I’m sure that you can remember your parents telling you to finish your veggies before you get up from the dinner table. If you were anything like me, mushrooms were your arch nemesis. But would you be able to finish your mushrooms if you knew that they could enhance brain function, may protect against cancer, support the heart and circulatory system, might improve digestive health, reduce inflammation, act as a powerful antioxidant, improve mental health and overall well-being, improve immune function and might be useful for managing diabetes?! The Lion’s Mane Mushroom is responsible for this extensive list of medical benefits, and if you can get past eating a mushroom that looks like the scruff of a lion, might be the perfect addition to your health regimen.
Not surprisingly, this mushroom is already a staple in traditional Chinese medicine and other Asian countries. In the last few years there has been a large body of research focusing on this brain-boosting mushroom. One study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry lists the benefits by stating lion’s mane mushroom is “antibiotic, anticarcinogenic, antidiabetic, anti-fatigue, antihypertensive, anti-hyperlipodemic, anti-senescence [anti-aging], cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective, and improves anxiety, cognitive function, and depression”.