Lion's mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus)

Lion's Mane Mushroom

In our books Lions mane is 1 of the big 5, even though it's got nothing to do with an actual lion (One of South Africa's big 5), other than a vague resemblance (see below).

Lion head

(See the similarity in long strands between the friendly fungi and the man eating beast)

From what we've seen out there, there is a lot of talk on why we should be using Hericium erinaceus (Lions mane) as a supplement. Much of the science has been based on animal testing (which holds it's own flavor of bitter), and very little results have been successfully published on human tests. While we aren't a team of highly trained pharmacologists or doctors, we are a little excited about healthy living. The only thing we have definitively been able to prove, is that Lions Mane is tasty. 

Here's what Wiki will tell you:

 Scientific classification

Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Russulales
Family: Hericiaceae
Genus: Hericium
Species: H. erinaceus

 

 

 Mycological characteristics

  • No distinct cap
 

Other names for Hericium erinaceus: 

Lion's mane mushroom,
Monkey head mushroom,
Bearded tooth mushroom,
Satyr's beard,
Bearded hedgehog mushroom,
Pom pom mushroom, 
Bearded tooth fungus.


Native to North America, Europe and Asia it can be identified by its long spines (greater than 1 cm length), its appearance on hardwoods and it has a tendency to grow a single clump of dangling spines. Hericium erinaceus can be mistaken for other species of Hericium, all popular edibles, which grow across the same range. In the wild, these mushrooms are common during late summer and fall on hardwoods, particularly American beech.

 

Suggested Health benefits

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1. Protects and Regenerates the Brain and Nervous System:

By stimulating the production of nerve growth factor and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)

- Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health  

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health  

- Article for a magazine by a doctor.

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

 

2. Improves Cognitive Functioning, Memory and Ability to Focus:

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

 

3. Improves Mood and Helps Relieve Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression:

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Science Direct Journals and Books

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

 

4. Immune Support:

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Published report from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

 

 

and much much more.

Our Grow kits include a culture syringe and a Sterile PF Tek Kit with the necessary substrate for this strain.

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