Lion’s Mane Mushroom is one of the most interesting medicinal mushrooms: the tea made from Lion’s Mane mushrooms has been used for centuries in traditional Japanese herbalism, primarily as a “tonic.” The modern scientific research now tells us it was the beta glucans in the mushroom tea that were in fact offering immune support, among other health benefits.*
Recent studies also show that hot water/alcohol extracts of Lion’s Mane mushroom may strengthen memory and concentration and enhance cognitive abilities.* This research indicates that the hot water/alcohol extract of Lion’s Mane may stimulate the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and may promote and accelerate the process of myelination.*
All of the research on Lion’s Mane mushroom, as well as all of the recorded use in traditional Chinese and Japanese herbalism, has involved the use of hot water extracts.
This is because the active compounds are found inside the cell walls, and, like all medicinal mushrooms, the cell walls of Lion’s Mane mushrooms and mycelium are composed of an indigestible fiber called “chitin.” Hot water extraction is the only research validated process for breaking the active compounds out into a bioavailable form.
There has not been any research done on the unextracted mycelium powder of Lion’s Mane mushroom nor has there been any research done on the tinctures of Lion’s Mane mushrooms or Lion’s Mane mycelium (liquids preserved in alcohol.)
The Mushroom Science Lion’s Mane mushroom supplement is the only guaranteed potency hot water extract on the market and the only Lion’s Mane supplement that lists guaranteed levels of active compounds on the label.