- Chinese Name Hou Tou Gu 猴头菇
- Latin Name Hericium erinaceus
- Other Names Yamabushitake, Hedgehog Mushroom, Bearded Tooth Mushroom, Monkey Head Mushroom
- Used Part Fruit Bodies
- Specification Powdered Extract
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract Powder
Lions Mane, or Hericium Erinaceus is a Medicinal Mushroom that has long been treasured in Japan and China as an edible fungi and health tonic.
Lions Mane Mushrooms have been used to promote healthy brain function, heal and regenerate nerve tissue, boost cognitive function and muscular co-ordination.
What Are Lions Mane Mushrooms?
Lions Mane is found in Asia, North America and parts of Europe and its unusual appearance has led it to be called “The Monkey Head Mushroom”.
Lions Mane often grows wild on dead trees, such as oak and beech. It is an edible mushroom, rich in minerals, amino acids, polypeptides, fatty acids, polysaccharides and nerve growth factors.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Lions mane Mushrooms?
Lions Mane Mushrooms are often prescribed in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat digestive, gastrointestnial and immune disorders.
Recent research has uncovered Lion’s mane’s ability to support cognition through enhanced release of nerve growth factor (NGF). Specifically lion’s mane has been demonstrated to;
- Support neurogenesis (via NGF).
- Act as a neuroprotective agent (by supporting myelination).
- Reduce beta amyloid induced cognitive deficit (in animals).
- Reduce symptoms of dementia (human trial).
- Promote nerve regrowth (in animals).
- Reduce anxiety and depression (human trial).
- Accelerate wound healing (rodent study).
Lion’s Mane Research
- Mori K. et.al., Improving Effects of the Mushroom Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus) on Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Double-blind Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial. PHYTOTHERAPY RESEARCH Phytother. Res. 23, 367–372 (2009)
- Wong KH et.al., Hericium erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers., a medicinal mushroom, activates peripheral nerve regeneration. Chin J Integr Med. 2014 Aug 26
- Kim SP et.al., Composition and mechanism of antitumor effects of Hericium erinaceus mushroom extracts in tumor-bearing mice. J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Sep 28;59(18):9861-9