The Lions Mane! First Smart Mushroom?

Short clip of Paul Stamets calling the Lions Mane the “First Smart Mushroom” due to the possibility of studies showing this to have neuroprotective and neuroregenerative properties that could help in the fight against Dementia, Alzheimers and other memory related problems.

“Lion’s mane may be our first ‘smart’ mushroom. It is a safe, edible fungus that appears to confer cognitive benefits on our aging population.” – Paul Stamets

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The Latin name for lion’s mane is Hericium erinaceus; both names mean “hedgehog”.


“Lion’s mane mushrooms are increasingly studied for their neuroprotective effects. Two novel classes of Nerve Growth Factors (NGFs) — molecules stimulating the differentiation and re-myelination of neurons — have been discovered in this mushroom so far. These cyathane derivatives are termed “hericenones” and “erinacines.” The levels of these compounds can vary substantially between strains, based on the measurements our team has conducted.

About a dozen studies have been published on the neuroregenerative properties of lion’s mane mushrooms since 1991, when Dr. Kawagishi first identified NGFs in Japanese samples. Since his original discovery, in vitro and in vivo tests have confirmed that hericenones and erinacines stimulate nerve regeneration. In 2009, researchers at the Hokuto Corporation and the Isogo Central and Neurosurgical Hospital published a small clinical study. Giving lion’s mane to 30 Japanese patients with mild cognitive impairment resulted in significant benefits for as long as they consumed the mushrooms.”

Is it conclusive, no certainly not but very interesting non the less. These properties could turn out to be the future of Dementia research. Just thought I’d throw this out there for those that may know people suffering from this horrible illness.

Author: Andrew

My name's Andrew Towell, I’m 32 years of age and I was born and live in a coastal town called Hartlepool located in the North East of England. The idea behind starting the blog is for me to research sustainable living practices, I enjoy growing plants so their will be an emphasis on organic food production.

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