It’s easy to blame constant forgetfulness and inability to stay focused on stress or old age. Sometimes it can seem almost normal to endure these feelings past your sixtieth birthday. Although achieving complete mental clarity may seem like an endless uphill battle, why not look to some simple solutions?
If you want to reset your state of being in a natural way, then we have the solution for you! Have you heard of Lion’s mane? Lion’s mane extract -- or Hericium erinaceus -- comes from a large, white, wooly mushroom that has both culinary and medical uses and just might enhance your productivity.
Lion’s mane mushrooms can be consumed raw, cooked, dried, or steeped. Although it’s not the modern-day Botox injection, Lion’s mane is most commonly seen in over-the-counter heath supplements, and taking them can help take your daily performance to the next level.
Continue reading this article to learn:
- More about lion’s mane
- Why lion’s mane is important
- How long lion’s mane takes to work
- What lion’s mane long term effects are
What is Lion’s Mane?
Get familiar with this dietary supplement and why our bodies need it!
With so many health supplements on the market, it’s hard to know how many more bottles you can cram into your medicine cabinet. This is why it’s first important to learn the compound breakdown of Lion’s mane, so we can help you understand why Lion’s mane is nature's strongest nootropic product and bioactive substance.
Lion’s mane mushroom gets its name from its large, white, shaggy appearance as it grows, similar to that of a lion’s mane. In countries like China, India, Japan, and Korea, they are used both culinarily and medically. They can be used raw, cooked, dried, or even steeped as tea. Its flavor is described as “seafood-like.”
Since mushrooms are nutritional and functional, they produce physiologically beneficial medicines. Lion’s mane mushrooms contain hericenones and erinacines -- two special compounds -- that stimulate the growth of brain cells. These compounds then produce beneficial effects on the body, resulting in some of the following health benefits:
Protection against dementia
Lion’s mane has been found to contain two compounds that stimulate the growth of brain cells, hericenones and erinacines. Animal studies have found that lion’s mane may protect against Alzheimer’s and progressive memory loss. There have yet to be human studies performed to test the effects on human brains, but the results are still promising.
Depression and anxiety relief
Studies have shown that lion’s mane can improve the function of the hippocampus, which is the area of the brain responsible for processing memories and emotional responses.
Speedy nervous system recoveries
The brain, spinal cord, and other nerves work together to send signals throughout the body, controlling bodily functions. Injuries to any of these areas can be extremely serious. Lion’s mane may be able to stimulate the growth of nerve cells, speeding up recovery from these injuries.
Digestive tract ulcer protection
In test tube studies, lion’s mane appeared to prevent the growth of H. pylori, which leads to stomach ulcers and damage to the stomach lining. It can also reduce inflammation to treat other areas of the intestines as well.
Reduced risk of heart disease
Heart disease can be caused by obesity, high fat intake, and high cholesterol. But lion’s mane can reduce some of these risks by improving fat metabolism and lowering triglyceride levels.
Diabetic symptom relief
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas can no longer create insulin to control blood sugar levels. While diabetes can’t be cured, lion’s mane may be beneficial in managing it by making blood sugar easier to control and reducing other potential side effects.
Reduced risk of cancer
Researchers found that when lion’s mane was mixed with human cancer cells in a test tube, the cancer cells died at a faster rate. The study also indicated that lion’s mane slowed the spread of cancer. However, this research is very new and has yet to be replicated.
Our immune systems protect us from bacteria and viruses to keep us from getting sick. If our immune systems are weakened, we are more at risk for getting diseases. Lion’s mane can help prevent this by “increasing the activity of the intestinal immune system,” protecting the body from many pathogens that enter through the mouth or nose.
When Lion’s Mane is enhanced with Bioperine -- a black pepper extract -- it increases chances of absorption and thus quicker health benefits. Bioperine has a long track record of being used as a bioavailability enhancer for the past 20 years -- resulting in increased nutrient distribution in humans. Interested in learning more about what research says about these findings? Let’s talk about what daily Lion’s mane intake can do for any of your existing health conditions.
Lion’s Mane and Cognitive Function
Learning more about how lion’s mane can aid existing health conditions.
If you are constantly forgetting things and reaching for your phone during work, you’ve probably blamed it on unrelated external factors. It’s easy to let these symptoms slide, but it’s important to not only keep our bodies looking young but feeling young as well.
An animal study showed a reduction in symptoms of memory loss in mice after intake of Lion’s mane mushrooms and its extracts. No similar study has been conducted to analyze the specific effects of Alzheimer’ disease -- though a study in older adults with cognitive impairment showed signs of mental function improvement.
Overall Lion’s mane works to stimulate the growth of brain cells, and then protects them from further damage. Though more human research is needed, a daily and consistent Lion’s mane intake schedule remains important to see results.
Lion’s Mane in live action
What studies show us about how long lion’s mane takes to work.
Dr. Emil Nutrition’s Lion’s mane formula not only improves overall cognitive function, but also provides long term support seen in effective immune support and reduced inflammation. The first step to looking and feeling your best is having a strong immune system to protect the body from bacteria, viruses, and other infectious diseases.
As previously mentioned, further human research is needed, but we do know that our capsules are created with 100% pure Lion’s mane extract powder from hand-picked, USA grown mushrooms. In addition to being non-GMO, gluten-free, pesticide-free, with no antibiotics or synthetic hormones added.
We recommend three tablets of Lion’s mane a day, with at least eight oz. of water, or as directed by a healthcare professional. A study among older adults with mild cognitive impairment showed significant improved mental functioning after consuming 3 grams of Lion’s Mane daily over the period of 4 months.
But don’t just take our word for the results seen with daily use!
“My mind was blown when I immediately noticed a difference in focus after using this supplement. I am currently studying for the LSAT and I knocked out three practices in the time it usually takes me to do 2 (this is a big difference). I actually finished all 3 practice tests about 15 min ahead of the allotted time frame, which is very hard to do and I haven't done so before this using product…” -Amazon Review
Understanding Lion’s Mane in your daily life
What this Non-GMO, gluten free formula can do for you now.
What makes Lion’s mane a true winner is its scientific track record and pairing with BioPerine, giving consumers an edge on absorption and nutrient distribution. So stop scrolling on social media and include this supplement into your morning regimen.
Starting a new dietary supplement can be a daunting experience. You’ve taken the first step by reading through this article. Now what? Consulting your healthcare professional is a great next step. If you have any additional questions or would like to discuss your supplement intake plan with Dr. Emil, contact us today!