The Lion’s Share: A Deep-Dive into the Lion’s Mane Mushroom

The Lion’s Share: A Deep-Dive into the Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Functional mushrooms, medicinal mushrooms, magic mushrooms (no, not the psychedelic kind!) - whatever you may call them, in recent years, these natural wonders have been gaining popularity for their incredible health benefits. Today, we’re diving into one of the most loved: the Lion's Mane mushroom.

What is Lion's Mane?

Lion's Mane, scientifically known as Hericium erinaceus, is a distinctive mushroom easily recognised by its white, globe-like appearance and long, cascading spines resembling a lion’s mane. This mushroom has a rich history in traditional medicine, particularly in Asia, where it has been used for centuries to support health and longevity. Packed with essential nutrients, Lion's Mane contains bioactive compounds like hericenones and erinacines, which are credited with remarkable neuro-health benefits.

Let’s take a look…!

Cognitive Benefits

Lion's Mane is celebrated for its ability to support cognitive function and memory. Research has shown that the mushroom stimulates the production of nerve growth factor (NGF), a process crucial for the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells. This neuroprotective property helps in nerve regeneration, with some people using it in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s - however, studies for these uses are limited. Additionally, studies suggest that Lion's Mane can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Physical Health Benefits

Beyond cognitive health, Lion's Mane offers a plethora of physical health benefits, including boosting the immune system by enhancing the activity of the gut’s beneficial bacteria, which play a crucial role in the immune response. This famous mushroom's anti-inflammatory properties also help to reduce inflammation throughout the body, aiding in the prevention and management of chronic conditions. Moreover, Lion's Mane supports digestive health by promoting a balanced microbiome, which is essential for overall well-being.

You’re probably beginning to see why we love this mushroom so much!

How to Incorporate Lion's Mane into Your Diet

Incorporating Lion's Mane into your daily routine is easier than you might think. Although it’s not always the easiest mushroom to find in your local shops, it’s also available in supplement form. 


Lion's Mane is available in various supplement forms, including capsules, powders, gummies, and liquids. These supplements offer a convenient way to enjoy its benefits, especially for those with a busy lifestyle.

If you’re seeking an easy addition to your morning coffee to get your brain-boosting fix, our Focus Superblend features Lion’s Mane.

Culinary Uses

For those who enjoy cooking, Lion's Mane can be a delightful addition to your meals. Its mild flavour and seafood-like texture makes it a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. Try adding it to soups or stir-fries, some people enjoy frying it like a steak, while others enjoy shredding it up as an addition to rice dishes. It’s even possible to grow your own at home if you fancy the project!

Research and Studies

Although Lion’s Mane has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for years, we’re only just beginning to see clinical trials and studies focussing on this powerful mushroom. As we’ve explored above, research has already demonstrated its effectiveness in promoting neurogenesis, enhancing cognitive function, and supporting overall health. Current research trends are exploring its potential in cancer treatment, diabetes management, and more, promising exciting discoveries in the near future.

It seems we’ve only just scratched the surface of Lion’s Mane’s medicinal tools.

Lion’s Mane: A Personal Story

Many individuals have experienced remarkable improvements in their health and well-being by incorporating Lion's Mane into their routines. Our founder, Jesse, shares his own personal journey:

"Lion's Mane started it all. With my high-pressure job in music festivals and events, travelling around the world, I found myself burning out and struggling to keep up with the demands of my work. Since turning to functional mushrooms and taking Lion’s Mane regularly, I’ve noticed a significant boost in mental clarity, and also, my overall energy levels."

Lion's Mane is more than just a functional food; it’s a powerhouse of health benefits. From cognitive support to immune enhancement, its versatility makes it a valuable addition to your wellness toolkit. Whether you choose to take it as a supplement or incorporate it into your meals, Lion's Mane can help you unlock a healthier, more vibrant life.

Keen to embrace the power of functional mushrooms?

Explore our Lion's Mane functional mushroom blend.


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