Traditional Research on Hericium Erinaceus Benefits for Brain Health
Hericium Erinaceus, also known as lion’s mane mushroom, has been used in Japan and China for centuries as both a food and tea. It actually has a delicious flavor when cooked, somewhat reminiscent of lobster. In both of these countries lion’s mane is known as a tonic for the brain, nervous system, and digestive system.
In Japan it is known as Yamabushitake, which translates as “those who sleep in the mountains.” This is a reference to a sect of hermit monks known as the Shugendo who practice a blend of Daoism and Buddhism. They are reported to use this mushroom and are deeply committed to protecting the natural environment where Lions Mane grows wild.
In China it is known as Monkey’s Head and is frequently used in cuisine to replace seafood. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is recognized as a medicinal mushroom and it is used by practitioners to improve the digestive tract, memory, and nerve force.
Clinical Research on Hericium Erinaceus Benefits for Brain Health
There are three particularly striking studies that were done with lion’s mane mushroom that are cited below.
There is significant traditional and clinical research on Hericium Erinaceus benefits for brain health, particularly memory, nerve regeneration, and mood improvement. Thus this powerful medicinal mushroom deserves the title as a brain and nerve tonic.
Nature’s cornucopia of neurologically active superfoods, herbs, and mushrooms is a treasure trove that we can use to improve and sustain a lifetime of functional brain and nervous system health.
In my opinion this is not only beneficial on an individual level, but like the nature protecting Shugendo mentioned above, consuming lions mane mushroom may even help us have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with this beautiful planet that nourishes and sustains us. Not only do we need to protect our neurological health but we need to protect the environment in which we are embedded. Lion’s mane is an excellent choice to create this dual benefit.
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