Contraindications for lion’s mane

Lion’s mane mushrooms are incredibly healthy, but they may have some contraindications. Here’s when you should think twice about downloading Hericium erinaceus:

What are the benefits of lion’s mane mushrooms?

Can lion’s mane be harmful?

Who Shouldn’t Get Lion’s Mane Mushrooms?

Can lion’s mane cause an allergic reaction?

Should people with asthma take lion’s mane?

Does lion’s mane interact with medications?

How much lion’s mane should you take per day?

How do you get lion’s mane mushrooms?

How much lion’s mane is in AdaptogenShroomsgranola?

What are Lion’s Mane Mushrooms?

The medicinal lion’s mane mushroom (Yamabushitake, Hericium erinaceus) is a adaptogenic mushroom used for culinary and medicinal purposes in alternative medicine for centuries.

This mushroom is considered one of the the healthiest mushrooms you can eat because of its many health benefits. It grows on the remains of dead trees and prefers a cooler climate, which is why it grows mainly in northern Europe, northern Asia and North America.

Benefits of lion’s mane mushroom

Research on health benefits of lion’s mane indicates that the mushroom has significant potential to promote neurogenesis (nerve growth) and to prevent and repair nerve damage.

Lion’s mane mushrooms appear to have protective effects on the brain, appearing to improve overall brain health and relieve neuropathic pain, among other neurological effects.

The effects of the lion’s mane on the body are also impressive. This mushroom provides antioxidant activity, appears to improve digestive health, and may even provide protective effects against stomach ulcers.

Potential benefits of lion’s mane mushroom include:

  • reduction of symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • reversal of mild cognitive impairment
  • protection against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • reducing nerve inflammation and pain
  • encouraging apoptosis of cancer cells
  • maintaining cognitive functions and accelerating the recovery of nervous system injuries
  • providing antihyperglycemic and antihyperlipidemic actions
  • reducing symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis

The spiritual benefits of lion’s mane

Lion’s mane mushrooms seem to have spiritual benefits. Shaolin monks in ancient China used lion’s mane mushroom in daily practice to improve their concentration. It was believed to increase ‘Chi’, a mystical, energetic life force. The bioactive compounds in lion’s mane actually seem to improve focus and memory.

Side effects of lion’s mane

Available research and centuries of use suggest that lion’s mane supplements have no side effects. If you are new to this fungus, you may experience mild digestive issues when you start taking lion’s mane, but these side effects should subside after a few hours.

Contraindications for lion’s mane

Hericium erinaceus is incredibly healthy. However, in rare cases, lion’s mane extracts may cause an allergic reaction or asthma attack and may interact with certain medications.

Allergies to lion’s mane

Allergies to lion’s mane are extremely rare. However, if you are allergic to other fungi, mold, or yeast, you should watch for mushroom allergy symptoms when you first take Hericium erinaceus.

Symptoms of mushroom allergy include:

  • skin rashes or hives
  • runny nose and watery eyes
  • swelling of the mouth, lips or throat;
  • Nausea, vomiting and persistent diarrhea

The lion’s mane and asthma

Although there is no research on the effects of lion’s mane on asthma, there is some concern among medical reviewers that this mushroom may worsen asthma symptoms. If you have asthma, pay attention to how you feel for a week or so after you start taking lion’s mane. If you notice that your asthma symptoms are getting worse, stop taking Hericium erinaceus.

Drug interactions of lion’s mane

As a medicinal mushroom, Hericium erinaceus can lower blood sugar levels and slow blood clotting. Due to these effects, lion’s mane may interact with medications which also has these results.

According to a recent animal study on the effects of lion’s mane in experimental diabetic rats, the activity of the aqueous extract of lion’s mane appears to include antihyperglycemic potential. Although there are no studies on the effects of lion’s mane extracts in people with diabetes, people taking antidiabetic drugs should be careful when taking the mushroom.

Research suggests that Hericium erinaceus mushroom extracts can also have an inhibitory effect on collagen-induced platelet aggregation. Since platelet aggregation is responsible for blood clotting, Hericium erinaceus extract could slow the body’s ability to form blood clots and interfere with wound healing processes in your body.

What is the ideal lion’s mane dosage per day?

For overall health maintenance, a daily dose of 250 mg to 750 mg of lion’s mane extract per day should be sufficient, at least in the beginning. Hericium erinaceus extracts are usually more potent than powdered supplements, so 250 mg of lion’s mane extract is equivalent to about 2000 mg of lion’s mane powder.

You can increase the dose gradually if you feel you would benefit from taking more lion’s mane. However, for antioxidants and overall health maintenance, a lion’s mane dosage up to 1000 mg per day should be plenty.

