4 Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane (#3 Will Surprise You!)
Lion’s Mane mushrooms have been used for centuries in Eastern medicine for their beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain. This magical mushroom is considered to be one of the world’s #1 brain boosting foods.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms gets its name from its distinctive look: these white shaggy mushrooms resemble a lion’s mane as it grows! Lion’s Mane is one of the most well-researched mushrooms when it comes to brain health.
Here are 4 lion’s mane benefits that we’re obsessed with:
Your brain naturally slows down as you age. Lack of focus & loss of memory are part of the aging process and caused by shrinking neurons, or nerve cells.
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Lion’s Mane mushroom (H.erinaceus) is considered to be a nootropic food, which means it has the ability to enhance cognitive function - particularly, memory, creativity, motivation, and focus.
One particular study shows that Lion’s Mane mushrooms contain two special bioactive compounds, hericenones and erinacines, that can help promote synthesis of brain cells. (1). Who doesn’t want MORE brain cells?
But it gets better! Another study demonstrates that Lion’s Mane mushroom is effective in improving mild cognitive impairment in humans.
“A double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trial was performed on 50- to 80-year-old Japanese men and women diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment in order to examine the efficacy of oral administration of Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus), an edible mushroom, for improving cognitive impairment, using a cognitive function scale” (2).
Lion’s Mane has the power to enhance brain function. Time to give your brain a RECHARGE.
Need a mid-afternoon boost? If you’re staring at your computer screen for 30 minutes reading and re-reading the same email draft, then you may need to RECHARGE. I’ve been there! Did you know that Lion’s Mane mushrooms are known for their ability to improve focus while promoting learning & memory?
Lion’s Mane helps reduce inflammation which improves blood flow and provides the brain with more oxygen. More oxygen = BTR Brain! With more oxygen to the brain, you can concentrate better, pay more attention to detail, and focus on the task at hand.
In addition, Lion’s Mane is packed with antioxidants that may possibly promote brain cell growth to increase memory.
I was super excited to discover the science behind Lion’s Mane & immunity in this research study! In a nutshell, the polysaccharides found in Lion’s Mane mushrooms “improve immune function by functionally enhancing cell-mediated and humoral immunity, macrophage phagocytosis, and cell activity.” (3).
As a women-owned business, one study I found particularly interesting speaks to the impact of Lion’s Mane on depression and anxiety in women. “Concentration,” “irritation,” and “anxiety” tended to be lower in the group of women who consumed Lion’s Mane in comparison to the placebo group without Lion’s Mane (4). This research is an excellent start to better understanding the impact of Lion’s Mane mushroom on depression and the ability to boost mood.
A BTR mood helps you live your best life!
As you can see, Lion’s Mane is a POWERHOUSE! Known and valued for its neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory properties, Lion’s Mane is the ultimate brain-boosting food. No wonder it’s one of the key ingredients in our brain-boosting RECHARGE bar infused with additional superfoods & adaptogens to promote focus and sharpen your thinking!