What is Lion’s Mane mushroom?
The Lion’s Mane mushroom, or its scientific name Hericium Erinaceus, is one of my favourite mushrooms that belongs to the tooth fungus group. It looks different compared to other medicinal mushrooms, is most certainly unique in its benefits, and has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine as a potent cognitive enhancer. In China they call it “Hou Tou Gu” and in Japan it’s known as “Yamabushitake.”
You can find Lion’s Mane often in the autumn throughout North America usually on dead and decaying hardwood logs, on maple, birch beech, oak trees and they usually stand out so well that you cannot miss them with their wispy, thin, snowball-like formation with elongated teeth. They look exactly as the name suggests – resembling of a white Lion’s Mane. There are 3 species of Hericium, which are Hercium Erinaceus, Hericium Americanum, and Hericium Coralloides, all can be found in eastern North America.
The particular one I buy is Hericium Erinaceus and the health benefits are limitless. It gives a boost in cognitive function by initiating nerve growth and regeneration. It can reduce neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. When it comes to any disease the most important thing to remember is prevention. Stopping, for example, the consumption of fluoride. Fluoride does not help teeth and can cause osteoporosis, cancer and brain disease. If it is allowed in rats poison then it should not be allowed in our water supply, toothpaste and in pharmaceutical drugs. I avoid tap and bottled water and I suggest looking into buying either a distiller, a reverse osmosis system or a kangen water system.
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Other benefits of Lion’s Mane mushroom
Other benefits are that it can relieve anxiety and depression, protect your heart and manage diabetes. It can also help with stomach problems and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. There have been many studies done on mice and rats to prove the health benefits of Lion’s Mane and more studies are being done. I am not an advocate on using animals for testing, however, the results do prove these benefits. More studies should be done on humans as it’s never guaranteed that animals will react in the same way as humans do. All animal testing should be stopped.
Lion’s Mane can also improve focus, concentration, is rich in antioxidants, to give an overall boost to the immune system and helps to fight certain cancers. It can come in many forms and you can buy them in capsules, powder extracts, dried or fresh. If you are cooking these mushrooms, you need to make sure they are cooked slowly and thoroughly all the way through. It has a similar taste to sea-like food, such as, lobster or shrimp. The most common way to take this mushroom is the traditional way, which is drinking it as a tea. I purchase mine from Na’vi Organics, which is based in England and it comes in a powder dual extract form – extraction with water and alcohol. You don’t have to drink it as a tea. You can simply put some in a smoothie by following the correct dosage on the instructions.
The book that I recommend is the Beginner’s Guide On Lion’s Mane Mushroom by Daniel Ross, PH.D, which also explains the best ways to grow these wonderful mushrooms yourself. There is also a list of Lion’s Mane mushroom food recipes in his book, however, for best health it is recommended to follow Dr Sebi’s non-hybrid alkaline electric organic vegan diet. I will list these books at the end of the article.
Mushrooms are an extremely important part of our diet and should be part of our daily meals, especially Lion’s Mane. I don’t claim to be a medical expert. However, I see nothing wrong with seeking out for natural medicine, being your own doctor and looking after your own health. My only job is to take care of myself and to raise awareness. The question I ask is, why is the current medical system not recommending Lion’s Mane to the world?
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