Lion’s Mane and Brain Health

Lion’s Mane and Brain Health

Several years ago there was a global interactive exhibit called Human Bodies

It was set up in all major cities and also was a traveling show, something like Circe du Soleil but for medical nerds.

For those that got a chance to see the exhibit, it blew our minds.

The unique preservation technique they used called ‘plastination’ gave us a window into our bodies.

Plastination was very revelatory when used to view the human nervous system as a whole, from the brain, down to the spinal cord, and through to the tips of every limb. Creating a silhouette made of tubes, veins, and capillaries.

The human nervous system is many things, and one of those is an information highway. 

Encompassing the brain, spinal cord, and nerves; the nervous system regulates movement, speech, swallowing, breathing, learning, sense, mood, and more.

Chronic issues with the nervous system can arise from a genetic predisposition, as a degenerative disease, or even as a by-product of trauma. Infinitely complex and still greatly underestimated.

The National Library of Medicine defines it as: 

Neurodegenerative disease is defined as a deterioration of the nervous system’s intellectual and cognitive capabilities. Statistics show that more than 80-90 million individuals age 65 and above in 2050 may be affected by neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.”

Finding treatment for such diseases can be challenging and time-consuming. Neurology can have various sub-specialties and are likely to require a specialist when looking to diagnose a slower and more progressive set of symptoms.

 

Lion’s Mane, an ancient remedy

 

Conventional pharmaceuticals can sometimes have side effects and counter-indications without necessarily providing progressive treatment or healing. 

And so, medical research has continued to look for possible solutions to these painful and debilitating issues. A good place to start looking for remedies is in the history books. 

The lion’s mane mushroom has been used for many years in the East and is no stranger to high praise.

 

Lion's Mane
The Lion’s Mane mushroom

Used by Buddhist monks, yet spread throughout the continent of Asia, Lion’s Mane is culturally known for its anti-inflammatory,  neurodegenerative, and neuroprotective properties.

As far back as 2012, the National Library of Medicine published an article called: 

“Neuroregenerative potential of lion’s mane mushroom, Hericium Erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers. (higher Basidiomycetes), in the treatment of peripheral nerve injury (review). A study with the intent “to explore the possible use of this mushroom in nerve repair”.

In 2017, Restorative Medicine.Org published a study specifically about the Neurological Activity of Lion’s Mane. Their concluding thoughts were that: 

“The substantial historical record for the traditional use of lion’s mane for chronic ailments, together with the results of studies so far, suggest H. Erinaceus is safe and has important potential as a neuroprotective and neurotrophic therapeutic agent in neurological conditions.

Its rich myconutrient composition suggests that using the whole fungus may be most advantageous clinically. More clinical studies are needed to corroborate these conclusions.”

The details of the studies mentioned above are also discussed by Dr. Brad Stanfield on his YouTube channel.

He gives more in-depth scientific context to some of the research findings and the correlation between Lion’s Mane and treatments for neurological issues.

It begs to be repeated that there is currently very limited research and no conclusive evidence one way or the other. Studies are ongoing and conventional medicine continues to apply.

Having said that, from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s to Peripheral Nerve Injury, lion’s mane is piquing our curiosity.

 

Extraction process

 

If you find yourself curious enough to stock up on some lion’s mane, remember that not all extracts are created equally.

You want to make sure you get a product that is dually extracted: aqueous (water) and ethanol (alcohol). 

The reason you want this double extraction is to maximize bioavailability and absorption. A dual extraction combined with a high Beta Glucan percentage ensures that all the important compounds in the mushrooms are unblocked and available for digestion.

 

Use cases of Lion’s Mane

 

A good lion’s mane extract can be a supplement worth experimenting with. 

Anecdotal reports of lion’s mane’s benefits come from a broad spectrum of people with varying degrees of discomfort or illness.

You may notice that your mood is enhanced, concentration is heightened, skin is brighter, your digestion is better and dreams are more vivid. 

We wrote about these benefits, and more in one of our previous posts called: How do I know If Lion’s Mane is Working.

Once your doctor gives you the go-ahead to add lion’s mane to your routine, please feel free to use this “HEALTHYBRAIN” in our store. 

Our Lion’s Mane is indeed dually extracted and comes in two separate packages. This ensures that your body can absorb and assimilate as many of the beneficial compounds as possible. Oh, and don’t forget to have a quick look at the reviews to see what some people gotta say.

 

Shine bright. Do good. Flow strong.

Asha 

 

Note: This information is for informational purposes only and has not been reviewed or approved by EFSA. Microdose Pro supplements are not medicines and should never be used as a substitute for regular medication.

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Asha Sultana

Asha Sultana

I believe in the power of mushrooms and in the innate intelligence of our bodies. Fungi support human health like none other. Personally, I have used a wide variety of mushrooms to restore my health from heavy metal poisoning and its consequences. Currently living in Cape Town while raised in Canada and born in Romania. My travels have deepened my connection to natural medicines and my commitment to balanced living.

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