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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) content: 20%
Product contains either a 60ct. or 180ct. jar of Certified Organic Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) mushroom extract 500mg capsules
*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.
Get more insight by reading Lion’s Mane Mushroom reviews below.
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