Updated: Jan 17
Although there are over 140,000 known fungi, there is one that remains king of cognition.
Lion's Mane Mushroom, also referred to as an adaptogenic mushroom, is notorious for it's mental performance enhancing properties.
"A study was published in Phytotherapy Research in 2009.
For the study, researchers assigned 30 older adults with mild cognitive impairment to take either lion's mane extract or a placebo every day for 16 weeks. In cognitive tests given at weeks eight, 12, and 16 of the study, members of the lion's mane group showed significantly greater improvements compared to members of the placebo group 3."
Lion's Mane Mushroom is currently used holistically in patients diagnosed with PTSD from car accidents. Studies show Lions Mane supports neurogenesis (reproduction of brain cells) which is integral with patients recovering from any degree of mental trauma.
"It was found in Biomedial Research in 2010 that Lion's Mane may help alleviate depression and anxiety. In another study, 30 menopausal women consumed cookies containing either lion's mane or a placebo every day for four weeks. Researchers observed that members of the lion's mane group were less irritable and anxious and had less difficulty concentrating than members of the placebo group"
This powerfully effective mushroom can be found over the counter at most health stores, Whole Foods or Fresh Thyme as well as online (Amazon). Either in powder or pill form, make Lion's Mane part of your morning supplement ritual, your brain will thank you later.