Discover the Lions Mane Mushroom for Improved Cognitive Benefits
Written By Renee Haxby
Last July, I finalized the purchase of my 14-acre farm on the Key Peninsula in Washington State. In August, I set forth busily renovating the old farm house and barns, and I began to visualize my gardens and greenhouses that would be constructed soon. I had already collected seventy types of heirloom seeds to plant, and wondered if there was something more I should add to my growing operation.
As I walked around my new property, I was amazed by the diversity of mushroom species growing in all types of different places. Some grew on trees, while others grew on the ground. I had never shown much interest in mushrooms before, but since I enjoy eating them, I thought it would be a good idea to learn something about the local mushrooms species.
One day, as I was researching the health and medicinal properties of mushrooms, I came across one mushroom in particular that got my attention. The mushroom is called, “Lion’s Mane”, or Hericium Erinaceas. HE is also referred to as the Pom Pom, Hedgehog, and Bearded Tooth mushroom.
Hericium Erinaceas is an edible and medicinal mushroom that is native to North America, Europe, and Asia. HE is a saprotroph, which means that it feeds on dead material. It is also considered a parasite because it attacks and feeds upon living Oak and Birch trees. Lion’s Mane is an unusual looking mushroom, as it has no head capsule. Instead, the mushrooms develop long white spines that turn yellowish or quire a brownish tinge with age. It’s these spines that contain the mushroom spores which develop into young mushrooms.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms are unique in one way that makes them special. While many mushroom species have health benefits, Lion’s Mane mushrooms actually have nerve regenerative properties referred to as NGF (nerve growth factor).
In 1991, Dr. Kawagishi first identified NGFs in a Japanese sample of HE. His studies found that the mushrooms contained molecules called Hericenones and Erinacines that stimulate nerve cell growth in both peripheral and central nervous systems of the brain.
Documented proof showed actual healing of the myelin sheaths that surround the cell’s wall. This process is called “myelination”. Certain active compounds in the mushroom, such as, threitol, D-arabinitol, and palmitic acids appear to have an anti-oxidant effect, strengthening the entire immune system. Compounds of beta-glucan, poly-saccharides, poly-peptides, and fatty acids help boost the immune system and benefit the digestive system. Only Lion’s Mane had this effect. This awesome discovery has inspired further testing of the mushrooms incredible ability to re-grow nerve cells damaged by diseases that include Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Hericium Erinaceas (HE) has also been found to make you feel GOOD! Because of these findings, the Lion’s Mane mushroom is being heralded as the memory enhancing, feel good mushroom. Of course, the Chinese have known this all along.
The mushrooms are used to treat minor conditions affecting many aging individuals, such as, short term memory loss, depression, and anxiety. Post-menopausal women have found relief by using this mushroom daily. Because I fall into this last category, I was inspired to give them a shot.
I began taking Lion’s Mane mushroom supplements in a dried capsule form daily about two months ago. Shortly after I began my mushroom protocol, I decided that I would add mushroom farming to the agenda. I purchased my first mushroom spores about five weeks ago, and found they are quite easy to grow. I received my batch of spores on an inoculated and sterilized sawdust block that I kept warm and moist inside an aquarium. I misted them daily as the directions said. Two weeks later, several little white cauliflower-looking heads began to sprout!
The first thing you must know is that growing them is not an inexpensive way to receive the medicinal benefits from these mushrooms. One spore kit can cost $30.00. You are better off to just purchase them at a Super Supplements or buy them online. Until my operation is up and running, that is what I will continue to do. You can purchase high-grade Lion’s Mane mushrooms in either an extract or a dried capsule form. Beware of imposters by purchasing from a reputable seller. The brand I use is called, “Host Defense”. They’re U.S. organic, vegetarian, and high-quality.
If you have any questions, please contact me at www.prodotfit.com or PRO.Fit by Renee Haxby on Facebook.
By Renee Haxby
I have always been athletic and competitive. In the 1970’s I was one of the first internationally recognized female bodybuilders. Over the years, my face and physique have been featured on magazine covers, numerous popular editorials and several television commercials. I have worked in the health club industry in both Seattle and Los Angeles, and also as a personal trainer for successful Seattle clients.
Education: BA in Social Sciences and a Formal Minor in Business Administration from Washington State University. I have certifications in food psychology, wellness, and life strategies from The Spencer Institute, NESTA, and the International Sports Science Association.
I own and operate PRO.Fit by Renee Haxby in the Pacific Northwest area.
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