Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a medicinal and culinary mushroom mainly used to promote the health of the brain
This beautiful off-white mushroom consists of a full bunch of fine strands that are reminiscent of a lion's mane.
It stimulates cognitive functions such as memory and concentration and supports the growth of NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) of nerve cells / neurons.
Lion's Mane is a so-called Nootropic: a substance that has a positive effect on the brain, stimulates it, protects it and improves cognitive functions.
The name Nootropic comes from Greek and means to bend or transform the mind.
Nootropics are not always natural by the way, other natural Nootropics include Gingko Biloba, Brahmi, Rhodiola and Panax Ginseng, all adaptogens.
Caffeine is also a Nootropic.
As an adaptogen, Lion's Mane helps to increase resistance to stress by balancing the nervous and hormone systems.
It adapts to your specific situation and needs and can have a calming effect where necessary, but also stimulating.
Several studies have shown that Lion's Mane can help relieve anxiety and depression by restoring the hippocampus. This is a part of your brain that plays an important role in the storage of information in your memory and also in your behavior.
Decrease in the tissue of the Hippocampus is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's, depression and schizophrenia.
The Hippocampus also has a direct influence on your perception. It determines how you remember things and how you experience life.
If you are consciously transforming old beliefs and are creating space for what you want to manifest, it is essential that your Hippocampus functions optimally.
Lion's mane adaptogen for the skin
In addition to its powerful effect on your brain health and your mental and emotional wellbeing, Lion's Mane is also very good for your skin.
It contains antioxidants and polysaccharides that give it an anti-aging effect and, among other things, increase the collagen content. *
It helps reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
The nerve growth factor (NGF) helps accelerate wound healing. * *
How do you use Lion's mane?
You can add Lion's mane to a variety of foods and drinks, both sweet and savory. For example in a latte, stir-fry, oatmeal, soup, yogurt, baking recipes, smoothies, etc.
Combining it with healthy fats such as coconut products, (plant-based) dairy products, olive oil, nuts or avocado helps with the absorption of the ingredients.
Like most mushrooms, the healthy ingredients in Lion's mane are protected by so-called chitin cell walls. Heat is needed to optimally release these active ingredients and allow them to be properly absorbed by your body.
Fresh Lion's mane mushroom can be cooked as you would other mushrooms or add it to your dishes in powder form.
You can also make tea or elixir from the powder by heating it in a pan with water.
Afterwards store the liquid in the refrigerator for a few days and add it to your food or drink either warmed up or cold.
In addition, the powder can be added to a warm drink.
You can find Lion's mane in the I am glowing and the I am focused blends.