Here’s a really delicious tasting mushroom to try if you haven’t already, Lion’s Mane or Hericium erinaceus. It’s known as Yamabushitake, bearded tooth mushroom, bearded hedgehog, or satyr’s beard. It looks more like a white pom-pom or sea anemone than a lion’s mane.
I got this lovely fruiting body at the Arcata farmers’ market this weekend and immediately had to try it. I’ve had Lion’s Mane in coffee and tea as a powder, but this was my first experience eating it. I chopped up some fresh organic garlic, added a few pats of vegan butter, and put it on medium heat.
Lion’s Mane is the most powerful nootropic mushroom of all. Nootropic meaning it enhances cognitive function – gives your brain a boost. One way Lion’s Mane affects brain function is by enhancing neurite growth. An increase in neurite growth could slow down or reverse brain cell degeneration, which is the found in people with diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a study that listed the benefits of Lion’s Mane mushroom as “antibiotic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-fatigue, anti-hypertensive, anti-hyperlipidemic, anti-senescence [anti-aging], cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective, and improves anxiety, cognitive function, and depression.
Here’s more benefits of Lion’s Mane.