Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract 50% Polysaccharides, Beta-(1,3)(1,6)-Glucans >25% Powder

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Written by Puya Yazdi, MD | Last updated: December 12, 2019, taken from

What is Lion’s Mane Mushroom?

Lion’s Mane is an edible mushroom with medicinal properties. This fungus is known by many other names, including hedgehog mushroom, monkey’s mushroom, bear’s head, old man’s beard, Yamabushitake (Japanese), Houtou (Chinese) and Hericium Erinaceus (its Latin scientific name).

It has been used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine throughout history. It is also commonly consumed in many other Asian countries such as Korea and India. Apart from vitamins and minerals, Lion’s Mane also contains some specific compounds such as hericerins, erinacines, erinaceolactones, and specific glycoproteins and polysaccharides.

Components and extracts of Lion’s Mane have proven antibiotic, anticancer, neuroprotective, fat- and glucose-lowering effects. This mushroom also protects against stomach ulcers, improves anxiety, cognitive function, and depression, and has anti-fatigue and anti-ageing properties.

All of these beneficial effects are based on three important properties of this mushroom: it decreases inflammation, acts as an antioxidant, and stimulates the immune system.