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Spotlight on Fall Mushrooms: Lion's Mane

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

Bottling some DEEP Lion's Mane for a customer today, I thought I'd share a little on one of our family's favorites.

Lion's Mane Mushroom (Hericium genus, including but not limited to H. erinaceus, H. americanum and H. coralloides) is an adaptogenic mushroom with at least 26 varieties that grow in many places, but ours here on the North American continent especially like the cooler Autumn weather as we have here in upstate NY. While the season for hunting them is probably just about at an end, the apothecary is well-stocked with my DEEP Lion's Mane extract, which is a long process I designed to get all the good stuff I can out of every mushroom I extract in this way. Mushrooms are very healthy to eat, but in order to get all the benefit, at very least a dual extraction of water and alcohol is needed. Most people I know find Lion's Mane extract to be a wonderful non-caffeinated kind of energizer, perfect for some get-up-and-go in the morning, before workout or sitting down to study. In a seemingly paradoxical way, Lion's Mane can also promote better, deeper sleep by helping you get into a REM cycle.


In our house, Lion's Mane is included in our daily health regimen with a lot of focus on it's immune-enhancing benefit (immunomodulation is one superpower). Our nearly 5 year-old is in kindergarten and medicinal mushrooms keep our family from simultaneously being put out of commission due to whatever he brings home. My partner uses it before the gym each early morning and when he sits down to learn some intense new coding language.; this mushroom has had a curative effect on him in the past though, as he suffered a nerve injury his doctor said would render his arm basically useless. Within 2 months of using Lion's Mane extract faithfully, the doctor was shocked to see that the nerve damage that was done had been near completely repaired and that hand and arm function was restored. This alone sold my once mushroom-hesitant partner on medicinal fungi. While I can't promise any healing, treating, preventing magic for any herbal or mushroom products I make, I can tell you that a LOT of research and and anecdotal evidence has stacked up throughout time in favor of Lion's Mane and all her sisters. Those evidences have shown that daily use of Lion's Mane may be helpful for the following: - Neurological and cognitive issues such as Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's, ADHD, etc. - General cognitive processing and memory recall - Managing blood sugar in Type II diabetes, and reducing diabetic nerve pain - Mood-related issues, as in mild depression and anxiety - Immune system balance- preventing not only airborne viruses/bacterias entering through the nose and mouth, but from entering through the gut! - Nerve injuries and damage

- Reduction of oxidative stress and systemic inflammation,

- Managing adrenal fatigue and heightened cortisol levels (which may influence the "spare tire" common in unmitigated cortisol)

As you can see, Lion's Mane is really a superstar, covering so many bases on the journey to better health. New research is constantly revealing more as medicinal mushrooms take their rightful respected place in alternative and mainstream health focus.


To your vibrant health!


Elizabeth


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