LION’S MANE MUSHROOM SUPPORTS MORE THAN JUST THE BRAIN*
How Does Lion's Mane Promote Nerve Growth Factor?*
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a beautiful, whitish, furry-looking mushroom found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Today, this mushroom is known for its neurological support, as studies show its ability to promote the production of nerve growth factor (NGF).* NGF is involved in maintaining and organizing the function of neurons in the central nervous system, which promotes long-term health in our body. Normal levels of NGF in the brain can help the brain stay healthy as we age. With this in mind (pun intended), let’s look at the support Lion’s Mane offers for brain health as well as longevity.*
Lion’s Mane helps support the rest of the body, too.* Let’s take a closer look.
Lion’s Mane Support Beyond the Brain*
Lion’s Mane has long been used to support the body, both including and beyond the brain.* Native Americans would often carry powdered Lion’s Mane with them and applied it topically to the skin.* Traditionally, this mushroom has been used in China to promote gastrointestinal health, too.*
Lion’s Mane has also been used in the kitchen. It can be found on menus of gourmet restaurants as a substitute for seafood dishes, providing a tasty source of fiber and protein. You might even see it at your local farmers market. Lion’s Mane is rich with macro- and micro-nutrients, including magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.* Check out this blog for some tasty Lion’s Mane recipes! To incorporate even more mushrooms into your diet, check out our Daily 10 Mushroom Mix which goes great in recipes and drinks.
A Powerful Plant Ally for Whole Body Health*
Lion’s Mane has been found to be rich in antioxidants.* Studies demonstrate that through its antioxidant activity, Lion’s Mane extracts support the body by promoting glycemic health and supporting liver function.* Getting a daily serving of Lion’s Mane, as a food or an extract, is a simple step toward promoting health and well-being.*
Lion’s Mane for Mood Support
Lion’s Mane can also offer support for a healthy mood.* As a tonic for the nervous system, Lion’s Mane promotes the health and vitality of our nervous system.*
Your peripheral nervous system (PNS) is a vast web of neural tissue that extends past the brain and spinal cord to the nerves themselves. Each nerve has a sheath, the health and vitality of which must be maintained. (Think of it like the coated wires on your headphones — they’ll still work if the coating wears away, but optimally those wires would be covered!) Nerve tonics such as Lion’s Mane maintain the health of nerves themselves, helping to support calm and ease.*
If you’re curious about how else Lion’s Mane effects could become a part of your daily life, check out our Lion’s Mane and Daily 10 tinctures. To read more about Lion’s Mane, visit our other blog post!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.