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May 10, 2021 3 min read
Lion’s mane is a white, shaggy-haired mushroom - which is grown most commonly in Northern parts of Europe, Asia and even the United States. The mushroom tends to grow on hardwood surfaces in woodland areas. Used in Eastern medicine for centuries, this healing plant medicine also has a stimulating nerve growth factor (NGF) on the brain.‡ For more information on ‘what is lion’s mane mushroom powder?’ you can check out this article, here.
Just like reishi, chaga and other superfood mushroom adaptogens, lion’s mane can help to maintain and support an already healthy functioning immune and digestive system.‡ Being 20% protein, they also act as a good substitute for meat, and can be used in a similar way to tofu or jackfruit in vegan dishes. Their nutritional density is a source of antioxidants, which can also help the body to adapt to stress and maintain an overall sense of wellbeing.‡
The most interesting aspect of lion’s mane mushroom is likely to be its nerve growth factor (NGF), which has a number of benefits on the brain.‡ NGF is a type of protein which contributes to a healthy functioning nervous system. In this article, we will explore the relationship between lion’s mane, memory and nerve support.
Because lion’s mane is linked to assisting and supporting the brain and body in healthy cognitive functioning‡, this naturally includes an area which has been heavily researched for decades in the world of science and research: memory. But do lion’s mane, memory and nerve support really have any kind of connection? Healthy cognitive functioning is linked to memory, as a healthy, sharp mind should have better recollection power.
One research study, printed in 2009, supplied 30 adults with mild cognitive impairment (inclusive of memory) with either a placebo or lion’s mane extract for 16 weeks. Participants in the lion’s mane group showed a more significant cognitive improvement (inclusive of memory) when placed against the members of the placebo group. The cognitive test scores decreased once the participants stopped taking the extract.
This study, though an earlier stand alone human example, is a good demonstration of a positive link between lion’s mane, memory and nerve support.‡ The use of lion’s mane extract suggested a sense of overall better cognitive functioning in humans, with the potential to support and maintain memory functions of the brain and body.‡
The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord and an intertwined, complex structure of nerves which run throughout the body. These segments work together to transmit signals which control almost all of our bodily functions.
Lion’s mane may help to maintain and support the normal development and function of nerves.‡ Due to their NGF, lion’s mane may also assist the body in supporting already healthy nerves from becoming damaged, which further explains the connection between lion’s mane, memory and nerve support.‡
The network of nerves which run outside (on the peripheral) of the Central Nervous System, is known as the Peripheral Nervous System - inclusive of sensory nerves, motor nerves and autonomic nerves. These systems are responsible for transmitting sensations, controlling muscles and regulating automatic functions of the body (to name a few key functions). Some research (such as the study mentioned below) suggests lion’s mane may be able to assist the body in repairing these nerve cells, due to their rich source of nutrients and in-depth list of unique benefits.‡
This study suggests further links between lion’s mane memory and nerve support, though more research needs to be conducted in this area.‡
Eager to try lion’s mane for yourself? For a delicious latte that can also help to maintain and support your brain health‡, we suggest mixing a serving of the Elixir or one scoop of our Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder Mix into 6-8 oz of your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk, heated up. This unlikely combination, enhances the natural peanut flavor of astragalus root, as well as, the citrusy and berry notes of schisandra berry to create a delicious and satisfying peanut buttery beverage.
You can read more about how to use lion’s mane mushroom powder here. See if you notice a difference in your overall mood, stress levels, concentration and cognitive functioning.‡ Explore the connection between lion’s mane, memory and nerve support for yourself. You can even enjoy your powdered mix (or elixir stick) with smoothies and soups for versatility. Lion’s mane is thought of to be more of an energizer, so we recommend trying it out anytime from morning until early afternoon for best results.
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