The Lion's Share of Benefits
Better Nutrition|August 2021
Lion’s mane, with its long, shaggy spines that resemble—you guessed it—a lion’s mane, has been shown to ease depression, enhance focus and concentration, and more.
KARTA PURKH SINGH KHALSA, DN-C, RH

Despite its long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, lion’s mane (Hericium Erinaceus) is only now getting the attention it deserves in the West. Research shows that it contains a plethora of health-enhancing constituents, including antioxidants and immune-boosting beta-glucan, and proponents maintain that it can address a slew of health problems.

Lion’s mane is known to help with brain and mood issues, including anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. It also has a reputation for easing high cholesterol, inflammation, ulcers, and digestive concerns. And if that’s not enough, it also exhibits cancer-preventive effects.

While these may seem like a wide range of disparate conditions, they’re all linked by one thing—inflammation. One study evaluating the potential of 14 different mushrooms held that this leonine remedy had the fourth-highest antioxidant activity, which may explain its benefits for inflammatory conditions.

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