Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane Dual-Extract

  • Nerve regeneration/heals nerve damage
  • Rebuilds myelin
  • Immune enhancement
  • Gastro-protective
  • Antimicrobial/Anti-Candida
  • Supports healing from injury
  • Improves long & short term memory
  • Natural medicine for Alzheimers and senility
  • Mood enhancer

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is classified as a ‘teethed fungus’ due to its appearance with cascading spines that represent teeth, although in reality they look more like a waterfall or even a white hedgehog. It has long been considered a prize gourmet mushroom due to its succulent texture and seafood-like flavour, and like many other great medicinal fungi it was once exclusively reserved for the royalty and noblemen of various Asian countries. The successful cultivation of this species has made played an important role in making it more affordable widespread, to be appreciated by a greater number of people around the world.

The health benefits of this incredible mushroom are vast – it contains immune enhancing polysaccharides that have been extensively studied and revealed anti-tumour properties. It also possesses the ability to fortify the GI tract, protect the lining of the stomach and is frequently used as a treatment for gastritis. In fact, Lion’s Mane has been used for hundreds (if not thousands) of years for treating a wide range of different stomach ailments which include the treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal cancer. It is also antimicrobial and has a particular talent for isolating and eliminating species of Candida and Aspergillus that may be in excess within the body.

However, perhaps the most fascinating aspect to this mushroom is its ability to regenerate the nervous system. Two constituents in Lion’s Mane known as hericiones and erinacines actually contain Nerve Growth Stimulant Factor, which stimulate neurons to regrow – healing the nervous system and preventing nerve damage/neuronal death. These substances also rebuild the myelin sheath – the fatty insulation that surrounds the nerves and ensures the safe transmission of nerve impulses. Through intensive in vitro and in vivo studies that include both humans and animals, Lion’s Mane has shown genuine benefits in restoring neurological function, improving cognitive abilities and enhancing muscle/motor response pathways. It is a significant natural medicine for conditions such as senility and Alzheimer’s disease and has exhibited the ability to not only improve memory and the ability to concentrate, but also elevate mood and behave as a mild antidepressant.


In a 2012 article by mycologist Paul Stamets about the neuro-protective effects of Lion’s Mane, he wrote:

About a dozen studies have been published on the neuroregenerative properties of Lion’s Mane mushrooms since 1991, when Dr. Kawagishi first identified NGFs in Japanese samples. Since his original discovery, in vitro and in vivo tests have confirmed that hericenones and erinacines stimulate nerve regeneration. In 2009, researchers at the Hokuto Corporation and the Isogo Central and Neurosurgical Hospital published a small clinical study. Giving Lion’s Mane to 30 Japanese patients with mild cognitive impairment resulted in significant benefits for as long as they consumed the mushrooms:

The subjects of the Lion’s Mane group took four 250mg tablets containing 96% of Lion’s Mane dry powder 3 times a day for 16 weeks. After termination of the intake, the subjects were observed for the next 4 weeks. At weeks 8, 12 and 16 of the trial, the Lion’s Mane group showed significantly increased scores on the cognitive function scale compared with the placebo group. The Lion’s Mane’s group scores increased with the duration of intake, but at week 4 after the termination of the 16 weeks intake, the scores decreased significantly. (Mori, 2009).” – Paul Stamets.

Other in vivo studies have shown a remarkable decrease in amyloid plaque formation – a biomarker associated with Alzheimer’s. These plaques create inflammation in the brain and damage healthy neurons, resulting in loss of memory and curiosity. Animal subjects have revealed indisputable evidence that regular consumption of Lion’s Mane inhibits the formation of amyloid plaques and the symptoms that are associated with it.

This unique ability to heal the nervous system also applies to nerve damage that is the result of injury by restoring structure and function to neurological tissue, increasing sensation and movement in the affected area as well as decreasing pain associated with the injury. This is fantastic news for those recovering from serious injury.

The overwhelming majority of scientific studies regarding Lion’s Mane have been conducted using either aqueous extracts, ethanolic extracts or both, and the greatest results appear to come from the fresh fruiting body as opposed to drying the mushrooms out prior to use. This is why Nyishar Lion’s Mane Dual-Extract is made from fresh organic Lion’s Mane fruiting body, and is dual-extracted into both high grade ethanol and fresh spring water to provide the full spectrum of active constituents.

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