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Columbia University has been engaged in a study to search for nerve growth synthesis-promoting agents in medicinal mushrooms since 1991.
The research team discovered a class of chroman derivatives in the fruit body of Lion’s Mane mushroom called the hericenones C-H that stimulate nerve growth and subsequently reduce stress related issues.
Extracts of Lion’s Mane mushroom promote myelin sheath growth on nerve cells.
Research suggests that Lion’s Mane may even help to slow the progression of degenerative neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
Even for those in good health, Lion’s Mane may provide an additional cognitive boost and significant stress relief.
Lion’s Mane is found to be highly effective in the treatment of “environmental stress”.
Lion’s Mane alleviated anxiety in 18 of 20 patients after four months of use.
Lion’s Mane has a “calmative function”, but is neither a narcotic or a hypnotic.
“The Anti-Stress Effect of Lion’s Mane Mushroom and Its Clinical Application” Townsend Letter April, 2004
In a research study 54 people (average age 58.6) whose blood pressure was over 140/90, and who were unresponsive to hypertension medication, began taking three Lion’s Mane capsules per day for four weeks. A significant drop in blood pressure was experienced. All of the test subject’s blood pressure fell below 140/90. Conclusion: Lion’s Mane has the unique ability to calm and support the nerve function for people with chronic stress, anxiety or insomnia. Heart Disease by Burton Goldberg and Hobbs, C 1995
Stress creates acidic conditions in the body that can lead to severe muscle aches. Dr. William B. Stavinhoa of the Health Science Center, University of Texas, found that Lion’s Mane is as powerful as five milligrams of hydrocortisone, but without the side effects. Dr. William B. Stavinhoa of the Health Science Center, University of Texas
Lion’s Mane mushroom can calm the mind, as well as improve memory, concentration and focus. Dr. Ray Sahelia, “Mind Boosters”.
Dr. Terry Willard, a proponent of the medical uses of Lion’s Mane mushroom, maintains that with its use free radicals are decreased by 50.4 percent. Attaining Medical Self Sufficiency An Informed Citizens Guide by Duncan Long
Lion’s Mane has significant scientific backing showing its ability to strengthen the nervous system and normalize stressful effects.
How To Use Herbs And Nutrients To Stay Well By Mark Mayell, page 291