13 August, 2021

Lion's Mane: the Brain and Nervous System Mushroom. Part 5.

Lion's Mane mushroom is the next big thing in the health and wellness industry. It is associated with many health benefits, including relieving symptoms associated with medical conditions. This is the final part of the Lion's Mane series where we discuss Lion's Mane for Headache, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and ADD & ADHD.

We have covered the common symptoms and how Lion's Mane mushroom may help in relieving the symptoms. Note that Lion's Mane mushroom is not a pharmaceutical drug that can be used to diagnose ailments. This is a supplement with nutrients and compound extracts that help deal with symptoms.

In part one of this series, we discussed the types of Lion's Mane, how to forage, cook with it, and look-alike. It was concluded that when foraging for these wild mushrooms, be careful with its look-alikes. To avoid confusion, you can source it from a reputable mushroom vendor.

In part two, we discussed the nutritional qualities of the Lion's Mane, its properties, and general medicinal uses. Forms of Lion's Mane have also been discussed. We concluded that the form you choose depends on your priorities and what you are targeting.

In part three, we discussed the Lion's Mane for children and adults. We also discussed taking Lion's Mane mushroom at night and in the morning hours. It was noted the mushrooms could be consumed at any time.

We discussed the Lion's Mane as a nootropic for brain fog, memory, and focus in part four. This is a continuation from where part four stopped. Let's get started;

Lion's Mane for Headache

Headache is a common type of physical discomfort that comes as pain in the head, neck, or face. Unfortunately, most people believe that headache only causes pain in the head, but that is not the case anymore. There are types of headaches like cluster headache, migraine, and tension-type headache. They can also be classified as either primary or secondary.

The severity of the headache determines how your daily routines will go. However, in extreme cases, it may lead to depression, social isolation, or disabilities. There are many causes of headaches, including underlying medical conditions. For such a case, the headache lasts longer and is accompanied by other signs. We recommend visiting a medical centre when such happens.

Lion's Mane contains Riboflavin or what is commonly called vitamin B2. It is suggested that Riboflavin can help reduce how often the headaches come or how long they last. Continuously taking Riboflavin may reduce headache attacks by more than half.

There are so many sources that offer vitamin B2. However, the Lion's Mane mushroom offers vitamins alongside other nutrients that may help with ailments. While this is not medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis, taking Lion's Mane mushroom is the best option to enhance disease resistance by your body generally.

Lion's Mane contains magnesium that helps in mitigating headaches. People who regularly encounter headaches are said to have low levels of magnesium in their bodies. As much as magnesium is not needed in large quantities in our bodies, when compared to healthy people, those suffering from headaches were found to have significantly low levels that needed attention.

Apart from headaches, magnesium is an essential mineral that prevents other ailments like heart diseases, fatigue, and more. It is estimated that magnesium can reduce headache symptoms like pain by about 50 percent.

However, avoid products with magnesium oxide because it acts as a laxative. This is why we recommend getting magnesium from natural sources like lion's mane mushrooms. These Lion's Mane mushrooms are available in trusted vendors who can also supply them to you.

Lion's Mane's influence on brain function is seen on many occasions. Other research suggests that apart from helping with headaches, it can also be used to help conditions like Alzheimer's disease. However, that and more will be discussed later in this article.

Lion's Mane for Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease can be defined as a progressive neurological disorder that shrinks the brain and causes cells to die. This condition is associated with dementia as one of the greatest causes. Dementia is a condition characterised by a continuous decline in thinking, social, and behavioural skills that may hinder an individual's ability to function independently.

The condition is thought to be caused by protein deposits on and around the brain cells. For example, Amyloid is one of the proteins involved, and it causes plaques around brain cells. Tau is another protein that forms tangles within brain cells.

While it is not clear the cause of Alzheimer's, scientists know that the condition begins many years before signs and symptoms can be seen. For that reason, protective feeding is recommended to avoid its occurrence. One of the ways to prevent it from occurring is by taking supplements like Lion's Mane mushroom.

