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Top 3 Lion's Mane Spiritual Benefits
May 09, 22
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Top 3 Lion's Mane Spiritual Benefits

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Much scientific research has explored the beneficial bioactive compounds present in the Lion’s Mane mushroom. The mushroom is particularly rich in beta-glucans, a carbohydrate that has been attributed to enhancing the immune system.

Lion’s mane also contains two physiologically important components, her and 15 different types of Erinacines (cyathane diterpenoids). Some of these Erinacines stimulate the growth and development of neurons, thereby contributing to lion's mane neurogenesis benefits(1), like boosting brain health, and improving memory, cognition, and learning.

Protecting against inflammation, oxidative stress, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases are some of the other benefits of the mushroom. Apart from these physical benefits, Lion’s mane is also known to have spiritual benefits.

If you are interested in using Lion’s mane for spiritual purposes, this article is just the right thing you need to read. Here we will talk about Lion’s mane's spiritual benefits and whether lion's mane makes you happy?  We will also explore if you can use Lion’s mane while on other medications.

What are lion's mane mushroom spiritual benefits?

Hericium Erinaceus is not only great for our physical health, but it also helps to improve our spiritual connection.

Lion’s mane mushrooms are also known as the “spirit plant”. It is believed that this mushroom was used by Buddhist monks during meditation to intensify the ability to focus. Lion’s mane helps achieve a clear mental state, which is perfect for meditation.

The Buddhist monk Shaolin was known to drink a cup of Lion’s mane before meditating. Lion’s mane mushroom is considered to be a powerful tool to help the body connect with the spiritual realm. It can help connect with the higher power and open up to new levels of spiritual growth.

Let’s look at the top 3 Lion’s mane spiritual benefits, all of which are backed by science!

  • Lion’s mane mushroom improves focus

Lion’s mane supports longevity and general well-being. The mushroom is a nootropic medicinal fungus, which is scientifically proven(2) to improve focus, concentration, and memory. Studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory properties of Lion’s mane improve blood flow, thereby providing the brain with more blood and oxygen for focus.

The fungus also stimulates the production of the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF)(3), a protein that helps to build and repair brain cells. A decline in concentration is brought about by the damage of neurons in the brain.

Antioxidants in the mushroom can also strengthen the brain cells(4) and promote the growth of new neurons. This can eventually promote memory, learning, focus, and concentration.

  • Lion’s mane brings mental clarity

Based on research, NGF seems to ease the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s(5) as well as improves overall mental clarity.

Lion’s mane mushroom is also known as nature's brain juice because of its ability to reduce brain fog, a condition characterized by forgetfulness, lack of mental clarity, and focus. While drinking just a cup of this mushroom may not give u an instant brain fog fix, consistently consuming the mushroom can.

Studies have shown that Lion’s mane can elicit neuroprotective benefits(6) such as enhancing cognitive function and reducing cellular stress in the brain. It helps to target the causes of brain fog, by supporting nerve growth, reducing inflammation, and uplifting the mood.

  • Lion’s mane mushroom reduces anxiety

The mushroom has also been known to reduce symptoms of anxiety.

In 2010, a group of women experiencing depression and anxiety was given Lion’s mane for 4 weeks. At the end of the study period, these women reported an overall improvement in the symptoms of anxiety(7) and depression.

How does Lion's mane make you feel?

Overweight or obese people who were given Lion’s mane supplement for eight weeks had decreased anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. The mushroom improved mood disorders of depressive-anxious nature. 

A 2019 study has reported that Lion’s mane mushroom improved mood(8).

Lion’s mane mushroom makes you feel good on every level. We already know the mushroom reduces anxiety and symptoms of depression, but it also affects our mood!

Does a lion's mane give you energy?

Lion’s mane is a catalyst for energy production; however, it is not a psychoactive substance nor does it give you a high. It simply increases the energy in the body.

The mushroom is high in antioxidants(9). These substances help remove unstable and harmful molecules in the body. More antioxidants in your diet mean it is easier for the body to generate clean energy.

Lion’s mane is also known to remove lactic acid from the blood, which creates fatigue post intense exercise and physical activity. The mushroom also promotes the production of glycogen, which promotes the production of energy(10).  

Can you take Lion’s mane with antidepressants?

Because Lion’s mane helps with depression, one of the first questions people ask is can you take lion's mane with antidepressants?

The lion’s mane drug interaction has not been studied extensively in humans. That being said, there are no studies currently that indicate a potential interaction between medications for depression and the mushroom. The mushroom has not been shown to reduce or increase the effects of antidepressants; however, it is always safe to consult your healthcare provider before starting any mushroom supplements.

Final Thoughts

When our brain and body function at their highest capacity, it ties well with spirituality. When you are physically healthy; improved productivity, focus, and concentration are some of the extra benefits.

Reduced anxiety and improved focus and mental clarity, are the top three Lion’s mane spiritual benefits. Because of these benefits, Lion’s mane has been nicknamed a “smart mushroom”. It remains a top choice for health seekers and professionals who require improved cognition, focus, and memory to excel in their field of work. Get one for yourself to experience these amazing benefits!

References

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