Monday, September 3, 2018

Lion's Mane: The Nootropic Mushroom

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Lion's Mane is a mushroom used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is native to North America, Europe and Asia, and can be identified by its long quills. Many recent studies show it to have both neuroprotective and neuroregenerative effects. This is owed to its apparent ability to stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF). Thanks to this, it is gaining a massive following from people who are seeking cognitive enhancing supplements.

In 2009, researchers at the Hokuto Corporation and the Isogo Central and Neurosurgical Hospital conducted a small clinical study. They gave lion’s mane to 30 patients with mild cognitive impairment. This resulted in significant benefits to cognitive function, so long as they continued to consume the mushrooms.

Recently, mice injected with neurotoxic peptides were challenged in a standard “Y” maze, a test designed for testing memory. As the peptide caused plaque to develop in their brains, the mice lost the ability to memorize the maze. However, when the mice were fed lion's mane for 23 days, they regained the ability to memorize the maze at almost the same capacity as before.