Lion’s mane mushrooms, also known as hou-tou-gu, are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow.
They have both culinary and medical uses in many countries like China, India, Japan & Korea.
The mushroom can be enjoyed raw, cooked, dried or steeped as a tea. And most use it as an extract in coffee for memory & nerve support.
- Could protect against dementia
- Helps relieve mild symptoms of depression and anxiety
- May speed recovery from nervous system injuries
- Protects against ulcers in the digestive tract
- Reduces heart disease risk
- Helps manage diabetes symptoms
- May help fight cancer
- Reduces inflammation and oxidative stress
- Boosts the immune system
Safety & Side Effects
No human studies have examined the side effects of lion’s mane mushroom or its extract, but they appear to be super safe. No adverse effects have been seen on rats, even at doses as high as 2.3g per pound of body weight per day for one month or lower dosages for 90 days. However, anyone who is allergic or sensitive to mushrooms should avoid lion’s mane, since it is a species of mushroom.
The Bottom Line
I use Lion’s Mane Mushroom as an extract with my coffee every morning. As coffee tends to act as a delivery system… Enjoy & Share