The medicinal fungus Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) has the ability to stimulate the production of a substance known as Nervous Growth Factor (FCN).
This specialized protein is necessary for the growth of sensory neurons, and studies have shown that the extracts of this fungus promote the growth of the myelin sheath (a thick layer around the neuronal axons that allows the transmission of the nerve impulses) In nerve cells.
Since the myelin sheath is the component of the cells most closely associated with nerve message transmission, research suggests that the lion’s mane fungus may help slow the progression of degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
In addition to being called “lion’s mane” , Hericium erinaceus, this fungus is known by several other names, including the bearded tooth mushroom, bearded hedgehog and others. In Japan, it is known as yamabushitake, which means “mushroom of the mountain of the priests”. It has a variety of other names, depending on the country.
Proven benefits of lion mane fungus for the nervous system
In Asia, the lion’s mane is said to give you “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion,” and seen what the studies are revealing, that is an apt prose. So far, there is evidence that lion’s mane grants the following health benefits:
-Improved Cognitive Function Nerve
regeneration, remyelination (the process of creating new myelin sheath) and -increased Nervous Growth Factor (NGF)
-Improved digestive function and relief of gastritis
-Supports the immune system, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
-Anticoagulant; Mild ACE inhibitor (related to hypertension); Improved lipid profile
-On the other hand, the scientific evidence, which is in its infancy, on the lion’s mane points to therapeutic benefits unprecedented for numerous diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system.
Conditions that may benefit from the consumption of lion mane include:
-Dementia and mild
-Parkinson’s disease Peripheral neuropathy Muscle
-cramps and spasms Multiple
-Recurrence of stroke
-Seizures and seizure type post-stroke events
-Anxiety and depression
Traditional uses of lion’s mane
In the event of not having these health problems, lion’s mane can provide an additional cognitive boost and help us in times of high demand for our concentration and intellect. It can be used safely and effectively to support and improve overall cognitive health.
In addition to the possible benefits it offers to the nervous system, the lion’s mane has also been used in Taoist tonic herbalism to treat diseases of the digestive tract. Glyconutrients (polysaccharides) found in lion’s mane, such as found in other medicinal fungi, have been shown to have important immune-protective properties (which protect the immune system).
The lion’s mane has been used in:
-Regulate blood sugar and cholesterol
-Combat underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia through stimulation of nerve growth factor
-Relieve pain symptoms associated with HIV-AIDS Accelerate
healing of ulcers
-Promote health Digestive; Relieve indigestion and constipation
-Stimulate memory and the nervous system in general