Mane is a white, round medicinal mushroom used in Chinese medicine, named for
its shaggy spines that resemble a male lion’s luxurious mane. Today, people take Lion’s Mane supplements to stimulate
nerve growth and treat conditions like liver damage,[obesity and
even some types of cancer. And some researcher’s say the mushrooms might also
boost cognitive function and relieve depression and anxiety. We looked at the
research to find out if Lion’s Mane is a beneficial supplement that’s right for
Ancient Medicine Meets Modern Diseases
to China, Japan, North America and Europe, the Lion’s Mane mushroom is used a health
treatment. According to Braintropic,
Chinese medicine practitioners originally prescribed it as a restorative, and ancient
physicians used Lion’s Mane to treat what today we describe as neurodegenerative
diseases (Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.).
Mane could also increase levels of nerve growth factor (NGF), a brain protein
that supports plays brain plasticity, learning, brain health and memory.
In other words, NGF could protect our neurons and help regenerate connections
damaged by age, injury or disease.
Function and Memory
a cure for diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s is the Holy Grail of
medicine. And we’d all like to boost our brainpower and memory. According to Medical
News Today, it is “… possible that lion’s mane mushrooms (could) boost
cognitive function, but the existing research is mainly on animals.” Other research shows the mushrooms could
treat or prevent like Parkinson’s. The conclusion? This supplement shows
promise but more research is needed.
Get Your Lion’s Mane
If you want to give Lion’s Mane a try, eat the mushroom (cook until crispy to avoid a bitter taste) or ingest it as a supplement. Additionally, health food stores sell supplements in capsule, liquid, tablet or powder forms. However, the amount of Lion’s Mane in supplements varies and it’s important to read the instructions on the label carefully. In addition, discuss adding Lion’s Mane to your health regimen with your doctor or wellness practitioner before you begin. See Medical News Today for more information.
Learn more about supplements in this article on nutrition by Miraval.
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