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Lion's mane nutrition facts & benefits

Date Posted:5 July 2022 

Lion's Mane is an herb that has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. It is also known as hericium erinaceus. This herb has many uses, including improving memory, boosting energy levels, and helping to relieve stress.

 

The Latin binomial for lion’s mane is hericium erinaceus, meaning “Hedgehog-Hedgehog”. The generic name ‘hericium’ literally means “pertaining to hedgehog”, and erinaceus mirrors that meaning. As this mushroom has spines or teeth (as opposed to gills), it can appear rather hedgehog like.

 

Lion's mane nutrition facts

A 100 g serving of lions mane provides around 35 calories and 7 g of carbohydrates with a decent amount of potassium and iron. Lion's mane is also high in protein, having an average of 22 g of protein per 100 g of dry mushrooms. It is also an incredible non animal source of essential amino acids. It contains high amounts of antioxidants, beta glucans, and other unique polysaccharides that help boost and support the immune system. This wonder mushroom is also rich in minerals, amino acids, polypeptides, and fatty acids.

Lion's mane health benefits

In our busy society, we honour those who work to the point of burnout. With constant social pressures to consistently perform and "always be on,” it’s no surprise that lion’s mane mushroom has attracted the attention of many elite athletes, entrepreneurs, and hard working students to help lower inflammation and boost performance, mental acuity and focus.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Studies show that consuming lion's mane mushroom powder helps to reduce stress, promotes brain function, and improves memory. The brain enhancing and mental performance benefits of lion’s mane are the main reason why we take this powerful medicinal mushroom. With its powerful anti inflammatory benefits and the ability to boost antioxidant activity and activate brainpower (with no known side effects), use lion's mane mushrooms to smash your daily goals, perform at a high level and stay on top of your game every day.

However, most people are unaware that the brain boosting compounds in lion’s mane are fat-soluble and therefore, need to be extracted in alcohol to be bioavailable and have any effect in the body. Most lion’s mane products on the market are only hot water extracts which means you’re getting more of the immune supportive benefits but very little (if any) of the brain enhancing qualities.

This powerful tonic (food for brain health) is one of the best and only natural nootropics on the market. Lion's mane has the remarkable ability to promote the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) within the brain. This helps boost cognition by reducing inflammation, stimulating neural development, and enhancing all around brain health. NGF is also the primary protein nutrient responsible for enhancing and repairing neurological disorders.

Lion's mane has been described as the "smart mushroom.” Research has shown that consuming lion’s mane regularly, can offer profound neurological benefits and cognitive enhancements including enhanced memory and recall. If you're struggling to get back to school and/or work and can't seem to focus or concentrate, lion's mane mushroom can help you. This provides long term  benefits to improve memory, focus, concentration and help eliminate brain fog and mental fatigue.

However, lion’s mane is also a profound tonic for calming the nervous system and relieving stress in the body. It’s for this reason that monks and spiritual sages over centuries have used lion’s mane to enhance meditation and other spiritual practices.

Key benefits of lion’s mane include:

  • Elevates mood
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases energy
  • Improves memory
  • Improves gut health
  • Enhances immunity
  • Boosts antioxidants
  • Supports nervous system

 

Lion's mane dosage

Teelixir suggests starting with 1/2 tsp of lion’s mane mushroom powder per day. It is very gentle and calming, however, if you are sensitive to herbs, you may want to start with 1/4 tsp. When your body feels ready, you can increase your dosage according to your daily needs. This extract is not heat sensitive, meaning you can add it to hot drinks like coffee, tea and soups. Lion’s mane mushroom flavour is is earthy and slightly bitter. It mixes well with your coffee, tea, smoothies, and your favourite dessert recipes.

 

Where can I buy lion's mane?

Lion's mane and other mushroom supplements in Australia can be purchasedat Sassy Organics by visiting Teelixir certitied organic mushtoom range.

 

Lion's mane recipes

Basic lion’s mushroom tea

You can also make lion’s mane mushroom tea by simply adding 1/2 tsp to a mug and mixing it with hot water. Try combining lion’s mane to other tonic herbs, adaptogens, and superfood mushrooms to create a potent life promoting elixir.

 

Mixed mushrooms tea⁠

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup dried mushrooms of choice: reishi, chaga, turkey⁠tail, lion’s mane⁠. Alternative, use mushroom supplement mix containing a variery of mushrooms
  • 1 quart filtered water⁠


Directions

  • Add mushrooms to water and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and allow to simmer gently for 2-3 hours,⁠ adding more water as necessary to prevent the decoction⁠ from evaporating entirely. Final brew will be very⁠ dark
  • Drink a cup a day and store refrigerated for up to⁠ 10 days. Be sure to use functional mushrooms from a⁠ trusted source.

 

Lion's mane brain power coffee recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups prepared coffee
  • 2 tb coconut oil
  • 1 tsp organic lion's mane powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon powder
  • Favourite sweetener (optional)

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to your blender and blast on high for 10-20 seconds until smooth. Sip, share, love, enjoy! Serves 2-3

 

Lion’s mane mushroom vegan burgers

If you can get your hands on some Lion's Mane mushrooms, go ahead and prepare them this way!!

Ingredients

  • 200 g fresh lion's mane mushrooms
  • 2-3 tbsp vegan butter
  • Pinch of salt (adjust to taste, omit if using salted butter)
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives or green garlic
  • Vegan mayo (optional)
  • 3 medium burger buns or bread of choice


Directions

  • Chop/tear up the lion's mane mushrooms into bite sized pieces and set aside
  • In a pan over medium high heat, melt the vegan butter completely
  • Add the mushrooms with a pinch of salt to the pan and cook over medium heat for 6 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender but cooked
  • Meanwhile, toast your bread of choice and add some vegan mayo once it's toasted
  • Finally, top the buns with the mushrooms, and sprinkle some chives or green garlic on top
  • Serve with a side of wedges or fries and a slice of lemon, and enjoy!

 

Lion's mane side effects

There are no known lion's mane side effects associated with taking lion's mane supplements. However, allergic reactions may occur, so anyone with a known mushroom allergy should avoid it.

 

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