The best way to get lion’s mane mushrooms

If you have no contraindications, you may be interested in taking lion’s mane mushrooms yourself. If so, why not do it with some tasty ones medicinal mushroom granola?

Mushroom  AdaptogenShroomsgranola

The ultra-concentrated extract we use contains 10-15 times the nutrients of a regular lion’s mane mushroom powder, without any mushroom taste.

The granola is made with high quality, vegan ingredients and contains a perfect daily dose of lion’s mane. What more could you want from a breakfast bowl of cereal?

Frequently asked questions about lion’s mane contraindications

How much lion’s mane is in AdaptogenShroomsgranola?

AdaptogenShroomsgranola uses a high quality lion’s mane extract made from whole medicinal mushrooms. Our double extraction method extracts both water-soluble beta-glucans and alcohol-soluble triterpenes. Our brewing process breaks down the indigestible chitin cell walls of the mushroom to extract far more of these compounds than conventional processes.

One serving of granola provides us with 250 mg of ultra-concentrated lion’s mane extract, which is eight times more concentrated than regular lion’s mane dietary supplement. So you get as much power in lion’s mane as you would if you were taking a 2000mg mushroom powder supplement, all in a bowl of granola.

Does lion’s mane have immediate results?

It may take about a month to notice the long-term effects of lion’s mane. However, you may experience some effects of lion’s mane right away. For example, you will likely feel the energizing and anxiolytic effects of Hericium erinaceus after a few days.

Can lion’s mane increase anxiety?

No, lion’s mane mushrooms should not increase anxiety. Research shows that Hericium erinaceus extracts can relieve mild symptoms of anxiety and depressive disorders.

ONE recent double-blind, placebo-controlled trial examined the effects of Hericium erinaceus on the sleep quality and general well-being of students during a particularly stressful exam period.

Students reported feeling less stressed and their sleep patterns significantly improved after 4 weeks of using lion’s mane mushroom extract.

Does Lion’s Mane Affect Serotonin?

Lion’s mane appears to stabilize serotonin levels. ONE study on the effects of Hericium erinaceus mushroom extracts on dopamine and serotonin levels examined the production of these neurotransmitters in stressed mice. The study concludes that lion’s mane “could be an attractive agent for the treatment of depressive disorders” due to its stabilizing effects on serotonin and dopamine.

Does lion’s mane have psychoactive effects?

No, the lion’s mane cannot reach you high and has no psychoactive effect. Mushrooms that can cause an overdose contain a compound called psilocybin, a natural psychedelic substance that can alter your state of mind. Lion’s mane does not contain psilocybin or other psychoactive compounds, so there is no risk of breaking out from eating this mushroom.

Can you overdose on lion’s mane?

No, you cannot overdose on lion’s mane mushrooms. Whether you eat lion’s mane, or take a supplement or food fortified with this mushroom, there is no risk of overdose, no matter how much you take.

Is lion’s mane anti-inflammatory?

Yes, Lion’s mane has anti-inflammatory properties. The results of a recent study on the anti-inflammatory effects of Hericium erinaceus (higher basidiomycetes) show that lion’s mane exhibited anti-inflammatory effects through inhibition of TLR4-JNK signaling.

The TLR4-JNK pathway promotes inflammation. By inhibiting TLR4-JNK signaling, Hericium erinaceus appears to reduce inflammation levels in adipose tissue, which is associated with obesity and is generally prone to chronic inflammation.

What are the benefits of lion’s mane neurogenesis?

Research on the health benefits of lion’s mane shows that Lion’s mane mushroom extracts have significant potential to promote neurogenesisas well as the prevention and restoration of nerve damage.

Lion’s mane mushrooms contain bioactive compounds (ericenones and erinacins) in their fruiting bodies. These bioactive compounds promote the development of nerve growth factors, which are largely responsible for nerve regeneration.

What is the ideal lion’s mane dosage for neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a particularly painful and disruptive condition caused by nerve dysfunction and damage. Lion’s mane appears to relieve neuropathy by promoting nerve regeneration and neurogenesis.

To reduce neuropathic pain, it is best to take about 500-1000 mg of Hericium erinaceus 1-3 times a day. The exact dose will vary from person to person, so you should experiment until you find the perfect dose for you.

Can I get lion’s mane with reishi mushrooms?

Yes, you can get lion’s mane with any medicinal mushroom, including reishi mushroom, as well as turkey, chaga and shiitake mushrooms. When it comes to medicinal mushrooms, the whole is better than the sum of its parts, so you’ll likely get more benefits from lion’s mane if you take it with other adaptive fungi.

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