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Lion's Mane Mushrooms


Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus)  is a hardwood (maple, oak and beech) loving mushroom found throughout temperate hardwood forests in North America, Asia and Europe. It's sometimes referred to by other names like Satyr's Beard or Old Man's Beard due it's beautiful dense fruiting body clusters which are 4”-10” in diameter and resemble a white beard or white hedgehog.  Like many exotic mushrooms the Lion's Mane has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and is a choice edible too. It makes a great crab or lobster substitute and pairs well with Asian cuisine.

Culinary Uses:

Lion's Mane do a great job of absorbing the flavor they're cooked in and can be used as a crab or lobster substitute. Their density makes them ideal for roasting, frying or a simple saute.  

Health benefits*:

Lion's Mane (Hericium Erinaceous) mushrooms are a gourmet species that is found growing on hardwood trees in temperate forests across the world.  Originally used as a food source and for medicinal purposes in China and Southeast Asia, Lion's Mane mushrooms are now not only foraged but are grown commercially.   Most commercially grown mushrooms are grown in China however there is an increasing number of small scale mushroom farmers producing Lion's Mane in the United States and elsewhere.  With the increased demand from consumers for local healthy food, gourmet mushrooms are fulfilling that demand.  More health benefits:

Anti-neurodegenerative - Compounds (polysaccharides, terpenoids, sterols) in Lion's Mane have been shown to have the potential to combat neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  These compounds promote the growth of Nerve Growth Factor also known as NGF.

Anti-carcinogenic - Lion's Mane mushrooms contain compounds with potential cancer fighting properties such as hericerin.  Research has demonstrated the ability of hericerin to combat various types of cancer including leukemia and cancers affecting the gastrointestinal system.  Other compounds in Lion's Mane mushrooms that have also been shown to have the potential to fight cancer are polysaccharides, terpenoids, proteins and lipids.

Pro-Immune System - Lion's Mane mushrooms contain substances like beta-glucans which boost and strengthen the immune system.

Anti-inflammatory - Anti-oxidants, sterols and aromatics in Lion's Mane have been shown in studies to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.

Lower cholesterol - Lion's Mane mushrooms contain beta-glucan which boosts heart health and lowers cholesterol. 

Mood, Memory and Focus - The same compounds (polysaccharides, terpenoids, sterols) in Lion's Mane that can help treat dementia are shown to also help overall brain health including mood, memory and focus.  It's not only the compounds themselves but it's their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier to reduce inflammation and stimulate the nerve growth.  It's the trifecta for improved brain power!

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