It is a food supplement which readily comes to mind whenever there is a need for the repair of damaged nerves. The Asians, especially the Chinese, have used it as food and medicine for hundreds of years. It was discovered during the Second World War by a young Italian female doctor, Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, to be the fastest regenerator of damaged nerves, among all the possible natural nerve healers she experimented with. For her work, she won the Nobel Prize and became a life Ambassador of her country. She developed an eye drop of it which is expensive for commercial distribution. She says she uses the eye drop everyday for the health of the nerves in her eyes. At 103, she was still reading and writing books, a feat she attributed to the use of this eye drop everyday. For people who cannot afford this eye drop at about 300 US dollars everyday, lion’s mane mushroom is available in other forms…sublingual tincture, capsules, or powder. Other researchers have since her time discovered that Lion’s Mane mushroom serves other health purposes as well. It is good for digestive system health and function, protecting the stomach and liver, overcoming gastric inflammation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcers. It is reported to fight mental apathy (neurasthenia) and as a restorative health tonic. Some studies suggest LMM has neurontrophic activities, which make it useful for the stimulation, repair and the growth of nerve or brain cells. This should be good news for stroke-challenged people and people who suffer from depression. In cholesterol normalising studies, LMM reduced total cholesterol by about 32percent and LDL, the bad cholesterol, by about 45percent. It brought down Triglycerides by about 35percent. While sending up HDL, the good cholesterol, by about 31percent.
Lion’s Mane mushroom has helped with immune boosting, depression and anxiety, attention deficit and poor performance at school and at work, fatigue, dementia, urinary incontinence (dropping of urine because of weak nerves) and premature ejaculation caused by nerve tremors.