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January 05, 2021 3 min read

In recent years, there’s been greater priority placed on people’s health and wellness. People are more conscious of what they ingest into their bodies, increasing the interest in and demand for healthy foods and products.

Many people opt to consume organic foods to increase the vitality of both their bodies and their minds and live more fulfilling and productive lives.* One of those foods is lion’s mane mushrooms where they derive the  mushroom powder that can support and benefit overall brain function.*

What exactly is lion’s mane mushroom powder, and how can it support your long-term cognitive health? Let’s look into that

What is lion’s mane?

Lion’s mane is a type of mushroom that grows on hardwood trees. It receives its nickname from the white shaggy top of the mushroom that resembles the flow of a lion’s mane. In medicinal and clinical groups, lion’s mane mushrooms are known asHericium erinaceus,  according to WebMD.

Lion’s mane mushrooms have been used for centuries in East Asian cultures. The mushrooms are used in traditional Chinese, Japanese, and other cultural cuisines to add zest to prepared meals and to ingest the herbalism benefits of the mushrooms in an organic way.*

As East Asian cultural practices and herbal medicines were adopted into western culture, the demand for organic remedies like lion’s mane mushrooms grew with that rising interest. In particular, plant-based lion’s mane mushroom powder became a very popular product, which has been packaged into powdered mixes and  sachets containing rhodiola root, an adaptogen known to help support the body’s cognitive function.*

Benefits of lion’s mane powder

Lion’s mane mushroom powder contains many nutrients that occasionally  benefit the overall function of both the body and the mind.*It targets and delivers beneficial compounds that help maintain an already healthy inflammatory response, which is important as we age.*

 According to Healthline, lion’s mane mushrooms contain bioactive substances that can support the body’s cognitive function and overall health.* Additionally,the mycelial portion of Lion's Mane nourishes and produces the fruiting body, which is a rich source of the unique compounds associated with the mushroom's brain health benefits.*

Lion’s mane brain benefits

Lion’s mane can be enhanced when combined withrhodiola rosea root, an adaptogen that promotes good health and assists with cognitive performance.* Professional athletes have used rhodiola to help ward off fatigue, promote physical fitness and endurance, as well as support cognitive function.* Lion’s mane powder provided by Rritual also contains traces of bacopa monnieri, an Aryuvedic herb, included for its ability to support and maintain healthy brain function.*

How to use lion’s mane mushroom powder

There are two easy ways to make  use of lion’s mane mushrooms. One way involves the full mushroom in culinary meals, and the other involves the powder that can be ground up and extracted from the mushroom itself.

For the mushroom as part of meal preparation, you can cook lion’s mane in the same manner that you would any other mushrooms. You can  follow recipes that recommend grilling the mushroom on the barbeque or wrapped in foil that’s grilled in the oven. This will lock in flavorful spices and marinade sauces into the mushroom’s roots and add additional tasty layers once the cooking is complete, all the while locking in the fiber, protein, and nutrients within the mushroom’s white roots.

You can purchase pre-packaged, plant-based lion’s mane powder, such as the Rritual superfood elixirs, and easily add it to a hot beverage of your choosing. This format allows you to enjoy the benefits of lion’s mane powder without having to do the work of preparing the powder yourself.  Simply boil hot water or heat up a cup of your favorite non-dairy or dairy milk and add one scoop of lion’s mane powder, stir to create a warm and comforting beverage. 

Final thoughts

Lion’s mane mushroom powder is rooted in oak trees, but it's reach and reputation as a potential boost to the body’s cognitive functions has expanded across the globe.* If you’re interested in learning more about lion’s mane powder before you make it part of your regular dietary regimen, you can read up on  what to look for when buying lion’s mane.

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