Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) were primarily culinary mushrooms noted for their styptic (ability to stop bleeding) properties. Only recently has lion’s main mushrooms been the focus of serious scientific studies yielding impressive results. Dr. Takashi Mizuno of Japan’s Shizouka University has noted the strong immune system boost due to the polysaccharides that abide in the fruiting body of the lion’s mane mushroom. Studies show that low-molecular-weight phenol and fatty acids found in Lion’s Mane mushrooms seem to directly combat cancer cells. Additionally, Dr. Mizuno reports that lion’s mane may stimulate production of nerve growth factor (NGF), a protein needed for the brain to develop and maintain sensory neurons. This ability to regenerate nerve tissue in the brain suggests lion’s mane potential to be used to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. Additional research is underway to investigate these exciting possibilities.
Chinese scientists at Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that the combination of polysaccharies from Lion’s Mane, when combined with other substances known for lymphocyte synthesis increased their T lymphocyte proliferation by two hundred to three hundred percent. Japanese scientfic studies found (in animal studies) that tumors either stopped or growing or shrank in size in fourteen days due to lion’s mane’s stimulation of the immune system.