Lions Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a white, snowball-like mushroom that can be identified by its long, shaggy spines. It has traditionally been used in East Asia for supporting brain health, promoting cognitive function, and helping strengthen the immune system. It is believed that Buddhist monks used Lions Mane to enhance their brain power and focus during meditation.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Often referred to as a nootropic (aka cognitive enhancer), the brain-boosting power of Lions Mane comes from hericenones and erinacines (found in the fruiting body and mycelium, respectively). These 2 compounds are believed to stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor, which plays a crucial role in the protection & maintenance of nerve cells within the body & brain.
In addition to hericenones and erinacines, Lions Mane mushrooms contain a wide variety of other active compounds including beta-glucans, sterols, phenols and more. Beta-glucans are responsible for the immuno-modulating and antioxidant activities of this mushroom and have been studied to support immune health and overall wellness. Researchers have also found that Lions Mane has the possibility to reduce depression and anxiety.
Mushrooms contain a wide variety of active compounds that need to be extracted for your body to access them. The bio-actives in Lions Mane are both water-soluble (beta-glucans) and alcohol-soluble (hericenones and erinacines). In order to reap the reported benefits it’s best to consume a dual-extract of Lions Mane mushroom. In a dual extract, both water and alcohol are utilised to extract the full-spectrum of compounds in the mushroom. At Biolife Nutrition, we always use dual-extracted Lions Mane in our products to ensure you get the maximum health benefits.