Lion’s Mane extract 20:1 | Hericium erinaceus

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Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a fungus commonly used in traditional medicine of the Far East in order to strengthen natural immunity, support brain functioning and prevent premature aging. Its health-promoting properties have been confirmed thanks to scientific research. Lion’s mane has a great influence on the cognitive functions, which makes it an effective nootropic.

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Lion’s Mane extract 20:1 | Hericium erinaceus

Properties: Benefits of lion’s mane have been exploited in many cultures. There is a reason why it is an important part of natural medicine in China and in various indigenous tribes that inhabit the forests of North America. It is appreciated for its extraordinary taste, which makes it a delicacy of Asian cuisine. However, its popularity is also linked to its other properties that were noticed thousands of years ago. Supplementation with Lion’s mane extract improves the functioning of the central nervous system. It can also help to preserve good memory and attention levels. Note that new brain cells are produced with varied intensity. Hericium erinaceus accelerates their production and thereby supports mental processes such as clear thinking and information. Moreover, its active compounds facilitate memory and focus capabilities. 

Lion’s mane is sometimes treated as a “youth elixir”, because its active compounds can slow down the aging processes. Those active agents, specifically erinacines, stimulate the production of collagen – a protein that occurs mostly in the skin, tendons, and bones. Increased amounts of collagen lead to more elasticity of the skin and its younger appearance. For physical well-being it is also essential that the organism can decompose fats properly. Lion’s mane limits the production of “bad” cholesterol that proves to be harmful to the body. Instead, it stimulates the production of “good” cholesterol, which has a direct influence on the health of the cardiovascular system. What is more, it prevents development of diseases linked to bad management of fats in the blood, such as atherosclerosis.

That’s not all! Lion’s mane can also support the immune response. The organism fights the pathogenic microorganisms mostly with the help of white blood cells – a specialized type of cells that play the key role in the immune system. Supplementation of lion’s mane stimulates the production of white blood cells and thereby strengthens immunity so the infections are targeted more precisely.

Occurrence: Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus) is an edible mushroom that can grow up to 12 in. It belongs to the Hericiaceae family of fungi. Naturally, it grows mainly in the deciduous forests of Asia, North America, and Europe. Usually, it grows on old and mucked trees’ trunks. Lion’s mane is a saprophyte and is sometimes considered to be a weak parasite. It has a characteristic appearance of a fructification that contains plenty of long and thin spines of light, creme beige color that gets darker with age. Its taste is delicate and sweet, whereas the smell is clearly mushroom.

In traditional Chinese medicine lion’s mane has been used for centuries as a remedy for ailments of liver, kidneys, spleen, and stomach, as well as cardiovascular problems. Moreover, this mushroom has a tonic effect on the whole organism, as it strengthens its condition and functioning. Its beneficial properties were also discovered by Native Americans, who used lion’s mane powder to heal wounds.

Biochemistry: Lion’s mane owes its beneficial properties to erinacines – active compounds found in this fungus. From a chemical perspective, they belong to cyathane-xylosides. At the moment there are thirteen isolated and described types of erinacines that are tagged with letters from A to K and from P to Q. Hericenones (A and C-H) – acids found only in lion’s mane – are also quite significant. Apart from them, this mushroom also contains basic amino acids, polysaccharides, and minerals (potassium, iron, zinc, selenium, germanium, as well as a small amount of sodium).

Fun fact: The name lion’s mane is actually no accident. The mushroom’s fructification has a unique appearance – it is composed of many long spines or “icicles” that resemble the look of male lion’s hair.

How does Lion's Mane extract 20:1 | Hericium erinaceus work?

Supports the nervous system: Results of multiple scientific studies acknowledged that lion’s mane has neuroprotective properties. Its active compounds limit the  aggregation of beta-amyloids – proteins that impair functioning of neurons. Lion’s mane also stimulates the production of nerve growth factor (NGF), thereby influencing neurogenesis – the process of building new neural cells. In this way, it improves the functioning of the brain and its regeneration.

Supports cognitive abilities: Lion’s mane is not only beneficial for the brain’s condition but also its functions. The increase of NGF helps to build myelin sheaths that surround axons of neurons and facilitate transmission of signals. Myelinated axons have higher velocity of signal transmission relative to unmyelinated ones. This improvement of neuronal communication optimizes the functioning of the brain. However, it is not the only way in which Lion’s mane aids cognitive abilities. Tests conducted on animal models demonstrate that Hericium erinaceus stimulates the activity of an enzyme that plays a role in the production of acetylcholine – an important neurotransmitter responsible for concentration and memory.

Supports the immune system: Results of multiple scientific studies confirmed that active compounds of lion’s mane stimulate the production of interferons. These proteins act as radars for cells of the immune system: their activity allows lymphocytes to recognize an infection and produce proper antibodies. On top of that, interferons themselves can inhibit proliferation of viruses inside cells of the organism. Hereby, Lion’s mane stimulates the immune response and supports the immune system in its combat with infections.

Improves vitality: Lion’s mane has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system and supports atherosclerosis prevention. It has been proven that this fungi can significantly decrease the total level of cholesterol and increase the fraction of good cholesterol – HDL. As it turns out, Lion’s mane active compounds can accelerate the process of cholesterol decomposition to fatty acids. Furthermore, this mushroom can limit the absorption of fats from food, thereby reducing the amount of fat tissue in the body. Results of scientific studies showed that lion’s mane supplementation increases the activity of natural mechanisms that protect the organism from free radicals. Active compounds of this mushroom also stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. Taken together, these properties can prevent premature aging of the skin.

Lion's Mane extract 20:1 | Hericium erinaceus product specification

 

TYPE OF PRODUCT:
  • powdered raw ingredient
STANDARDIZATION:
  • extract 20:1 from the fruiting bodies of Hericium erinaceus
MEASURING:
  • steel measuring tool 0.60 ml ~ 275 mg
PACKAGING:
  • airtight ALU-PET bag
INTENDED USE:
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, herbal medicine
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

How to use Lion's Mane extract 20:1 | Hericium erinaceus?

 

RECOMMENDED SERVING:
  • 400 – 800 mg
SERVINGS PER DAY:
  • 1 – 3
BEST ABSORPTION:
  • with or without food
WHEN TO USE:
  • during the day
OPTIMAL CYCLE DURATION:
  • 12 weeks of using – 4 weeks of break

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