Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Hericium erinaceus, better known as Lion's Mane or bearded tooth fungus, is a fascinating medicinal mushroom revered in Chinese Herbalism, enjoyed worldwide as a choice edible, and recently gaining notoriety as a powerful nootropic. In recent studies, Lion's Mane extract has been found to enhance and protect cognitive function, mainly through it's ability to stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), a key protein that maintains and repairs neurons in the brain and throughout the central nervous system. One new study found that Lion’s Mane can regenerate and repair axonal nerve damage, and shows greater neuro-protective and neuro-regenerative properties than NGF alone. Plus, the combination of Lion’s Mane and the NGF working in synergy was shown to maximize the regenerative ability of damaged neurons. That’s a win-win! This mushroom both regenerates neurons on it's own, and promotes the production of naturally occurring regenerative agents within the neurons.
Lion's Mane truly initiates what we like to call
“benevolent cycles of health.”
We also consider this fantastic fungus a Tool for Awakening, because when our bodies and minds are healthy, we are more alert, more present, more awake and aware to the needs and opportunities unfolding in each moment of life. Lion’s Mane is so multi-directional, some might argue that it exhibits adaptogenic properties. The list of documented health-promoting properties is stunning and extensive: