The Mushroom That Improves Your Memory, Mood, Cognitive Function, Lifts Anxiety and Depression
Lion's Mane mushroom, in particular, has drawn the attention of researchers for its notable nerve-regenerative properties.
In a study conducted in Japan recently, mice were injected with neurotoxic peptides in an experiment to assess the effects of lion's mane on the type of amyloid plaque formation seen in Alzheimer's patients. The mice were then challenged in a standard "Y" maze, designed for testing memory. Mice fed with a normal diet were compared to those supplemented with lion's mane mushrooms. As the peptide-induced plaque developed, the mice lost the ability to memorize the maze. When these memory-impaired mice were fed a diet containing 5 percent dried lion's mane mushrooms for 23 days, the mice performed significantly better in the Y maze test. Interestingly, the mice regained another cognitive capacity, something comparable to curiosity, as measured by greater time spent exploring novel objects compared to familiar ones.
The reduction of beta amyloid plaques in the brains of mushroom-fed mice vs. the mice not fed any mushrooms was remarkable. The formation of amyloid plaques is what many researchers believe is a primary morphological biomarker associated with Alzheimer's. Plaques linked to beta amyloid peptide inflame brain tissue, interfere with healthy neuron transmission, and are indicated in nerve degeneration.
The influence of lion's mane influence on neurological functions may also have other added benefits -- making you feel good. In another small clinical study (n=30), post-menopausal women who consumed lion's mane baked into cookies vs. those without showed less anxiety and depression yet improved in their ability to concentrate.
In another small Japanese study with a randomized sample of 30 women, ingesting lion's mane showed that "HE intake has the possibility to reduce depression and anxiety, and these results suggest a different mechanism from NGF-enhancing action of H. erinaceus." (Nagano et al. 2010).
In light of the numerous diseases related to neurodegeneration, lion's mane deserves more clinical attention. If lion's mane enhances memory and is an antidepressant, can consuming this mushroom alter the course of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases? Could this mushroom help Parkinson's patients or those with multiple sclerosis, or maybe maintain your mental acumen as you age? Lion's mane is a relatively inexpensive, easily-cultivated fungal food that may prove to be therapeutic in ways beyond being tasty.
Lion's mane may be our first "smart" mushroom. It is a safe, edible fungus that appears to confer cognitive benefits on our aging population.
Lion's Mane Extract 2 fl oz
Memory & Nerve Support*
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· Made with Certified Organic Ingedients
· Non-GMO Verified Ingredients
· Heat treated to proper temperature to ensure safety & bioavailability
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Our liquid extracts provide rapid absorption and are great for those seeking immune support.* Host Defense® extracts may be used directly from the bottle, or in water, warm tea, coffee, juice or smoothies. HOST DEFENSE® LION’S MANE This beautiful species, appearing as a white waterfall of cascading icicles, is found on broad leaf trees and logs. The subject of recent studies, Lion’s Mane is renowned for providing support to the brain and nervous system.*
Directions for Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 mL twice per day. Can be taken with food or without, on an empty stomach or as recommended by your healthcare advisor. Consult your healthcare advisor regarding the use of this product during pregnancy. Keep out of reach of children.
Serving size: 1 mL (45 drops)
Servings per container: 60
Amount per serving:
Proprietary Blend 1 mL †
Fresh Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
mycelium extract ‡
Dried Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
fruitbody extract ‡
Other ingredients: water, alcohol ‡ (alcohol content: 30–40%), myceliated brown rice ‡
+Your purchase helps support research to protect bees from colony collapse as well as rare species of mushrooms dwelling in old growth forests.