This Mushroom Can Improve Your Memory and Mood

This Mushroom Improves Memory and Mood: Lion's Mane Mushroom

Written by Alex Reid
Posted August 10, 2012

Mighty Mushrooms

Researchers have long studied the health benefits of mushrooms as they have been consumed for thousands of years to supplement everyday bodily health and for more specific medicinal purposes as well.

Of at least 14,000 known variations of this fungi, only approximately 3,000 are fit for human consumption.

Mushrooms are low in calories, an exceptional source of potassium, and rich in riboflavin, niacin, and selenium.

However, one mushroom was recently part of a remarkable double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled experiment. The subjects took four 250 mg tablets containing 96 percent of the mushroom dry powder three times a day for 16 weeks.

In this trial, the Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus) mushroom proved effective in improving mild cognitive impairment. The test was administered to Japanese men and women aged 50-80 years.

These mushrooms are more commonly know as Lion's Mane Mushrooms. Others have been known to refer to them as sheep's head and bear's head. The official Latin name, Hericium erinaceus, means “hedgehog.” 

lion's mane
*Image courtesy of Amongst Other Things - A Korean Compendium

This is just one of about a dozen studies published since 1991 on the positive neurological effects of lion's mane mushrooms. Tests confirm that hericenones and erinacines have the power to stimulate nerve regeneration.

In the wake of our baby boomer population aging, these sorts of topics of study are extremely popular. Hospitals and nursing homes across the country are bracing for an influx of patients suffering from Alzheimer's and senile dementia.

In the past decade alone, Alzheimer-related deaths have spiked up about 66 percent. Our aging community is desperately seeking preventative measures to ensure they are able to enjoy a decent quality of life in retirement and beyond.

In the video below, Dr. Ward Bonds speaks with researcher/educator Mark Kaylor regarding the powerful memory-enhancing agents associated with the Lion's Mane Mushroom. Mr. Kaylor begins with a brief history of these amazing Asian mushrooms.

Kaylor says the Lion's Mane Mushroom has a mild hint of seafood flavor, if you're planning on cooking with them in the near future.

If you're at all concerned about your memory or want a little mood boost every now and again, you may want to consider some Yamabushitake cuisine for your palate.

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