The Cognitive Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is known as Hou Tou Gu in traditional Chinese medicine. It is a highly-sought edible mushroom, and it can also be cultivated, as seen in the photo. It has a seafood-like flavor and can be used in stir-fries, soups, or to create vegan “crab cakes.” It has numerous beneficial effects on the brain:

Effects on mild cognitive impairment:

Effects on depression and anxiety:

Effects on nerve growth factor: