Lion’s mane is a white, voluminous, and shaggy mushroom that is hailed as the king of the Hericiaceae family. As the name indicates, the mushroom resembles the lion’s mane. It is a traditional Chinese nootropic herb that is also called pom-pom mushroom, bearded tooth mushroom, satyr’s beard, and bearded hedgehog.
Lion’s mane can be seen on decaying oak maple, and birch tree. It attacks its host and kills it in the process.
Although the appearance of a lion’s mane is hysterical but it is capable of providing more than just a visual treat. Its taste reminds the avid foodies of the seafood. Its chewy texture with a hint of sweet-savory flavor has got everyone heads over heels. As much as it’s enjoyed in culinary discipline, its medicinal properties have also earned it plenty of double-takes. Lion’s mane is celebrated for bolstering the immune system and helping in memory retention, regeneration of nerve cells, anxiety, and depression. Lion’s mane helps manage many disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, heart diseases, cancer, ulcers, and so forth. The claimed anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the lion’s mane play a stellar job at arresting copious culprits that are accountable for the deterioration of the body.
The fruiting bodies of the lion’s mane possess hericenones and erinacines that can easily cross the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) to stimulate the regulation of growth, maintenance, proliferation, and survival of target neurons.