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The Powerful Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Saturday, February 25th 2023 10:00am 6 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

The lion’s mane mushroom is a scruffy, shaggy delicacy that looks like its name. You might hesitate to eat it, but it has tremendous benefits like brain repair and cancer-fighting properties. Currently, research is investigating dozens of other potential health benefits.

Lion’s mane mushroom is a nootropic food that has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. An extensive body of research shows the amazing depth of health benefits.

One study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says the benefits include “antibiotic, anticarcinogenic, antidiabetic, anti-fatigue, antihypertensive, anti-hyperlipodemic, anti-senescence [anti-aging], cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective, and improves anxiety, cognitive function, and depression.”

Let’s take a deeper look at lion’s mane mushroom and why you might want to incorporate it into your daily diet.

What is lion’s mane mushroom?

Lion’s mane mushroom is found in Asia, Europe, and North America and belongs to the hydnoid fungi group. Research shows that lion’s mane provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immunostimulating properties in cells, animals, and humans.

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