interesting health benefits aside from the brain health and cognitive ones:
- Regulates Blood pressure
- Reduces Triglycerides
- Increases Fat Burning
Where Does Lion’s Mane Come From?
Lion’s Mane is a mushroom which grows on ageing or dead broadleaf trees.
Lion’s mane mushroom is a safe and natural nerve growth stimulator, which increases both the health of nerves and the speed at which impulses travel. It assists the growth and repair of new nerves along with the myelin sheaths that protect them.
The combination of a nerve growth stimulator like Lion’s Mane with other nootropic ingredients is by far the best way to take it. Taken together with acetylcholine boosters and cerebral vasodilators specifically, the three types of ingredients are wholly synergistic.
It’s a bit like roads and traffic: the nerve growth stimulator builds the road (Lion’s mane), the cerebral vasodilator increases the lanes on the road (e.g. vinpocetine) and the cholinergic ingredient increases the traffic volume (e.g. citicoline).