One of the most interesting mushrooms from ancient Eastern medicine, Lion’s Mane is known for its ability to improve focus and memory. It’s no wonder this is an ingredient seen in almost every nootropic on the market today. According to Paul Stamets, Lion’s Mane may be the first ‘smart’ mushroom.
- Protect brain health: Lion’s Mane can increase levels of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF in our brains which stimulates the growth and improves the survival and function of neurons (brain cells) in the brain. It also stimulates myelination – the process of covering brain cells in a protective sheath. These effects improve the health and function of our brains significantly and could help ward off age-related neurodegeneration.
- Improve mood & concentration: People report having better overall mood and higher levels of concentration.
- Treat Alzheimer’s disease: Alzheimer’s is caused by a buildup of clumps of proteins called β-amyloid plaques. These impair our brain’s ability to function and the result is Alzheimer’s. Lion’s Mane has been shown to reduce the size of these plaques and to improve learning of new skills.
- High in protein: Interestingly, Lion’s Mane is 20% protein and is considered to be a gourmet food when prepared properly.
Find more about this and other mushrooms on my article The Wonderful World of Mushrooms.