Lion’s mane mushrooms, also known as hou tou gu or yamabushitake, are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow. They contain bioactive substances that have beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain, heart and gut. Lion’s mane mushrooms are also very nutritious and are rich in vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. It’s also a good source of essential minerals such as manganese, zinc, and potassium. Research shows that lion’s mane has many health-promoting ingredients that come with several benefits:
Many health conditions such as heart diseases and autoimmune disorders such as arthritis are due to chronic inflammation. Lion’s mane mushrooms are rich in a specific type of carbohydrate called oligosaccharides that have many critical biological functions including antioxidative and antitumor activities. They also exhibit immune-stimulating functions, all of which combine to lower the inflammatory fallout of such conditions.
Another benefit of the anti-inflammatory properties of Lion’s Mane is the ability to improve digestive/gut health. Fighting inflammation can result in the growth of good bacteria in the gut, which can benefit people with irritable bowel syndrome.
Could Reduce Anxiety and Depression
Lion’s mane extracts could have possible benefits in treating depression and anxiety. To test this possibility, a study was carried out on Japanese women with many health conditions, including menopausal symptoms and poor sleep. Some of these women were given lion’s mane extracts while others were given placebo cookies for four weeks. The women who were given extracts of lion’s mane reported lower levels of stress and anxiety compared to the placebo group.
Lion’s Mane may be beneficial in lowering symptoms of diabetes by improving blood sugar control and reducing some diabetic side effects.
Lion’s Mane has been shown to protect against cognitive decline, which is caused by β-amyloid pigmentation, as it stimulates new brain cells and protects them from damage against Alzheimer’s disease.
All in all, research has found that lion’s mane may protect against dementia, reduce mild symptoms of anxiety and depression and help repair nerve damage. It also has strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting abilities and has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, ulcers and diabetes in animals.
We have a few products on the GLW shop that contain Lion’s Mane mushrooms.