How do Lions mane Mushrooms Help Protect Your Neurons?

Hericium erinaceus

At Cotswold Mushrooms we grow Lions mane (Lat: Hericium erinaceaus) on hardwood in a controlled environment without the use of any chemicals or pesticides but, if you are very lucky, you can find this spectacular looking medicinal mushroom growing in the wild.

Alas however, in the UK, this is a protected mushroom making it illegal for you to pick it.

Lions Mane Medicinal Mushroom

Lions mane Mushroom as a Nootropic

With its unique look and soft fruiting body, Lions mane has a crab-like texture when cooked and a delicious subtle mushroom flavour making it a Chefs favourite.

However, this is also a medicinal mushroom and has recently become highly sort after for its medicinal properties.

Lions mane stimulates Nerve Growth Factor (NGF)

Lions mane mushroom as a Nootropic and neuron protector

The fruiting body of Lions mane contains a molecule called hericenones which passes through the blood-brain barrier and stimulates the release of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF).

NGF is known to decline as you age and is therefore thought to be a contributing factor in age-related cognitive decline. Therefore, the nootropic action of hericenones may have important implications for your neuron health and cognitive function.

For example, medicinal mushroom supplementation with Lions mane fruiting body has been shown to enhance the protective myelin sheath which covers and ‘insulates’ your neurones.

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