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  • Writer's pictureShiri Hershkovitz Bartur

More on the Lion’s Mane Mushroom- the Smart mushroom

Lion's Mane, often referred to as "The Smart Fungus," is renowned for its brain health advantages. As a supplement, this mushroom has demonstrated its ability to enhance memory, cognitive function, and mental sharpness, making it a popular choice for those looking to maintain their mental acuity.

In an article for Paul Stamets'website, 'Fungi Perfecti', they specify the benefits of this amazing mushroom- "The health-supporting benefits of Lion’s Mane go beyond the brain! Lion’s Mane has also been shown to promote a balanced mood, digestive wellness, and an engaged yet balanced immune response. Additionally, research suggests that Lion’s Mane may support sleep quality, blood sugar levels already within the normal range, and balanced energy levels."

Paul and his team dive deeper to understand which part of the fungi is the productive one- "Both Lion’s Mane fruit bodies and mycelium have been shown to support a balanced immune response, and both are used to make supplements for human consumption. However, recent research indicates that the mycelium from Lion’s Mane includes constituents not found in fruit bodies.*

Erinacine A, one of the most well-studied neuroactive fungal compounds in scientific literature, is known to support nerve growth factor (NGF), which promotes nervous system and neurological health. Erinacine A was first discovered in culture samples of Lion’s Mane mycelium. To date, erinacine A has not been conclusively found in the fruiting body of Lion’s Mane.


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