Lion’s Mane Properties: A Fungal Nootropic* – Mushroom Revival

Lion’s Mane Properties: A Fungal Nootropic*

Lion’s Mane Properties Are One of A Kind

Lion’s mane, or hericium erinaceus, is a highly researched functional mushroom. It is most reputable for its effective ability to support and  cognitive functions. Distinctive both in its physical properties and functional properties, lion’s mane is unique in the way it performs in our bodies. This trending nootropic is getting the attention it deserves, and is quickly competing for the best selling tincture at Mushroom Revival. Read on to discover why people are raving about lion’s mane medicinal properties.

Lion’s Mane Properties: Promote Your Mental Performance

Lion’s mane isn’t just supportive to neural ailments, but it also has the ability to promote cognitive function. This is where its nootropic qualities come in. Compounds in the mushroom known as hericenones and erinacines (named after the mushroom’s taxonomy) support nerve growth factor (NGF), which is crucial for the maintenance, growth, proliferation, and survival of neurons. Compounds support the myelin sheath and, therefore, support proper circulation of electrical communication among channels in the brain.

Myelin is extremely important. It is an insulating layer that forms around all nerves, including those in the brain and spinal cord. Proper insulation allows for the quick and efficient transmission of electrical impulses within nerve cells. Damaged myelin results in decreased speed and efficiency, which makes our brains susceptible to the buildup of plaque. 

Animal studies and in vitro studies show that hericium extracts supported the repair of axons, dendrites, and myelin within nerve cells. In vitro studies are being conducted, and show promising results for neural support. And lion’s mane properties don’t stop there. The mushroom has also been shown to be beneficial to GI tract health, supporting stomach health and immune function.

Paul Stamets on Lion's Mane Properties

Renowned mycologist Paul Stamets points out two particular mouse studies that have implications for lion’s mane properties. In one study, mice were put in a maze with food hidden in one of the corridors. They quickly learned their way through the maze and were able to use their memory to return to the site. They were then injected with a plaque-forming toxin, which caused confused behavior, and their performance dwindled. Lion’s mane was then introduced to their diet. After a few weeks of daily consumption of lion’s mane, the mice’s behavior normalized, suggesting lion's mane supports neurological function.*

The second study is a bit more interesting. One hundred mice were put in an arena, and a toy was placed in the middle of the cage. The mice showed a general curiosity and interest in the object. Toys were switched out and with each new toy, the same level of curiosity was observed. A neurotoxin was then released to the mice, and they quickly became uninterested in, and unfazed with new toys. After a few weeks of being given lion’s mane, curiosity was shown to increase, suggesting lion's mane is supportive in myelin sheath was repair.

Experience Lion’s Mane Properties

Here at Mushroom Revival, our staff often takes servings of lion’s mane before mentally demanding tasks. We feel and love the effects, and hope that you can too! Experience lion’s mane medicinal properties yourself with our organically grown, full-spectrum tinctures made in house.