Lion’s mane is a type of medicinal mushroom that is widely available in supplement form. Scientific research shows that lion’s mane is rich in age-fighting antioxidants and beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that is linked to improved cholesterol and heart health.  

Benefits of Lion’s Mane 

Lion’s mane may be helpful in several conditions including: 

  • Alzheimer’s disease 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • High cholesterol 
  • Inflammation 
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Ulcers 

Lion’s mane is also believed to help with overall brain function, strengthen the immune system, stimulate digestion, and protect against cancer. 

Possible Side Effects 

More research is needed to determine the safety of long-term use and side effects of lion’s mane supplements. It is believed that lion’s mane may aggravate symptoms in people with allergies and asthma. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not take lion’s mane as more research is needed. 

*Always consult your physician prior to using lion’s mane, or any other supplement. 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email