Could Lion’s Mane Protect Against Dementia, Depression & Anxiety?

Could Lion’s Mane Protect Against Dementia, Depression & Anxiety?

Medicinal mushrooms are all the rage lately, but is the science there to back it up? In this article we’ll look at 3 promising ways Lion’s Mane Mushrooms could be used to support health, including protection against dementia, relieving depression and anxiety, and speeding up recovery from nervous system injuries.

Could lion’s mane protect against dementia?

Can Lion's Mane protect against dementia

 

The brain’s ability to grow and form new connections typically declines with age, so are we all destined for mental decline?

Emerging studies on the use of medical or functional mushrooms and the brain are showing otherwise!

A 2020 study of people with mild Alzheimer’s disease found that supplementation with 1 gram of lion’s mane mushroom daily for 49 weeks *significantly improved* cognitive test scores compared with a placebo. 

Lion’s mane mushrooms (aka Hericium erinaceus) contain compounds that stimulate brain cell growth and protect them from damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Could lion’s mane relieve depression and anxiety?

Could lion’s mane relieve depression and anxiety?

Nearly 40% of adults cite experiencing depression or anxiety and the rates keep climbing. But why?

There are many causes of anxiety and depression, but chronic inflammation could be a major contributing factor. And studies are now showing that lion’s mane may be helpful for reducing chronic inflammation.

Animal research has discovered that lion’s mane extract has anti-inflammatory effects that appear to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in mice.

Other animal studies have found that lion’s mane may regenerate brain cells and improve the functioning of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that processes memories and emotional responses. It’s believed that improved functioning of the hippocampus may explain the reductions in anxious and depressive behaviors.

We are anxiously (pun intended) waiting on human studies on the effect of lion’s mane on depression and anxiety! 

 

Could lion’s mane speed up recovery from nervous system injuries?

Could lion’s mane speed up recovery from nervous system injuries?

Your nervous system is made up of your brain, spinal cord and nerves. It carries messages between your brain and the rest of your body, and it’s essentially responsible for everything your body does!

Injuries to the brain, spinal cord, or nerves take many forms, but they commonly take a long time to heal. 

Studies are showing promising results that lion’s mane may aid in the recovery process of nervous system injuries by stimulating the growth and repair of nerve cells.

Studies have shown that out of 2000 different types of edible and/or medicinal mushrooms, only a few mushrooms have been selected until now for neurohealth activity. 

Hericium erinaceus is one of the well-established medicinal mushrooms for neuronal health. It has been documented for its regenerative capability in peripheral nerve.


What’s the dosage for lion’s mane?

There’s no standard dosage for lion’s mane or any other functional or medicinal mushrooms. The safest and most beneficial amount depends on factors like your age and overall health, so be sure to talk to your doctor about the right dose for you.

Animal studies suggest that lion’s mane mushroom and its extracts are very safe. However, allergic reactions in humans have been reported, so if you’re allergic to mushrooms you should avoid taking functional or medicinal mushrooms too!

For improving cognition, some researchers recommend 3 to 5 grams per day. 

In a 2020 study, people ages 50 and older with mild Alzheimer’s disease symptoms showed significantly improved cognitive function after taking three 350-mg lion’s mane capsules daily for 49 weeks. 


Meet Your New Friend, Lion’s Mane

Meet Lion's Mane

Lion’s Mane (a.k.a. hericium erinaceus) comes by its name honestly. It actually looks like a lion's mane when you see it growing off the side of a tree. However, some people think it looks a little "brain-like" and that does make sense considering its powers!

Learn more about our triple-extracted, sustainably sourced, organically processed Lion’s Mane tincture!

Grab the Lion's Mane Mushroom Tincture Here!

 

Sources / Studies:

Prevention of Early Alzheimer’s Disease by Erinacine A-Enriched Hericium erinaceus Mycelia Pilot Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study

Neurological Activity of Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

Latest Federal Data Show That Young People Are More Likely Than Older Adults to Be Experiencing Symptoms of Anxiety or Depression

Erinacine A-Enriched Hericium erinaceus Mycelium Produces Antidepressant-Like Effects through Modulating BDNF/PI3K/Akt/GSK-3β Signaling in Mice

Hericium erinaceus Extract Reduces Anxiety and Depressive Behaviors by Promoting Hippocampal Neurogenesis in the Adult Mouse Brain

Lion's Mane, Hericium erinaceus and Tiger Milk, Lignosus rhinocerotis (Higher Basidiomycetes) Medicinal Mushrooms Stimulate Neurite Outgrowth in Dissociated Cells of Brain, Spinal Cord, and Retina: An In Vitro Study

Hericium erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers., a medicinal mushroom, activates peripheral nerve regeneration

9 Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Plus Side Effects)

 

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