How Lion's Mane Mushrooms Help with Focus

Article at a Glance:

  • Lion’s Mane supports brain health and focus by stimulating the creation of two important brain proteins.
  • Lion’s Mane is also known to possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may help to reduce oxidative stress and prevent neuronal damage.
  • Lion’s Mane is an adaptogen, improving the body’s ability to handle stress. Less stress allows us to focus better.
  • For a tasty and convenient way to help with focus, try our vegan gummies, which contain 500mg of lion's mane per serving.

These days we have more demands for our time and attention than ever before with a seemingly endless barrage of texts, tweets, emails, DMs, and notifications. This is all in addition to the typical things we have to do during the day -- work, family, housekeeping matters, etc.

As a result, achieving and sustaining focus on things that matter is becoming all the more challenging. But, if you want to succeed at something in life -- be it the gym, work, relationships, etc. -- you've got to be able to focus.

While it might seem a daunting task, trying to achieve a calm, focused state, the reality is that it’s entirely possible to do it with a combination of lifestyle and environmental tweaks as well as dietary supplements. 

Key lifestyle “hacks” to improve focus include:

  • Have a dedicated place to work
  • Declutter your workspace
  • Turn off/eliminate distractions (i.e., social media, notifications, texts, newsfeeds)
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Fuel your body with quality foods

In addition to the above tips, you can also use certain supplements to help focus, including nootropics such as lion's mane mushroom which can be found in Fungies gummies.

How Lion’s Mane Helps with Focus

Mushrooms have been recognized for centuries as important foods because of their rich flavor, high nutritional values, and diverse therapeutic properties.

Lion's Mane, in particular, has a long history of usage in traditional Chinese medicine[1] and has been reported in various studies to possess anti-hypertensive, hypolipidemic, and neuro-protecting activities.

As you probably realize, as we age, our ability to focus, concentrate, and (thus) remember declines. When you compound the fact that we, as a society, are more distracted than ever, this makes focus and memory a significant challenge.

Lion’s Mane supports brain health and focus by stimulating the creation of two important brain proteins -- nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).[2][3]

NGF and BDNF stimulate the production of new brain cells (neurons) and strengthen existing ones.

Moreover, NGF also plays a vital role in forming the myelin sheath, a protective coating that surrounds brain cells, insulating them and helping them conduct signals more efficiently.

BDNF increases brain plasticity, which helps your brain cells be more "flexible" and resilient as we age and during periods of stress. 

Lion’s Mane is also known to possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may help to reduce oxidative stress and prevent neuronal damage caused by amyloid-beta plaques.[4]  

This leads to better cerebral blood flow, supplying the brain with more oxygen and nutrients, ultimately setting the stage for better cognitive function (and, as a result, focus).

Finally, lion’s mane is also considered an adaptogen, which are plants that improve the body’s ability to handle stress. As we’ve all experienced, being stressed can make it seem virtually impossible to focus on anything other than what is stressing us out.

Lion's Mane Mushroom Gummies

At this point, you're probably wondering the best way to incorporate this magnificent mushroom into your life? While lion's mane supplements are available as capsules, extracts, and powders, we prefer gummies since they are convenient, easy to take, and mess-free.

Each Fungies™ gummy contains 500mg of lion's mane per serving (standardized to contain 30% Beta-Glucans) and is gluten-free, gelatin-free, and vegan-friendly. Did we mention that they're delicious too?

So grab a bottle (or two) today and experience firsthand how lion's mane can help with focus.

Get Your Gummies

References

  1. Hiwatashi K, Kosaka Y, Suzuki N, Hata K, Mukaiyama T, Sakamoto K, et al. Yamabushitake mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) improved lipid metabolism in mice fed a high-fat diet. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 2010;74:1447–51.
  2. Lai PL, Naidu M, Sabaratnam V, Wong KH, David RP, Kuppusamy UR, Abdullah N, Malek SN. Neurotrophic properties of the Lion's mane medicinal mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes) from Malaysia. Int J Med Mushrooms. 2013;15(6):539-54. doi: 10.1615/intjmedmushr.v15.i6.30. PMID: 24266378.
  3. Chiu C-H, Chyau C-C, Chen C-C, Lee L-Y, Chen W-P, Liu J-L, Lin W-H, Mong M-C. Erinacine A-Enriched Hericium erinaceusMycelium Produces Antidepressant-Like Effects through Modulating BDNF/PI3K/Akt/GSK-3β Signaling in Mice. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2018; 19(2):341. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19020341
  4. Li IC, Lee LY, Tzeng TT, et al. Neurohealth Properties of Hericium erinaceus Mycelia Enriched with Erinacines. Behav Neurol. 2018;2018:5802634. Published 2018 May 21. doi:10.1155/2018/5802634


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