lion's mane mushrooms

Lion’s Mane: Brain Boosting Mushroom

Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus) mushrooms are a gourmet treat and a medicinal fungi that grows in temperate climates around the world, including the United States. These globe-shaped mushrooms have long shaggy spines, not unlike a lion’s scruffy mane, and their taste can resemble crabmeat, which makes it a great substitute for seafood in recipes. It is considered a nootropic (substance that improves cognitive function) and has been used in traditional Chinese/Japanese medicine for years.

Medicinal Value

Although there has not been much research on the medicinal qualities of the mushroom, lion’s mane is garnering much attention dues to its neuroprotective and anti inflammatory effects that help brain function and prevent or treat neurological diseases. One study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry lists the benefits by stating lion’s mane mushroom is “antibiotic, anticarcinogenic, antidiabetic, anti-fatigue, antihypertensive, anti-hyperlipodemic, anti-senescence [anti-aging], cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective, and improves anxiety, cognitive function, and depression.”

Whether eating them in tasty dishes or using them as a supplement in powdered form, lion’s mane is a great addition to your health regimen.

Neural Health

Lion’s mane is a valuable medicinal and is currently being studied for its effects on neural health, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. The mushroom contains a substance called erinacine, which has the ability to catalyze the production of nerve growth factor (NFG) and reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders (Yamada et al., 1997). A study in Japan, on men aged 50-80 years old with mild cognitive impairment, suggests that lion’s mane is effective at improving cognition. Subjects were split into two groups and half were given dry powdered lion’s mane three times a day and observed over 16 weeks. At weeks 8, 12, and 16, the group taking Lion’s mane scored significantly better on a cognitive test than the other half in the placebo group (Mori et al., 2008).

bowl of creamed lions mane mushroom bisque

How to Make Lion's Mane Bisque

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Total Time Needed: 30 minutes

Required Tools

- Stock pot
- Spoon
- Immersion blender

Ingredients Needed

- 2.5-3 pounds fresh lion’s mane mushrooms, cleaned and diced.
- 4 tablespoon ghee
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large sweet onion, sliced
- 1/2 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
- 8 cups low sodium chicken bone broth
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parsley for garnish

The Process

Step 1: Clean and chop mushrooms
Gently clean the mushrooms, removing any dirt or debris with a soft brush or paper towel. Roughly chop them and set aside.
Step 2: Melt ghee
In a large stock pot, melt the ghee over medium-low heat.
Step 3: Add garlic and onion
Add the garlic and onion to the pot.
Step 4: Sauté
Sauté, stirring occasionally until translucent and just beginning to brown (about 4-5 minutes).
Step 5: Add mushrooms and parsley
Add lion’s mane mushrooms and parsley. Continue sautéing for about 6-8 minutes more, or until the juices released from
Step 6: Stir in broth
Gradually stir in the bone broth until incorporated and bring to a boil.
Step 7: Reduce heat
Reduce heat to simmer.
Step 8: Puree the soup
Use an immersion blender to thoroughly puree the soup. When smooth, slowly blend in the sour cream.
Step 9: Season and garnish
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add parsley to garnish.
Step 10: Serve
Serve with crusty sourdough bread and a glass of chardonnay for a perfect meal.



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