08 May What is Lion’s Mane and What Does it Do?
Our team at Colorado Kosher™ looked far and wide to find the best, all-natural ingredients to boost brain function for our Kosher Lions Mane Organic Mushrooms and Genius Pill™. In doing so, we have not only harnessed the organic power of lion’s mane mushrooms but also combined it with bioavailable cannabis nutrients in our Genius Pill™. Lion’s mane has been used to promote clear thinking and brain health in East Asian medicine for thousands of years, and scientific research is now shedding light on its nootropic properties.
Lions Mane Kosher Organic Mushrooms and Genius Pill™ are considered nootropics, which are substances and compounds that have been reported to enhance brain function and stimulate mental acuity. When we started our company, one of our goals was to help our customers preserve their brain health and stay active with products we have experience actively working with — lion’s mane was an obvious choice. Studies show that consuming lion’s mane in a capsule can aid a number of different mental functions, and studies have shown that it may even help in repairing the damage.
One of the reported benefits of the mushroom is its ability to improve human nerve growth factor. This connection has led to a host of promising managements using lion’s mane, including symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases and injuries. Studies conducted in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms have shown that compounds present in lion’s mane can boost nerve growth factor, which is linked to neurite outgrowth (neurites are the connective ends of neurons, our primary brain cells). This link has opened the door to studies for managing symptoms of Alzheimer’s and physical damage to the nervous system. The compounds found in lion’s mane function like nutrients for the cells that control our thinking and general cognition.
The neurological benefits of lion’s mane and other medicinal mushrooms have been confirmed in other laboratory studies as well. One research team publishing their work in Critical Reviews In Biotechnology stated “we review over 20 different brain-improving culinary-medicinal mushrooms and at least 80 different bioactive secondary metabolites isolated from them. The mushrooms reduced beta-amyloid-induced neurotoxicity and had anti-acetylcholinesterase, neurite outgrowth stimulation, nerve growth factor (NGF) synthesis, neuroprotective, antioxidant, and anti-(neuro)inflammatory effects.” One of the most promising mushrooms in this study was lion’s mane.
The mushroom has also been shown to help with memory function in aging populations through preserving neuronal health. “Studies have shown that there can be an improvement in cognitive abilities of the aged if the mushroom is incorporated in their daily diets,” according to the authors of a study in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine.
The anti-inflammatory properties of lion’s mane also play a key role in promoting brain health. A whole host of diseases and chronic conditions are related to inflammation that can spread across the body. In a study performed by Jiangnan University in China, researchers found that “Medicinal mushrooms exhibited anti-inflammatory activity that might be attributable to the inhibition of (nitric oxide) generation and can, therefore, be considered a useful therapeutic and preventive approach to various inflammation-related diseases.” All of this research information is leading to increased interest in lion’s mane, and its potential to improve mental health and wellbeing.