Lion’s mane is another super mushroom from the far east used in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). Typically seen stuck to trees its a large pompom shaped white mushroom with other funny names including hedgehog mushroom and old mans beard. This mushroom has major potential health benefits stemming out of its anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and antioxidant properties. being anti-inflammatory lions mane has been studied to decrease depression and increase sleep quality. Lion’s mane has also been proven to increase brain function and has been shown to cause neuron growth in mice. The ability to spur nerve growth can be applied to aid in individuals with nerve damage as it has been shown to aid in the memory and recognition in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.
Other potential benefits
- Immune system boost
- Increased cardiovascular health
- Aid for nerve pain
- Sleep cycle regulation
As a Nootropic
Loin’s mane mushroom has been found in to increase cognitive abilities in older adults and Buddhist monks have been said to use this mushroom in teas to aid in concentration and meditative abilities.
Lion’s mane is typically sold in powder or capsule form. many users mix the pure powder form into tea or coffee.