Scientific Name: Hericium erinaceus
Lion’s mane mushrooms, also known as hedgehog mushroom, is white and bulb shaped. It has a distinctive appearance, with what appears to be a large mass of long tendrils similar to a shaggy lion’s mane. The entire length of each tendril is attached to the mushroom’s body.
Lion’s mane mushrooms have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to support the brain and neurological functioning. It also has long been used in Chinese and Japanese medicine to nourish the lungs, heart, spleen, kidney and liver, as well as to promote good digestion, strength and vitality. Historically, the Lion's Mane mushroom was reserved for royalty, but it has been used for centuries for its anti-microbial and immunological activity. It wasn’t until 1988 that the artificial cultivation of lion’s mane mushrooms was first reported in China.
Health & Medicinal Benefits
- Improves cognitive functioning (improving dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s)
- Strengthens the intestinal immune system (which protects the body from pathogens that
enter through the nose and mouth)
- Relieves symptoms of depression and anxietyReduces inflammation and oxidative stress
- Reduces heart disease risk
- Helps manage symptoms of diabetes
- May help fight cancer
Nutritional Benefits (3.5 oz fresh):
Calories: 35 calories
Carbohydrates: 7 g
Protein: 2.4 g
It’s hard to pinpoint the vitamin and mineral content of Lion’s Mane mushrooms because they have not produced for mass consumption, however they're believed to be a good source of iron, potassium, selenium and zinc.