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Hericium erinaceus: Which is the Best Lion's Mane Mushroom for You?

Hericium erinaceus: Which is the Best Lion's Mane Mushroom for You?

Posted by Nootropics Depot on 31st Aug 2021

What Is Lion's Mane Mushroom?

Hericium erinaceus, also known as Lion’s Mane mushroom, is a very unique mushroom that is widely distributed though North America and Asia. What makes it unique, first and foremost, is its appearance. Lion’s Mane, as the name might suggest, looks like the mane of a lion. This is because it has many small spines that lump together to form a "mane". More importantly, Lion’s Mane is unique because of its wide range of applications; ranging from a prized culinary ingredient that is reminiscent of lobster, to a multi-functional dietary supplement which may support overall cognition and mood. Our Lion’s Mane mushroom, like all of our mushroom extracts, is grown deep in the mountains of China, far away from pollution. Nootropics Depot offers two Lion’s Mane extracts; a full spectrum hot water treated extract and an 8:1 dual hydro-alcoholic extract.

Heavy Metal and Skip Lot Testing of Lion's Mane Mushroom

Research has found that various commercial mushroom extract products contain worryingly high levels of heavy metals. To ensure that our products contain safe levels of heavy metals, Nootropics Depot has a rigorous in-house and third party testing protocol in place that goes beyond the industry standard. The industry standard is "skip lot testing." This testing protocol usually tests the first three batches from the supplier to ensure quality standards are met. After the initial three tests, the supplier can decide upon a testing frequency allowing them to test. For example, only every third batch that comes in or only testing a product once a year. Nootropics Depot and various other companies have come to learn that with skip lot testing, a lot of things can fall through the cracks. Due to this, Nootropics Depot tests every single batch that comes in. No exceptions!

What Is Lion's Mane Mushroom?

Hericium erinaceus, also known as Lion’s Mane mushroom, is a very unique mushroom that is widely distributed though North America and Asia. What makes it unique, first and foremost, is its appearance. Lion’s Mane, as the name might suggest, looks like the mane of a lion. This is because it has many small spines that lump together to form a "mane". More importantly, Lion’s Mane is unique because of its wide range of applications; ranging from a prized culinary ingredient that is reminiscent of lobster, to a multi-functional dietary supplement which may support overall cognition and mood. Our Lion’s Mane mushroom, like all of our mushroom extracts, is grown deep in the mountains of China, far away from pollution. Nootropics Depot offers two Lion’s Mane extracts; a full spectrum hot water treated extract and an 8:1 dual hydro-alcoholic extract.

Heavy Metal and Skip Lot Testing of Lion's Mane Mushroom

Research has found that various commercial mushroom extract products contain worryingly high levels of heavy metals. To ensure that our products contain safe levels of heavy metals, Nootropics Depot has a rigorous in-house and third party testing protocol in place that goes beyond the industry standard. The industry standard is "skip lot testing." This testing protocol usually tests the first three batches from the supplier to ensure quality standards are met. After the initial three tests, the supplier can decide upon a testing frequency allowing them to test. For example, only every third batch that comes in or only testing a product once a year. Nootropics Depot and various other companies have come to learn that with skip lot testing, a lot of things can fall through the cracks. Due to this, Nootropics Depot tests every single batch that comes in. No exceptions!


Lion's Mane Mushroom Supplement Comparisons

CONCENTRATED DUAL EXTRACT*

What To Know About Lion's Mane Mushroom 8:1 Dual Extract

Lower In Beta-Glucans But Higher In Ethanol Soluble Compounds*

Minimum 15% Beta-Glucan Content*

May Help Support Cardiovascular Health*

☑ May Help Promote A Subtle Lift In Mood*

May Help Promote Cognitive Function*

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FULL SPECTRUM MUSHROOM*

What To Know About Lion's Mane Mushroom 1:1 Extract

Higher In Beta-Glucans*

Minimum 25% Beta-Glucan Content*

May Help Support Immune System Function*

☑ May Help Support Relaxation*

May Help Promote Cognitive Function*

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Which Lion's Mane Mushroom Extract is Best for Me?

Nootropics Depot's 8:1 Lion's Mane extract is created using a dual solvent method using both water and ethanol. Beneficial compounds known as Hericenones are only ethanol soluble. Various research suggests that these ethanol soluble compounds are responsible for cognitive and cardiovascular benefits. This is why an 8:1 extract could be a better option for those looking to take advantage of these specific Lion's Mane benefits. Comparatively, if we focus our attention more on water soluble compounds, we are presented with a very comprehensive Lion's Mane mushroom extract that can help support overall health. For those looking for daily overall health support, the 1:1 Lion’s Mane mushroom will be your best bet, whereas if you would really like to support cognitive function specifically, then the 8:1 is the clear winner.


What To Know About Lion's Mane Mushroom 1:1 Extract

The full spectrum 1:1 Lion’s Mane extract is simply the whole mushroom, which has been treated with hot water to break down the cell walls of the mushroom (chitin), which increases bioavailability. The bioavailability is increased because the beneficial polysaccharides (beta-d-glucans) are trapped within the cell walls of the mushroom, thus breaking it down will allow them to become liberated. All of the raw Lion’s Mane mushroom that goes through this process is collected, dried, and turned into a powder. This means that with the full spectrum 1:1 Lion’s Mane extract you will be getting every beneficial compound presented in the chart on the right. This full spectrum Lion's Mane Mushroom extract produces a very comprehensive effect profile, ranging from immune system support, memory and nerve health support, while also supporting a positive mood.

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✔ Minimum 25% Beta-Glucan Content*

✔ May Help Support Immune System Function*

✔ May Help Support Relaxation*

✔ May Help Promote Cognitive Function*


What To Know About Lion's Mane Mushroom 8:1 Dual Extract

 The 8:1 Lion’s Mane extract is a more traditional solvent extract. There are various compounds within Lion’s Mane that are only soluble in ethanol (which can also be seen in the chart on the right) such as a majority of the Hericenones, which produce the nerve growth factor (NGF) boosting effects associated with Lion’s Mane. There are also certain compounds in Lion’s Mane, such as the beta-glucans, which are not ethanol soluble and are only soluble in water. By using ethanol as our main solvent during extraction, we can extract and concentrate a higher amount of ethanol soluble compounds. This produces a Lion's Mane extract that is geared more towards supporting cognitive function than the full spectrum extract. To make the Lion’s Mane 8:1 extract, a whopping 8 kilograms of raw Lion’s Mane mushroom needs to be used to produce just a single kilogram of the 8:1 extract. This does not make the 8:1 Lion’s Mane extract 8 times more powerful but it does shift the character of its benefits due to concentrating the cognition-supporting ethanol soluble compounds in Lion’s Mane mushroom.

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✔ Minimum 15% Beta-Glucan Content*

✔ May Help Support Cardiovascular Function*

✔ May Help Promotes A Subtle Lift In Mood*

✔ May Help Promote Cognitive Function*


Scoops: Nootropics Depot does not provide scoops or spoons with any of our products. Scoops are highly unreliable for accurate measuring. Scoops measure volume rather than weight which is problematic because all powders have different densities. A milligram scale is needed to accurately measure powder products.

*Attention: 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.

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