Did you know that there’s been a fair amount of research into lion’s mane mushroom benefits? And the reported findings are certainly worth sharing
We are a big fan of lion’s mane mushroom here at Fungi Ally. We grow this furry-looking friend to sell fresh because it is a choice edible. We also provide the mushroom as an extract for enhanced well being. For those who want to grow their own lion’s mane mushrooms at home, we offer a variety of spawn and even a lion’s mane grow kit.
One of the reasons we’re a big fan of this mushroom is because there’s a slew of researching on lion’s mane mushroom benefits and they seem pretty powerful to us. Today we are sharing some information collected from our research on lion’s mane mushroom. Some of these reports may even interest you in trying this amazing mushroom for yourself, if you haven’t already.
Lion’s mane mushroom benefits: Antioxidants
The study Antioxidant and Anti-Osteoporotic Activities of Aromatic Compounds and Sterols from Hericium erinaceum from 2017 involved isolating parts of the fruiting bodies for sterols and aromatic compounds. As the study states about the results of the testing, “These results suggested that H. erinaceum could be utilized in the development of natural antioxidant and anti-osteoporotic nutraceuticals and functional foods.”
Lion’s mane mushroom benefits: Neurological Health
The study 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 took a look at neurodegenerative disease, which impacts nearly 100 million people worldwide.
The study states, “Hericium erinaceus is one of the well-established medicinal mushrooms for neuronal health. It has been documented for its regenerative capability in peripheral nerve.”
It continued to say, “H. erinaceus extract at 50 µg/mL triggered neurite outgrowth at 20.47%, 22.47%, and 21.70% in brain, spinal cord, and retinal cells.”
As a quick note, neurite outgrowth is defined as a process where developing neurons “produce new projections as they grow in response to guidance cues.”
Lion’s mane mushroom benefits: Anti-inflammation impact on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
The study Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ethanol Extract of Lion’s Mane Medicinal Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Agaricomycetes), in Mice with Ulcerative Colitis “investigated the anti-inflammatory activity of ethanol extracts of Hericium erinaceus in the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) model.”
According to the results of the testing:
“Mechanistically, HEEE ameliorated colitis not only by suppressing the production of inflammatory mediators including tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin (IL)-1β, and IL-6 in colon tissues but also by adjusting the production of nitric oxide, malondialdehyde, and superoxide dismutase in serum to suppress the oxidative stress. These results suggest that HEEE can be applied as a protective agent in the treatment of IBDs.”
There are many other benefits of lion’s mane mushrooms to share but we will stick with those main three studies for today. We will be sure to update this information with more research and new studies, so stay tuned.
And if you would like to incorporate lion’s mane mushrooms into your world, learn more about our lion’s mane extract and buy today. And if you want to grow lion’s mane at home, here are options for sawdust spawn, grain spawn, and plug spawn. You can also pick up a lion’s mane grow kit here!
Resources for this article:
- Antioxidant and Anti-Osteoporotic Activities of Aromatic Compounds and Sterols from Hericium erinaceum.
- Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ethanol Extract of Lion’s Mane Medicinal Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Agaricomycetes), in Mice with Ulcerative Colitis.
- 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.
- Neurite Outgrowth Assays