I’m constantly scanning the scientific literature in search of new studies that document the healing potential of mushrooms. Recently, I encountered a study whose results lend even more support to the use of one particular mushroom for cognitive health.
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is an edible mushroom whose fruiting body consists of an unbranched, cushiony mass of icicle-like spines. This fungus is a common decomposer of hardwood trees and can often be found late summer through early winter in eastern North America.
In addition to its culinary use, Lion’s Mane is valued for its potential therapeutic applications. More specifically, extracts from this fungus have been shown to offer support for the treatment of cognitive impairment and depression.
A brand new study published in the journal Biomedical Research revealed that ingestion of Lion’s Mane fruiting bodies significantly improved cognitive function in human participants.
This double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial utilized 31 humans over the age of 50. Participants in the experimental group ingested 4 supplements — each containing 0.8 grams of powdered Lion’s Mane — every day for 12 weeks.
After 12 weeks of ingestion, the participants in the experimental group significantly outperformed those in the control group (participants who received a placebo) on tests that are commonly used in medicine to screen for dementia.
Researchers concluded that compounds within Lion’s Mane known as hericenones potentially have the ability to influence “brain neural networks and improve cognitive functions” (Biomedical Research, 2019).
Even better, Lion’s Mane is currently fruiting in eastern North America and will continue to make appearances throughout the next few months. In other words, you have the ability to forage your own wild medicine right now.
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In the meantime, consider delving deeper into the fascinating world of Lion’s Mane and its ability to protect the human brain against cognitive decline. The research seems promising!