Lion's mane (Hericium erinaceus) is an edible medicinal mushroom native to Europe, North America, and Asia, recognized by its characteristic tendency to grow a single clump of dangling spines.
They are often used for culinary purposes in China, India, Japan, and Korea, but it's often more recognized for its health benefits that have been known for thousands of years in eastern traditional medicine.
Improved cognitive health
It is very likely that, as per its traditional uses, Lion's mane boosts cognitive function. This namely means better object recognition and recognition memory, a slowdown of memory loss, and prevention of diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Immune system support
The immune system supportive functions might come from its inflammation-reducing properties, as well as anti-oxidative properties. These properties are evident because Lion's mane produces and contains powerful antioxidant compounds, especially useful in managing inflammatory bowel disease.
May speed recovery of the nervous system
The nervous system is a network consisting of brain, spinal cord, and thousands of nerves spread throughout our whole body. Since nerves don't recover from injury, or rather, recover only under very specific conditions, injuries to nerves can have devastating consequences on a person's mobility, but also cognition.
Many studies have shown that Lion's mane may help speed up recovery from these types of injuries by stimulating the growth and repair of nerve cells. This may also include helping the brain recover from brain stroke.
Ulcer protection in the digestive tract
Ulcers can form anywhere along the digestive tract, including the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine.
Stomach ulcers can be caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. Lion's mane could help against this bacteria by inhibiting its growth as well as protecting the stomach lining from damage.
Lion's mane has also shown the potential to be effective against alcohol-induced ulcers and ulcers that can appear in the intestine. Ulcerative colitis and Chron's disease are other areas where Lion's mane could be used as a part of treatment.
Other potential benefits
Other potential benefits of Lion's mane include managing diabetes symptoms through improved blood sugar control, cancer-fighting properties, and reduction of anxiety and depression symptoms.
Overall, it is obvious that Lion's mane mushrooms, like many other traditional, medicinal mushrooms exhibit amazing properties and contain ingredients that affect many metabolic pathways.