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lions_mane_mushroom_300x473Lion’s Mane Mushroom is one of the miraculous ancient Chinese remedies for restoring cognitive abilities. This mushroom is a unique nootropic famous for its potential to boost memory. Even if this is considered its most important effect, Loin’s Mane has many other benefits for the general health. Not only the effects make this mushroom stand out from the other natural nootropic treatments, but also the timeframe and ways of action.  Scientists discovered that Lion’s Mane could stimulate the production of NGF within the brain and as a result its functions are improved. This is the only mushroom known to mankind which possesses not one, but two important nerve growth factors with potential benefits for a broad range of cognitive disturbances like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, mild cognitive impairment, anxiety  or leg cramps.

The scientific community is fascinated by the properties of this plant and agrees with the traditional therapists on the fact that if included in the daily routine as a dietary supplement it will bring many benefits for the health.

  • Enhanced brain functions and memory – This is the primary use for this supplement. It was scientifically proved that Lion’s Mane could improve brain’s ability to learn, store and recall new information. It also helps focus for longer periods of time.
  • Improved digestive system – The extract from this mushroom contains beta glucan polysaccharides which have beneficial effects on digestion, by improving the function of the stomach
  • Treatment for ulcer – By consuming frequently the mushroom or its extract different types of ulcers could be treated. Lion’s Mane has a powerful anti-bacterial effect, which fights the H. pylori bacteria responsible for causing the ulcer. It also contains cyathan, which is useful for treating ulcer and cancer for stomach and esophagus.
  • Provides Neuroprotective Effect – Lion’s Mane act as a powerful nerve tonic which protects the nervous system by stimulating the production of nerve growth factor. This helps improve the memory condition for people diagnosed with Alzheimer or dementia.
  • Reduces depression – Because it has the ability to induce synthesis of NGF, this mushroom is a very useful complementary treatment for people suffering from different depression disorders acting to improve mood and reduce anxiety.
  • Fights diabetes and lowers cholesterol – People diagnosed with diabetes also benefit from using this mushroom because it fights to reduce the glucose level and inhibits the intense feeling of thirst related to this condition. In addition to this it helps maintain an average degree of cholesterol by decreasing LDL value (known as bad cholesterol) and boosting the HDL level (the good cholesterol).
  • Stronger immune system – These mushrooms contain high concentrations of beneficial substances like antioxidants, polysaccharides, beta-glucosyl, and beta-glucan which act together for strengthening the immune system and decrease long-term swelling related to arthritis.

Dietary supplements based on Lion’s Mane are relatively simple to find and most of them are presented in the form of a capsule. That is the main reason to be very careful which product you buy and make sure it offers high quality. The dosage for Lion’s Mane varies between 500 mg and 3000 mg each day. Dosing a little higher shouldn’t cause any kind of adverse effects but it is not recommended without proper medical supervision.