One of the medicinal mushrooms , that you should know about, is Lion´s mane (Hericium Erinaceus). It has been used in medicine , and in culinary, for centuries. Mostly in asian countries. But Lion´s mane is gaining popularity in our countries as well. Similar to other medicinal mushrooms, Lion´s mane is available in many different forms, from fresh mushroom to capsules with Lion´s mane extract. Variety of positive effects of Lion´s mane on our body and mind is endless. Lets take a look at most important ones. Did you know that , for example, Lion´s mane strenghtens memory, supports immune system and helps alleviate the symptoms of depression and and anxiety?
What you should know about Lion´s mane ?
Hericium Erinaceus can be found mostly in China, India , Japan, but it is getting popular in every part of the world nowadays. You can consume the whole mushroom, but if you are a fan of mushrooms, you can find an extract in stores in a powder form, tincture or capsules. You can even add it to the tea or coffee. If you want to use its full potencial, you can add hericium extract into many different foods. The whole mushroom itself is very tasty, and you can prepare it in many different ways. Some people compare the taste of mushroom to a taste of crab meat. You have many options on how to prepare the Lions Mane mushroom. You can fry the mushroom, add it to the sandwich, or have it as a side dish.
Add Lion´s mane to sandwich or create „crab cakes“ with it
You should try „Lion´s mane crab cakes“. Here is the recipe: you will need only a couple of basic ingredients : 450 grams of Hericium, a quarter of tablespoon of salt, and 2 spoons of water. Prepare the ¼ cup of chopped onions, the same amount of red peppers, and mayonaise, ½ cup of breadcrumbs and freshly chopped herbs , for example coriander.
Prepare 1 teaspoon of Worcester sauce, 1 large egg and a bit of salt. Clean the mushrooms and chop them. Stew them on the pan for couple of minutes with water and salt. Make them cool down and try to squeeze the liquid out of them , so the cakes will not be too wet.
Add all of the ingredients and you can add any spices that you like. Let the mixture cool down for 15 minutes. After that , you can make cakes from the mixture. After forming the cakes, wrap them in flour , and fry them on the pan softly and after that, put them into the oven for 10 minutes on 175 degrees. You can serve them with fresh herbs salat, or with a bun as a burger.
Benefits of Lion´s mane and optimal dosage
The great benefit of Lion´s mane besides nice taste is that it will protect your brain as well. It will help not only people with healthy brains, but also people with cognitive problems and diseases, such as Alzheimer´s or dementia. Lion´s mane extract helps with formation of new nerve cells and improves memory and other cognitive functions. The upper limit for dosage of Lion´s mane is 3 grams of powdered mushroom per day. The dosage may vary based on weight of the individual.
You can start seeing positive effects after couple weeks of usage. It is important to use the extract long-term, otherwise the positive effects will fade off. We can say, that long- term usage will benefit your brain and it will make it younger.
Long- term usage supports mental and physical well-being. It helps ease the symptoms of depression , anxiety and nervousness. It has strong anti-inflammatory effects and it supports the healthy immune system. It speeds up the metabolic rate and supports digestion. If you have problems with digestion, we recommend to use the Lion´s mane extract before food. After couple of months, your stomach will be working better and the inflammation in the body will lower. Lion´s mane extract protects the digestive tract and it prevents the body against the creation of gastric ulcers.
Lion´s mane also protects against diseases , such as heart attack , and it also protects heart and blood vessels. Some studies have shown that using Lion´s mane extract helps to fight diabetes or cancer.
Don´t forget to include Lion´s mane in you favourite drink – for example coffee
Not only reishi, but also Lion´s mane can greatly enhance your favourite drink – whether it is a coffee or tea. Forget about the regular coffee – people today are drinking coffees with mushroom extracts !
Enjoy Lion´s mane in a cup of Bonoobo coffee
Lion´s mane is a part of Bonoobo Forest mix coffee. It also does contain other medicinal mushroom extracts, such as Cordyceps and Chaga. Bonoobo coffee is 100 % Bio and i tis made from top quality Arabica Beans grown in Peru. Even one cup of Bonoobo coffee may help you to improve mood, and make your day better ! It will strenghten immune system, improve brain function and can help maintain stable levels of blood sugar. Don´t forget to try other coffee´s as well, for example Superhealth coffee with reishi, or Triple energy coffee with Ginseng, or Zen coffee with ashwagandha.
Side effects of Lion´s mane
When considering using Lion´s mane, you should seek for highest quality on the market. People that suffer from different food allergies or ashtma should be aware. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consider not supplementing Lions mane. There are no serious side effects that are proven to be caused by Lion´s mane supplementation.
Do not exceed the daily recommended dosage, and enjoy all the benefits of Lion´s mane today!