lion's mane mushroomNow it’s sold as a brain supplement. (In its natural setting, it sometimes even looks like a human brain.)It’s been said that lion’s mane can impart “nerves of steel” and the “memory of a lion.”World-renowned fungi expert Paul Stamets calls it the “first smart mushroom.”
It is a popular nootropic — a substance that improves mental functions such as memory, intelligence, motivation, attention, and concentration — while simultaneously making your brain healthier.Lion’s mane excels at improving cognitive function and treating neurological disorders.It’s been found to contain two unique groups of compounds, hericenones, and erinacines, that stimulate the formation of nerve growth factor (NGF).
NGF is a protein that is crucial to the growth and maintenance of certain types of neurons.Lion’s mane can be helpful for anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Lion’s Mane Dosage
Optimal dosages have not yet been established, but a typical dose of lion’s mane extract is 1,000 mg taken three times a day.
Lion’s Mane Side Effects and Interactions
Lion’s mane is extremely safe.It’s regularly consumed as a food in Asia and is becoming increasingly available in gourmet food stores elsewhere.
The only known side effect is itchy skin which may be caused by the increase in nerve growth factor.