Lion's Mane Dosing Optimization
What dose is right for supplementing this smart-mushroom?*
Lion’s mane, also known as Yamabushitake, has been on the rise recently, and for good reason. The whiskered mushroom has amassed popularity for its ability to potentially support a healthy gut balance, stable moods, and focus.* Whether you’re interested in using a tincture like our Lion’s Mane Focus Tincture, using powdered pills, or cooking fresh fruiting bodies, the optimal dose matters!*
Getting the right amount of nutrition from foods we know and love can be hard enough, let alone from new mushrooms we’re implementing into our diet. As with all foods and supplements, getting the right dose depends on your age, health, and what you want to get out of your supplement.*
As an added caution, watch out for filler ingredients in your supplement products. When it comes to Lion’s Mane, it’s important to make sure your source contains the fruit body. When growing Lion’s Mane on a solid substrate, the mycelium becomes ingrained in the substrate that it’s grown on becomes difficult to separate--contributing to more starches and less active mushroom benefits.* Our Lion’s Mane tincture contains 100% fruit-body to ensure you’re getting the beneficial beta-glucans without the added filler hidden under “polysaccharides”. If you’re curious about the discernment of the right constituents in your mushroom supplement, explore our post about polysaccharides and beta-glucans.
Say you’ve secured a pure fruit-body source of Lion’s Mane, now it’s time to determine the right amount for consumption.
A Lion's Mane Tincture
A Lion’s Mane tincture is a great way to quickly get your daily mushroom dose. We personally prefer tincture supplements because we enjoy their vibrant taste and multifaceted usage. Tinctures also usually have a higher absorption rate. Typically, a dropper under the tongue is a great way to get the morning started, but tinctures can also be added to food and drinks to create a healthy supporting concoction.*
When looking at dosage for a tincture, it’s important to look at the ratio of the weight of the herb or mushroom (Lion’s Mane in our case) vs. the volume of solvent, known as the weight-to-volume ratio. Our Lion’s Mane tincture at Mushroom Revival provides a 1:1 ratio of weight to volume. A tincture with a lower weight-to-volume ratio (say 1:5) has less potency because it uses the same amount of plant matter but more solvent to extract it.
We recommend taking two squeezes using the dropper bulb of our lion’s mane tincture, however it’s great to explore based on your body and needs. When starting out with a tincture from any source, you many want to start with a smaller dose and see if you notice any effects. Individual results may vary and exploration is encouraged.
Lion's Mane Tablet Supplements
In a clinical trial studying Lion’s Mane’s effectiveness, participants were given a 250mg tablet dose. This seems to be a generally accepted starting dose for tablets of Lion’s Mane. At the 250mg tablet dose, Lion’s Mane may help support healthy cognitive function.* Whatever source you acquire your supplement from will typically have a suggested dosage on the label. We typically recommend following the label given on supplement bottles, however having additional dosage information can help you make more educated decisions.
Cooking with Lion's Mane Mushrooms
Though supplementation is a great way to get your Lion’s Mane boost, many shop for the shroom at their local markets seeking a delicious taste and meaty texture. The fruit-body, or the mushroom you typically find at the markets, is full of nutrients atop its mouthwatering flavor.*
If you’re one to cook with lion’s mane in the kitchen, you may be aware of its delicate nature and easy ability to become bruised. It’s important to clean your lion’s mane with either a paper towel or a pastry brush. This helps keep the mushroom from getting overly soggy or mushy. 100 grams of lion’s mane contains 35 calories and 7g of carbohydrates, alongside 2.4 grams of protein.* Lion’s Mane also contains potassium and iron.*
Using Lion’s Mane in your cooking can provide benefits and are a great source of nutrients and they also provide wonderful taste and consistency especially if you’re looking for a plant-based option.
When it comes to Lion’s Mane, feel free to experiment with the right amount for you. If you’re looking for stable support to maintain normal cognitive health, a daily regimen is a great objective.* We recommend two droppers per day of our Lion’s Mane FOCUS tincture to support overall health and well being.*