The Brain Boosting Effects of Lion's Mane Mushroom
Lion's Mane has taken center stage as the number one natural supplement to support cognitive function due to its abundance of brain boosting compounds known as Erinacines. Discovered in the early nineties by organic chemist Hirokazu Kawagishi, erinacines have been reported to stimulate neuron regeneration and the rebuilding of myelin. This incredible activity caused by Lion's Mane is referred to as neurogenesis.
Through neurogenesis, brain fog is lifted, memory improves, and cognition is enhanced. The research has also shown potential success with treating cognitive disorders like Alzheimers and Parkinson's disease. Personally, I used our Lion's Mane mushroom extract to treat neurological lyme disease that plagued my life for 4+ years. After only two weeks of steady use, my migraines, insomnia, and brain fog were virtually nonexistent. It's that powerful.
Mycelium vs. Fruiting Bodies
Every mushroom, whether farmed or wild, contains two components: the mycelium (roots) and the fruiting body (reproductive organ). It was in the fruiting body that Kawagishi discovered Lion's Mane's erinacines and produced an ethanol (alcohol) and aqueous (water) extract to harness their cognitive abilities. We have replicated this method of extraction and sourced our Lion's Mane from wild grown sustainably harvested sources. In fact, we sustainably forage them ourselves!
While Wild Kingdom has taken all measures to produce extracts that rank highest in potency and support sustainable foraging, we advise you to be wary of other Lion's Mane products made from mycelium. To make mycelium, growers inoculate mushroom spores onto grain substrates like oats or rice. They then grind the myceliated grain into a powder and perform the extraction.
This mycelium only method is still being debated by mycologists all over the world regarding its efficacy as no actual mushrooms are present in the extraction. Furthermore, with clever marketing and labeling, consumers are tricked into thinking they are taking a mushroom extract when in fact, it is mostly just grains.
Click here to learn more about our Lion's Mane Dual Extract made from wild harvested mushroom fruiting bodies.
More on the ecology of Lion's Mane
Not only does Lion's Mane play a huge role in human health, but it also plays a vital role in wild eco-systems. Known as a saprophytic fungus, Lion's Mane grows on dying or dead deciduous trees such as Oak, Beech, and sometimes maple. It has but one mission: to convert dead trees and wood back into soil.
In this jaw-dropping process, the Lion's Mane mycelium grows inside the trees and wood and produces enzymes that break it down. While doing so, the mycelium begins to concentrate nutrients from the trees and wood and stores them in the fruiting body, where we are able to harvest and extract them.
It is in certain conditions that Lion's Mane mycelium starts to grow its fruiting bodies, typically during early fall to early winter when temperatures have cooled but are not freezing. Within this time span, the fruiting body will mature and begin to release its spores. You can think of spores as little tiny mushroom seeds that get carried by the wind and foragers that germinate and spread growth to other areas of the ecosystem. We harvest Lion's Mane only after sporulation has occurred and the mushroom is at its peak nutritional potency. Harvesting before then would hurt the mycelium and could potentially destroy it.
Click here to watch our video on sustainable mushroom foraging.
Why you should try our Lion's Mane Extract
It's rare to find people who are able to keep up with the demands of modern life and stay energized and focused. It's equally as rare to find a company that can provide quality products and cares about the health of our planet.
By purchasing our products, you get potent mushroom extracts sourced from the wild that not only can dramatically improve your health but also help reforest our planet.
Every sale from our store donates to One Tree Planted, an organization that shares our mission for sustainability by planting trees worldwide.