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Lion's Mane, Hericium erinaceus (bearded tooth mushroom, satyr's beard, bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, or bearded tooth fungus), is an edible mushroom belonging to the tooth fungus group. Native to North America, Europe and Asia it can be identified by its long spines (greater than 1 cm length), its appearance on hardwoods and its tendency to grow a single clump of dangling spines. In the wild, these mushrooms are common during late summer and fall on hardwoods, particularly American Beech.
Hericium erinaceus contains a number of polysaccharides, such as B-glucan, heteroglucans, heteroxylans, as several cyanthane derivative triterpenes known as hericenone and erinacine. These latter compounds are found in the fruitbody and mycelium respectively. Hericium erinaceus has long a history of use in traditional Chinese medicine.
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 glucans, but verification that starch content is low, and that there are no pesticide residues. One of the biggest controversies in the 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 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 inneffective 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-Glugan (β-Glucan) minimum content: 25%
As a dietary supplement, take 1000mg of Lion's Mane Mushroom Extract once daily.
Nootropics Depot offers 30g or 60g jars of certified organic Lion's Mane Whole Fruiting Body Mushroom Extract. Nootropics Depot's Lion's Mane mushroom extract powder has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
You may also like our Lion's Mane Mushroom 8:1 Extract powder.
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.
Good stuff. Felt sharper in about 3 or 4 days Thomas Roche on 9th May 2018
I have tried Lion's Mane on and off in the past with mixed results and decided to get back into it again with ND's product and so far I must say I'm satisfied. I've been taking ashwaghanda along with it so YMMV.
I have been taking it in the morning for a bit over a week and a half at the recommended dosage and started gradually feeling the effects after 3-4 days. It seems to give a constant background energy boost, not like a stimulant, but the kind you notice after the fact (no fatigue until late in the day). Dreams have been more vivid and quality of sleep deteriorated during the first few days, but now it seems to be stabilizing. Elevated mood overall. It did seem to exacerbate a mix of mania-like symptoms where I was motivated to do things but also a bit overwhelmed. However I was able to keep them under control. I'll keep on taking it and see how it goes.
Shipping by ND was great and arrived quickly at the border, but it took over a week for Canada Post to get it to my address, so prepare in advance. Unknown on 31st Mar 2018
So taste Unknown on 29th Mar 2018
It's difficult to say if I feel a difference or not from this supplement. My understanding is that the benefits are seen over a long period of time. This is one of the best prices I have found for high quality Lion's Mane extract, and the extract arrived quickly and in good condition. The Lion's Mane extract has a strong, pleasant earthy flavor. I will definitely be ordering from Nootropics Depot again in the future. Greg on 10th Mar 2018
This is an excellent natural nootropic product.
Everything came ok here !!!
Thanks and Regards !!!
Edu Eduardo on 15th Feb 2018
Love it Unknown on 8th Feb 2018
I did not notice an effect at the recommended dosage (1000mg - measured on a food scale) over a few days, mixing with tea or coffee. I began putting using heaping spoonfuls (1000 - 3000 mg) into my drinks and perhaps it gave an effect similar to drinking a cup of coffee after not having any for a couple days. Not a strong effect for me personally.
I was interested in this extract after hearing Tim Ferris say it would "LIGHT YOU UP LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE" on approximately 200 different occasions. That guy gives me the wiggles. I want to like him but he's got a twang to him, right? Like when you catch a quick scent of shit and you think its you, but you sniff your shirt, check your armpits and its nowhere to be found so you stop thinking about it. But then you get out of your car or reach for something on a high shelf and there it is again, like maybe a subtle movement released some shit smelling particulates from a fold in your clothing. And so you look around to make sure nobody is looking and you sniff your fingers, wrists, sniff your shirt, but deeper this time, like you pull the collar up over your nose, grab a wad of shirt below nipple level and then pull it up toward your face because maybe there's stink lower on your body that the earlier checks didn't expose. And now you can smell some armpit fuss, but its mild and its for sure not the shit that you keep whiffin' on. Usually what it is something I stepped in / on. Tim Ferris is like that.
I will say that the smell of the extract is pleasant and it had no taste at all. It does not fully dissolve in liquid though, so if you don't continually stir it will all settle to the bottom and make for a chalky last sip.
I give it 3/5
-Brett Brett on 3rd Feb 2018
To start... I had to leave a star off for the seemingly slow delivery. It could have been christmas deliveries or the difficulty with mail where I live it seems, but beyond that, all is going well. I have enjoyed the product. It appears fresh and high quality. I have been dealing with a little attempt of a bug trying grab hold and so far it has not got the strangle-hold on me. Perhaps due to the fungi. Time will tell. I also have interest in its metabolism effects and effects on the brain. As mentioned, time will tell. I am pleased though. So far, so good.
ND Admin: Thanks for the review. However, we checked your order history and tracking, and it doesn't seem like there was a delay. You ordered at 7:15am on Dec 2nd, and we shipped it the same day. It was delivered to you 2 days later on December 4th. That's fast for USPS Priority. Did you mean to select next day shipping? Paul on 1st Jan 2018
Natural & effective. I have been using lion's mane almost daily for nearly a year, this particular brand for about 2 months, & I am enjoying the clarity & focus it provides me. I use in combination w other tried & true herbs/mushrooms in my coffees throughout the day & I notice a marked change if I leave this mushroom out of my mix. I get a positive mental fluidity, plus the stamina to chase a 2 year old all day without stuttering by the end of it ;)
and I miss this supplement when I am without it a few days, interestingly, like a light craving. Or do I just miss my mentally stimulating little friend? tobbe on 18th Sep 2017
I have been taking my LION'S MANE (HERICIUM ERINACEUS) WHOLE FRUITING BODY MEDICINAL MUSHROOM EXTRACT POWDER for well over two weeks now, and I can definitely feel a noticeable difference in my overall mental clarity.
It is also really "tasteless" and goes really well with my lunchtime green smoothies. Unknown on 25th Aug 2017