Lion’s mane is a medicinal mushroom utilized for strong cognitive enhancing effects and is considered one of the most powerful brain optimizing fungi. The most important benefit of lion’s mane mushroom is to stimulate nerve-growth factor (NGF) in certain regions of the brain. In a 2008 study in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, researchers found lion’s mane extract could help patients increase NGF in regions of the brain like the hippocampus, which are responsible for memory formation.
Aside from the memory formation and neurogenesis benefits, lion’s mane mushroom can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression amongst many individuals (especially the elderly). For older people lion’s mane mushroom is particular important because the product can act as a neuroprotective agent.
The dosage recommendations for lion’s mane mushroom will depend highly upon the extract that you purchase. A strong lion’s mane mushroom dosage of 500 – 1000 mg per day assuming 20% beta-glucans is adequate for most people. Many grams are needed if you have a weaker form of lion’s mane.
Lion’s mane capsules are usually well-absorbed, but it is worthwhile to seek products (such as this one), which are made with the fruiting bodies of the lion’s mane fungus rather than the mycelium.
Mode of Action
The primary mechanism involved with most medicinal mushrooms are polysaccharides called beta-glucans. When you purchase lion’s mane capsules made from fruiting bodies as opposed to mycelium (which most poorly products are made of), the effect comes through these psychoactive beta-glucans, which alter mRNA expression causing downstream effects for your brain and body.
Pure Nootropics allows users to buy lion’s mane online with door-to-door delivery within the continental U.S. between 5 – 7 days.