Lion's Mane is rapidly gaining popularity to support nervous system health, including healthy mood and brain aging, as well as mental clarity and focus, hence it's nickname - 'the brain mushroom'. Mane and brain rhyme too, so it's nice and easy to remember. Interestingly, Lion's Mane was traditionally used by Buddhist Monks to support focus during their meditation practice - from ancient times to the present day.
What is Lion's Mane?
Lion's Mane is a super impressive Functional Mushroom that has it all. It's got the personality, an interesting traditional use, and history; the looks - it really does look like a white luxurious Lion's mane; and the brains - there is impressive research on its brain health support.
Lion's Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is part of the Functional Mushroom family. This group of fungi are prized for their health supporting properties - some have been used in the East for thousands of years. Lion's Mane grows on dead trunks of hardwood tress like oak, beech and Japanese walnut. Not to mention, it's beautiful to look at too.
Special compounds in Lion’s Mane
Lion’s Mane has lots of interesting health supporting compounds, including:
- Polysaccharides – this insoluble fiber offers prebiotic support, for a healthy bowel microbiome
- Beta glucans – these have been shown to support healthy robust immune function
- Hericenone – this compound supports healthy levels of NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) in the brain, which in turn supports mental clarity and focus
- Antioxidants – they provide protection against free radical damage, for healthy aging and cellular health.
The health benefits
Research shows that Lion's Mane is the Functional Mushroom to choose if you're looking to support overall brain and nervous system wellness. In traditional Chinese practice, dating back hundreds of years, Lion's Mane is used to support a healthy, happy mood and feelings of relaxation. A 2009 study in Japan shows that Lion's Mane supports healthy brain aging, including mental clarity and focus. Research published in 2010 also shows that Lion's Mane is useful to support a healthy buoyant mood and relaxed outlook - for this particular study the Lion's Mane extract was baked into cookies... delicious!
How to use Lion's Mane
As well as being an excellent supplement to support brain and mental wellness, the fruiting body of Lion’s Mane is a popular ingredient in Chinese and Japanese culinary dishes, and in gourmet cooking. Its flavour is mild and delicate, making it super versatile. Lion's Mane is available as a liquid elixir, as a powder, as well as in powdered mushroom blends. Try adding your choice of these to hot water to make a tonic or tea or sprinkling powder on baking and desserts. It can be added to savoury dishes too.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom nutrition facts
Lion's Mane itself is suitable to take if you're following a paleo, keto, low carb or vegan diet. Lion's Mane extract tends to be fairly low in macro nutrients - that is carbs, protein and fat. If you're following a particular diet, choosing a powder without other ingredients is your best option.
Lion's Mane contraindications
Lion's Mane is generally well tolerated and there are no known adverse effects when taken at the recommended dose. If you are taking medications, it's always a good idea to check with your health professional before you start taking a new supplement. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch - our friendly customer care love helping people choose the best product for their health goals.
Our top picks
Wondering where to buy Lion's Mane? Our range of Lion’s Mane has something to suit everyone. From energy support to mental clarity and brain health support, here are some of our top Lion's Mane products.
This Lion's Mane powdered extract is wild crafted, which is the process of harvesting plants from their natural habitat. For nervous system support, take one teaspoon daily. Superfeast is a Mindful Brand that's committed to transparency across their supply chain. They're also socially responsible - with people at the heart of every decision - and use environmentally sustainable practices to look after the health of our planet. This Lion's Mane Powder can be used to make an instant tea - just add hot water and sweeten if needed.
This elixir mix can be made into a delicious liquid tonic. It features Lion's Mane for your brain, in combination with Rhodiola - an adaptogen herb that supports healthy mental and physical energy, as well as happy mood. This combination makes the formula an excellent morning tonic for when you're after some get-up-and-go. It's naturally caffeine free, so it's an ideal coffee substitute - just add hot water and enjoy. Alternatively, you can add it to your morning brew to level-up your coffee.
If you're looking for ways to care for your nervous system, this Lion's Mane extract could be just what you're after. To support healthy mood, in addition to mental clarity and focus, take ½ a teaspoon in the morning. Being a powder gives the added bonus of prebiotic fibre to support a healthy bowel microbiome, which in turn supports overall wellness. The powder if super easy to add to your smoothie, coffee, or baking recipes.
This is a liquid Lion's Mane extract to support overall brain health. It's made with a base of Kakadu plum, which is high in antioxidants and adds a nice fruity flavour. Research shows that consistency is key when it comes to functional mushrooms, so ideally this is an everyday supplement. This vegan friendly extract offers the ease and convenience of a liquid, and you only need to take 2ml per day, so it's super simple. It's heat stable so it can even be added to your herbal tea. The fruity flavour of the Kakadu plum makes this ideal to add to your favourite fruit smoothie or dessert recipes.
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