Not only is Lions Mane one of the cutest fungi (it looks like a poofy pet,) it also contains powerful medicinal properties and an interesting history. Below are some fun facts about this mushroom.
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The History of Lions Mane
Let's begin 2,000 years ago in the mountainous regions of Asia. Lions Mane could be found growing on many different tree species. In traditional Chinese medicine, it was used as a tonic for supporting overall health and longevity. Buddhist monks were said to have used Lion’s Mane mushroom powder as a tea to enhance brain power and heighten their focus during meditation. This mushroom is referred to as Hou Tou Gu (Monkey Head Mushroom) in China and Yamabushitake in Japan.
In the 1950s, Traditional Chinese Medicine became standardized in practice under Mao Zedong’s rule as a Communist and nationalist project.
In 1988, China began reporting artificial cultivation of Lions Mane. The mushroom is cultivated with artificial log using bottles and polypropylene bags.
To the left is a photo of a modern day Lions Mane Farm.
Recent scientific findings have proven that the Hericium erinaceus species is a powerful fungi with a variety of benefits.
1. Stimulates the growth of neurons in the brain and helps with neurological disorders such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons and MS. Because of is low molecular weight, the medicinal constituents are able to pass through the blood-brain barrier, which then causes a myelin-generating influence on cerebellar glia and nerve cells.
2. Fights against hepatoma cells and helps prevent gastric/stomach and liver cancer.
3. Antibacterial, anti-candida, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory.
If you want to easily incorporate this potent fungi into your lifestyle and experience the benefits yourself, checkout our Adaptogen Superfood Pancake & Waffle Mix. It tastes like a plain pancake, but is paleo, gluten-free, and includes the powerful benefits of Lion's Mane Mushroom, along Reishi Mushroom, Ashwaganda, and Maca.