10 Potential Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract
4. Antioxidant (decreases oxidative stress)
5. Neuron protection and repair
6. Optimises cognitive function
7. Gut supportive
8. Promotes balanced lipid levels
9. Helps optimise immune function
10. Improves cardio-vascular health
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract – Nutrition and Health Benefits
Traditional Uses of Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Hericium erinaceus is the Latin name for one of the most valued culinary mushrooms in Japan and China. With a protein content of about 22% and a wide range of minerals and ergosterol, it represents a nutrient-dense food source.
For hundreds of years the mushroom we know as Lion’s Mane (Yamabushitake in Japanese) was consumed as part of the versatile Asian diet. Over time people noticed that stews and soups made with the mushroom – essentially mushroom extracts – helped to alleviate pain from gastric/stomach issues.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history of using Lion’s Mane to treat ulcers and gastritis, maintain digestive health, fortify the spleen and protect the liver. Practitioners of TCM also administer the mushroom as an anticancer drug, especially for gastric and oesophageal cancer.
Scientific Research on Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Modern science is increasingly recognising the properties of Lion’s Mane and the concentrated extracts derived from it, explaining the reasons for gastric support and other health benefits that this delicious mushroom has to offer.
Rich in the powerful 1,3-1,6 beta-D-glucans, known for their role in supporting optimum immune function, balancing blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol, Hericium erinaceus is also a source of other secondary compounds.
Two of the most known actives are hericenones and erinacines. Having low molecular weight, they are able to pass the blood-brain barrier and potentiate the production of nerve growth factor (NGF). In short, NGF is a protein that helps repair neurons and reduce inflammatory processes in both the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Scientists have linked low levels of NGF to cognitive decline and motor deficits, but NGF is also involved in, for example, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and depression.
Lion’s Mane Extract for Nervous System and Brain Health
Lion’s Mane is thus believed to enhance cognitive abilities like concentration, reasoning, learning, and memory and could even assist in improving neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
In fact, a large volume of scientific data indicates the potential of Lion’s Mane extract in the prevention and reversal of neurological damage. It may, for instance, speed up recovery from peripheral nerve injuries caused by trauma or diseases and help patients following a stroke.
Moreover, a recent clinical trial conducted by Japanese psychologists on menopausal women points to Lion’s Mane extract being beneficial in elevating the mood and relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Lion’s Mane Extract Powder from Nutri-Fungi
A general rule for a good-quality mushroom extract is good-quality mushroom material. We use organically cultivated, hand-picked Lion’s Mane fruiting bodies, which are then extracted to produce our completely natural, nutrient-dense mushroom extract powder.
Our extract is guaranteed to be free from fillers like starch and grain and additives of any kind. What you get is 100% pure Lion’s Mane mushroom extract. For more information about what we do and how we do it, pop over to our YouTube channel.
Why our Mushroom Extract Powders?
In the description of mushroom containing products you can often see the word ‘powder’. Mushroom powder means the mushroom fruiting bodies are dried and ground into powder. Such products have little or no health benefits. The bioactive components are inside the mushroom cellular wall and without extraction they are not in bioavailable form.
Some companies use mycelium extracts, which are incomparable to extracts from fruiting bodies in their content of 1,3-1,6 beta-D-glucans, diterpenes, triterpenes and other beneficial compounds. Nutri-Fungi extracts are obtained from nothing but mushroom fruiting bodies and contain no mycelium.
Also, labels or descriptions often include the word ‘ratio’. Companies use this misleading term to advocate the quality of their products. But it is simple – the only thing that matters is the content of the scientifically proven bioactive ingredients. It is these tiny compounds, hidden inside mushroom cellular walls, that we really want, not mycelium powders, mushroom powders or acclaimed ratio used.
When buying our certified organic mushroom extract powders, you actually get a lot for your money. Some companies put mushroom extracts in capsules and sell these as food supplement. A standard capsule contains no more than 250-400 mg of extract. Hence 2 grams of our extract would be the content of 5-8 capsules of pricey mushroom supplement!
How to Take Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract Powder
Medicinal mushrooms are a great source of nutrients, so please treat them as high-quality food! We only offer high-potency organic certified medicinal mushroom extracts. They are also rich in important bioactive ingredients and are very easy to take.
- Our suggestion is you start with 1-2 grams per day and see how it feels.
- Some people like to take the mushroom extract straight into the mouth and swallow it with water or any other liquid.
- Others like to put the extract into shakes, smoothies, hot drinks and soups or even sprinkle it on breakfast cereals. You can basically incorporate Lion’s Mane mushroom extract into any recipe. As tastes differ from person to person, we encourage you to explore and find what works best for you!
How to Make Lion’s Mane Mushroom Coffee
The recipe is as easy as can be! Just brew your coffee as you usually would, add half a teaspoon of Lion’s Mane mushroom extract powder and stir well. There you have it, your natural daily nootropic (i.e. brain booster)!
Aside from encouraging your cognitive performance and nervous system health, Lion’s Mane mushroom coffee can supply you with an added dose of antioxidants and help strengthen your immune defence. Bear in mind, though, that mushroom extracts are most effective when taken regularly.
That said, you can also give our richly flavoured organic mushroom coffee a try! We make it with premium-quality freeze-dried arabica beans enriched with Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Turkey Tail extracts. Each serving contains 1 gram of each mushroom, 3 grams of extract in total. The blend is also available in practical sachets.
Nutri-Fungi Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract is:
- Certified organic
- 100% pure
Added starch, Grain, Fillers, Additives, Mycelium, GMO, Gluten, Dairy, Lactose, Egg, Sugar, Salt, Palm oil, Nuts, Soy, Yeast, Allergens
One common thing about medicinal mushrooms is that they offer an incredibly wide range of health benefits and usually have no adverse effect. However, just like any other concentrated food product, the experience may vary from one person to another we suggest you monitor yourself. In case you experience an adverse effect – please stop taking the extract. Remember – you know your body better than anyone else and it is your privilege to care for yourself!
- The above listed information is purely for educational purposes.
- Please consume our products along with a healthy and balanced diet.
- None of our products mean to prevent, treat or cure a disease or condition.