Lion's Mane Mushrooms
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- Mental Performance
- Digestive Health
Pin Yin Name
- Hou Tou Gu
- Lion's Mane
- Bearded Tooth Mushroom
- Hedgehog Mushroom
- Hidden Mountain Mushroom
- Hericium erinaceus
About Lion's Mane Mushrooms
The lion's mane mushroom, has been treasured throughout China and Japan as both a culinary delicacy and as a natural tonic for enhancing mental performance. Legend has it that those who consumed lion's mane would have the memory of a lion and nerves of steel. The Latin name for this interesting fungus is Hericium erinaceus. In Chinese, it is Hou Tou Gu meaning “monkey head mushroom” which is descriptive of its appearance. The Japanese call lion’s mane yamabushitake which means “mountain hidden mushroom.”.
Preliminary research has discovered that lion's mane contains natural constituents known as erinacines. As well as beta glucan polysaccharides, beta-D-glucan and antioxidants such as threitol, D-arabinitol, and palmitic acid along with polypeptides and fatty acids.
- Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Wang M, Konishi T, Gao Y, Xu D, Gao Q. Anti-Gastric Ulcer Activity of Polysaccharide Fraction Isolated from Mycelium Culture of Lion's Mane Medicinal Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes). Int J Med Mushrooms. 2015;17(11):1055-60. PubMed PMID: 26853960.
- Mori K, Ouchi K, Hirasawa N. The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Lion's Mane Culinary-Medicinal Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes) in a Coculture System of 3T3-L1 Adipocytes and RAW264 Macrophages. Int J Med Mushrooms. 2015;17(7):609-18. PubMed PMID: 26559695.
- Samberkar S, Gandhi S, Naidu M, Wong KH, Raman J, Sabaratnam V. Lion's Mane, Hericium erinaceus and Tiger Milk, Lignosus rhinocerotis (Higher Basidiomycetes) Medicinal Mushrooms Stimulate Neurite Outgrowth in Dissociated Cells of Brain, Spinal Cord, and Retina: An In Vitro Study. Int J Med Mushrooms. 2015;17(11):1047-54. PubMed PMID: 26853959.