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Lion’s Mane Mushroom, also known as Hericium erinaceus, yamabushitake, monkey head mushroom, bearded tooth mushroom, hedgehog mushroom, and pom pom mushroom, among other names, is an edible, medicinal mushroom that belongs to the group tooth fungus. It grows naturally in Asia, Europe, and North America, and has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. Lion’s Mane Mushroom has a very unique appearance with long dangling spines that grow in clumps with likeness to a lion’s mane, pom pom, or hedgehog, as the names for this fungi suggest.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom grows on hardwood, generally late summer through fall in the wild. Fresh Lion’s Mane Mushroom can be found in the wild or at some Asian markets, and are prized for their culinary and nutritional characteristics. But Lion’s Mane Mushroom is also dried and ground into powder to create Lion’s Mane Mushroom Capsules.
While known in the gourmet cooking world for a flavor and texture comparable to seafood and other meat, these mushrooms also offer health benefits that can be maximized in capsule form. While still being researched for its effects, Lion’s Mane Mushroom uses potentially include the following:
Nootropics Depot has partnered with Nammex to offer these certified Organic whole fruiting body extracts, with not only testing to verify the percentage of active beta glugcans, but verification that starch content is low, and that there are no pesticide residues. One of the biggest controversies in the medicinal mushroom industry today is the use of mycelium on grain extracts. Mycelium is to a mushroom like what roots are to a tree. When grown properly, they will form whole fruiting bodies; which are called mushrooms. However, to save money, most US producers of medicinal mushroom extracts today grow the mycelium on a bed of grain, like rice. To speed up production, and to make the end product cheaper to produce, these manufacturers grind up the mycelium and grain together, before allowing them to form whole fruiting bodies.
The issue with that is that mycelium is not a mushroom, just like the roots of a tree are not a tree. The beneficial compounds in these mushroom species are all studied with relation to their fruiting bodies. The FDA even states that mycelium is not allowed to be called "mushrooms." However, many of the biggest brands today thwart that FDA guideline, and put out a cheaply-made, mislabeled, and ultimately ineffective products. They hide this fact by standardizing to "polysaccharides" instead of "β-Glucans." Well guess what shows up as polysaccharides in the traditional testing? Carbohydrates! Yes, the very carbohydrates from the rice used to grow the mycelium is used as a measure of the active ingredient in these substandard extracts. When you are buying one of the major mushroom extracts on store shelves today, you are buying a bunch of ground up rice mixed in with mycelium! It's a scam! This is why we decided to partner with Nammex.
We are selling only certified Organic whole fruiting body extracts, which have been tested for not only the active β-Glucans, but to ensure the starch content is low; to prove what you are getting is actual mushroom, not ground up rice. You will know right away how big of a difference it is. You can even go to the store right now, and pick out one of the major mushroom brands. Mix the "mushroom" powder into some water, and ad a drop of iodine. It will quickly turn a dark purple/blue, indicating high amounts of starch. You'll immediately see how big of a scam it is, and just how many "trusted" brands are in on it!
Beta-Glucan (β-Glucan) minimum content: 25%
As a dietary supplement, take two 500mg Lion's Mane Mushroom Extract capsules daily.
Nootropics Depot offers 60ct. or 180ct. jars of certified organic Lion's Mane Whole Fruiting Body Mushroom Capsules. Nootropics Depot's Lion's Mane Mushroom capsules have been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
To learn more, read the Lion's Mane Mushroom reviews and experiences below.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
I was really happy with this purchase and have referred numerous people to this product. The first dose of Lion's Mane "turned on the lights." After that, it seems to be slowly working. I've just reentered a highly technical field and don't think I could have done it without this supplement. I learned not to take two a day as it really impacts me, but the one a day seems to be gradual improvement and maintenance. Happy Buyer on 7th Mar 2018
A bit of research into Lions mane shows that the health benefits are extremely valuable, such as increased NGF, improved wound healing, reducing anxiety, etc.
The noticeable effects are also quite exciting at even just one capsule of 500mg, I found similar to mushrooms in that you may have increased sensitivity to others, but not enough to feel like a trip, just enhancement (it’s essentially a micro dose).
However my pupils definitely become dilated with the lowest dose of 500mg, and the colour around my eyes becomes a lighter shade of brown (quite an attractive side effect if you don’t care that people might notice your eyes appear to indicate you’re on some substance). True there are many reasons why the pupils might dilate, however for someone aware of substances, it is noticeable.
I wish there was a 250mg dose. Or perhaps another medicinal mushroom doesn’t dilate the pupils so much.
Will continue taking but just being careful of when, because the dilation does extend to the next day after sleeping, although does reduce. Felix on 26th Jan 2018
I have taken Lion's Mane capsules for a few months and I can really see a change in my overall mood. I teach high school and my energy level and general attitude are noticably higher. I have no doubt that it's because of the Lion's Mane. Good quality at a good price! Leslye Rene' McKnight on 1st Jan 2018
Ten months after a concussion I still didn’t feel 100% back to normal. This has helped a bit. It takes a few weeks to build up and is a subtle effect. I have super low blood sugar as it is and this pushes it even lower, which has made for some hard workouts. For the average person this is probably a non-issue though. I haven’t noticed a big change in mental performance but I haven’t done any grueling sessions like I did in college. I take 2 caps each morning. Unknown on 13th Dec 2017
Out of all the products I've tried till now, Lion's Mane is the one that stands out in terms of improving general well being. At first, that may sound boring but when you consider that it comes from the visual acuity, bettered short-term memory and impressive memory recall, things seem to be much more exciting.
However, all the benefits are subtle. There is no instant high (except perhaps sometimes vision acuity if it wasn't already there). I am not that type of a person; I prefer more drastic effects. Nevertheless, Lion's mane has changed me in that perspective.
I can easily say it is the best supplement I currently use. Of course, I can't compare the quality of NootropicsDepot's Lion's mane since I haven't tried from anywhere else. Given all these, I strongly recommend it for anyone that wants to better the aforementioned properties. Of course, there are all types of studies finding correlations with many other health benefits so, the very least, research about it :) It's worth it :) Neo on 24th Aug 2017
I took it for memory, and I can tell you honestly it really does improve my memory. I was having a problem with short term memory. But not anymore!!
Thank you Nootropics! Marie Scali on 25th Jul 2017
My vision used to be somewhat staticy; not HPPD or anything but still annoying none the less. After two weeks of 1g a day in the afternoon, my vision has improved even at baseline. Connor on 15th Dec 2016
I recently found out about lions mane & decided I would order some & I like it quite a bit! Suprised how good it was for a totally natural product. Notice a bit of mood elavation & a focus that doesn't make me anti social (as some other substances can do) & no noticeable side effects. kiefer on 14th Oct 2016