Are you looking to power up your diet? The Hieracium Erinaceus, also referred to as Lion’s Mane, is a delicious way to add an extra dose of health benefits to everyday meals! However, it is worth noting that while some promising research exists, more human trials are needed to substantiate these claims. Below are some of the benefits commonly attributed to Lion’s Mane:
Several studies suggest that Lion’s Mane may promote nerve growth factor, which could benefit brain health. This has led to research on its potential to improve focus, memory, and other cognitive functions (Guan, et al. 2023). One small dietary addition could contribute to a healthier brain!
Because of its potential to stimulate nerve growth factor, Lion’s Mane is being researched for its ability to slow or reverse cell degeneration in the brain, which is particularly important for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (Guan, et al. 2023).
Some studies indicate that Lion’s Mane helps with symptoms of anxiety and depression, though the exact mechanisms are not fully understood.
The mushroom has been used in traditional medicine for improving digestive health. It is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties that could benefit the gut.
Some research in animal studies suggests that Lion’s Mane has anti-cancer properties, particularly against certain types of leukemia and gastric cancers (Loizzo 2021).
Immune System Support
Though not as well-studied as other areas, some evidence suggests that Lion’s Mane can boost the immune system by increasing the activity of specific white blood cells.
Some proponents believe that its antioxidant properties can offer anti-aging benefits, although this is less substantiated by scientific evidence.
Always consult healthcare providers before starting any new supplement or embarking on a new dietary journey, especially if you have pre-existing conditions or are taking other medications.
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Guan, Y., Shi, D., Wang, S., Sun, Y., Song, W., Liu, S., & Wang, C. (2023). Hericium coralloides Ameliorates Alzheimer’s Disease Pathologies and Cognitive Disorders by Activating Nrf2 Signaling and Regulating Gut Microbiota. Nutrients, 15(17), 3799. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu15173799
Loizzo, Sanches-Silva, A. T., Loizzo, M. R., & Sanches-Silva, A. T. (2021). Natural Antioxidants: Innovative Extraction and Application in Foods. MDPI – Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.