Ready to Roar
Let's face it, we live in a face-paced world where we're bombarded by information on a daily basis. For a lot of us, it's challenging to keep up with everything. Work, family, health; we all have so many competing demands. And as our bodies age, our brains age too. We can't remember where we left our keys or why we walked into a room. It's just a fact of life!
But does it have to be?
Lion's Mane - Hericium erinaceus - is a powerhouse in the mushroom world. Also called Monkey Mushroom or Hedgehog Mushroom, it is now recognized for it's diverse health benefits. The shaggy, white fungus grows wild in North America, Europe, and Asia. It's been used for hundreds of years in traditional eastern medicine. And now, researchers in the west are studying it's impact on brain function as well as it's anti cancer properties.
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry stated:
"The reported health-promoting properties of the mushroom fruit bodies, mycelia, and bioactive pure compounds include antibiotic, anticarcinogenic, antidiabetic, antifatigue, antihypertensive, antihyperlipodemic, antisenescence, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective properties and improvement of anxiety, cognitive function, and depression."
What exactly does this mean for us? Researchers believe the various compounds in Lion's Mane are anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and immunostimulating. The health benefits include:
- Improved cognition - memory, focus and concentration
- Reduced symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases
- Increased energy
- Positive impact on depression and anxiety
- May protect against cancer
If you're ready to roar again or to just improve your memory, consider adding Lion's Mane to your daily regimen. This functional mushroom is also edible. Some people say it has a flavor reminiscent of seafood - think lobster or crab. You can also ingest it through supplement form; either powders or tinctures. Take advantage of this mighty mushroom!