This beautiful white pompom mushroom is your brains best friend. Whilst originally used as a tonic for the stomach with recent extraction methods the vast neurological benefits have come to light.
Neuroprotective – preventative against neurodegeneration
Aids in memory recall and retention
Stimulates Nerve Growth Factor (NGF)
Aids in stress and anxiety management
Sooths gastrointestinal tract and protects against ulcers, stomach ailments and discomforts
Variants of this mushroom grow all around the world; In Japan, it was drunk as a tea in the imperial palaces & consumed with lavish meals – calling it Yamabushitake. This roughly translates to “those who sleep in the mountains,” referring to the Buddhist hermit monks who wore ornamental white garments. The Māori – say their ancestors have consumed a coral shaped fungus in the genus hericium since they arrived on the land, calling it Pekepekekiore. In North America, this mushroom was a common sight in Native Americans’ medicine bags, the healers used it as a styptic, applied as a dried powder to cuts & scratches to stop bleeding.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lions Mane is prescribed for stomach disorders, ulcers, & gastrointestinal ailments. It has also traditionally been used to fortify the spleen, nourish the gut & fight cancer. Ancient healers utilized this mushroom for treating the lower abdominal area, however the neurological benefits this mushroom is so often praised for, turns out to be a relatively new discovery.
Of particular pharmacological interest are two classes of terpenoid compounds thus far known to occur only in Hericium spp: these are hericenones (C–H) & erinacines (A–I)- a, Erinarols (A–J) have also been isolated.
Hericenones & erinacines isolated from Lions Mane have demonstrated unmatched neuroprotective properties among mushrooms.
Lion’s Mane has a high potential as a preventative against neurodegeneration & has beneficial effects on brain health. The bioactive compounds diterpenoids erinacine A, B, & C were shown to stimulate the synthesis of nerve growth factor (NGF), which is involved in organizing the function of neurons in the central nervous system & brain. These are the neurons that degenerate during the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
It also improves cognitive deficits that were induced by amyloid peptide (which leads to learning & memory decline) showing that Lions Mane plays an important role in combating dementia & other diseases related to aging in the brain. They have been proven to promote development of cerebellar cells and demonstrate a regulatory effect on the process of myelin genesis & enhance the myelination process.
They have been found to increase memory, understanding, communication, sharpness, concentration as well as in treating stress & anxiety.
Lions mane is also a great cancer fighter – the polysaccharides are effective against tumour cell lines like malignant hepatocytes, mammary carcinoma, lymphoma & oesophageal cancer to name a few. These β-1,3- branched β-1,6-glucan ( polysaccharides ) activate different immune cells, T lymphocytes, macrophages cytokines (IL-1ß & TNF-ß) & also turn on the production of nitric oxide which are all cytotoxic.
Various studies have conclusively proven that alcohol extracts of lion’s mane increases NGF expression in cells far more than water extracts do. This knowledge went virtually unknown to the ancient Chinese (due to Saké being too low a percentage of alcohol), which is why it has been traditionally prepared as a tea.
cultivated lions mane ± 15 000mg
Rain Water & 99% Laboratory Grade Ethanol
1-3 x 10 drops daily (maintenance is once daily, acute cases three times daily)
Can be taken any time of day in between meals
Morning dose for energy, concentration, mood enhancement, calming effect and focus
Mid-afternoon/ evening to enhance REM sleep
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