What is Lion's Mane Mushroom and What Are Its Uses?

Lion’s Mane (Hericum Erinaceus), also known as Hou Tou Gu, are large, white, and shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane. For centuries they have been used in traditional Japanese herbalism by making it into a tea and using it as a tonic.


Lion’s mane mushroom boosts nerve growth factor (NGF), helping with neuron and brain tissue repair, maintenance, and regeneration. It can improve memory and concentration while supporting cognitive function and the nervous system. It contains high levels of beta-glucans (25%+) known for their immune-supportive properties, as well as antioxidants for cellular protection, and increased vitality.

Lion's Mane Mushrooms for Brain Health

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It is evident that brain functions naturally slow down over time. The symptoms associated with aging such as cognitive decline, memory loss, and lack of focus have been linked to factors like shrinking neurons and damaged brain cells.


Research shows that Lion’s mane mushroom has the potential to promote brain health by stimulating the creation of Nerve growth factor (NGF) and Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).


NGF and BDNF are proteins that stimulate the production of new cells and strengthen existing ones. NGF is also important in the formation of myelin, the covering around nerve cells that helps transmit impulses stimulating brain cells to do their job. BDNF increases brain pliability, helping the brain cells to maintain their integrity.


Alleviates Symptoms of Neuro-Degeneration

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In 2008, a double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled clinical trial found that lion’s mane effectively improved cognitive function in a randomized group of 15 older adults. Rodent studies found that the mushroom potentially protects against the effects of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, including involuntary movements and memory loss.


In an interview for Joe Rogan’s podcast, a mushroom guru and founder of Host Defense Paul Stamets stated that lion’s mane mushroom “helps to eliminate amyloid plaque as well as regenerate the myelin sheaths.”


Amyloid plaque is an acidic protein substance that has been linked to the destruction of cells and the breakdown of tissues. Myelin breakdown is a key component contributing to the symptoms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.


Maintain Your Brain

We are very happy to have available for purchase a Lion’s Mane product of the highest quality created by the Host Defense Company. Host Defense is the #1 best selling mushroom brand in the U.S. and is stocked at our Martin’s Wellness Pharmacy locations.


It is of utmost importance to realize that, for the most part, how we age is in our hands. The diet and lifestyle choices we make for ourselves have a cumulative effect over the years. Our health is something we ultimately create. Help yourself create a healthier brain with Lion’s Mane.


Lion’s Mane - Host Defense Mushrooms

Lion’s Mane - Host Defense Mushrooms





Be Well,
Edwin Dossman