Studies show that the Lion's Mane mushroom has two special compounds, erinacines and hericenones, promoting brain cell growth. Because Alzheimer's condition kills brain cells and causes others to shrink, this is the best remedy to rectify that and promote cell growth.

Lion's Mane and its extracts have been found to reduce memory loss and also prevent neuronal damage. These damages are promoted by amyloid-beta plaques that result from Alzheimer's disease. While no studies confirm that Lion's Mane may directly benefit or treat those ailing from Alzheimer's, it boosts mental functioning.

Lion's Mane for Parkinson Disease

Parkinson's Disease can be defined as a nervous system disorder that may affect movement. The symptoms associated with the condition begin gradually before widening. It may begin as a mere tremor in hand then extend to other parts of the body. The condition generally causes slowing of movement and stiffness.

During the early stages of the condition, your face may fail to show any expressions; your hands may not swing as you walk, and more. As aforementioned, these signs worsen as the condition progresses.

Unfortunately, Parkinson's Disease cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be slowed using natural supplements like Lion's Mane mushroom. Because this is a nervous system disorder, Lion's Mane mushroom has been proven to speed recovery from nervous system injuries and help repair nerve cells.

Consumption of caffeine from coffee and tea combined with Lion's Mane mushroom has been proven to help relieve the condition. However, it is still unclear whether Lion's Mane mushroom may protect one from Parkinson's disease but taking it may help. More research is needed to find out the compounds in Lion's Mane mushroom that may help with the condition.

Lion's mane for ADD & ADHD

There is no great difference between attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because the symptoms are similar. The symptoms differ among individuals, but it is believed that the condition begins from childhood. Adults who have ADHD have trouble being organised, managing time, holding down a job, and setting goals.

Symptoms of ADHD change over time and vary depending on age. It is relatively easy to detect ADHD in kids as compared to adults. Because of that, many adults end up struggling with the condition without knowing. Some of the common signs to look for in adults include trouble getting organised, as aforementioned. Here are the common signs to look for;

  • Marital Trouble - many people with ADHD experience problems in their marriages. However, that does not mean that all marriages having trouble is as a result of ADHD. In most cases, marriage problems are likely to affect those with ADHD.
  • Extremely Distractible - ADHD affects attention, so individuals with ADHD will find it hard to cope with the fast-moving and hustle-based world.
  • Poor Listening Skills - the condition may make some people misjudge due to poor Listening skills. It even gets worse when people cannot remember things.
  • Trouble Starting a Task - this is common in both adults and children. For example, children will always be put off when doing homework, and adults have trouble starting a task and concentrating on it.

The main treatment of ADHD is pharmaceutical drugs, but researchers note that they work but leave side effects. Consequently, finding the drugs that work for you effectively can also be difficult. To avoid this, natural supplements like Lion's Mane mushroom are recommended.

One of the best ways to deal with ADHD is dealing with other issues like anxiety and depression that promote it. Fortunately, the Lion's Mane can deal with these conditions.

Stimulants also play a better part in dealing with ADHD because they counter be effects of the condition. Stimulants like coffee and tea have been proven to work even better when mixed with Lion's Mane mushroom. Taking lion's mane combined with coffee or tea powder every morning may assist people with ADHD.

Conclusion

Generally, Lion's Mane intake may promote oxygen supply to the brain, improve blood circulation, balanced kidney functions, increased metabolism, and balanced hormone production. It may also promote gallbladder functions and strengthen liver function. These are just a few functions that Lion's Mane mushroom may promote. More pieces of research are underway to identify and confirm other medical benefits associated with wild mushrooms.

Also, note that Lion's Mane mushroom or any wild mushroom cannot be used as medicine. These are supplements that support and promote wellness in the body. They have nutrients that your body requires to function properly.

But regular intake of Lion's Mane mushroom may strengthen your immune system and other disease-preventing mechanisms in your body. Finally, the mushrooms may help in relieving some symptoms associated with ailments. Lion's mane mushroom is the next big thing in the supplements industry.

Further Reading

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