How Lion's Mane Mushrooms Help Inflammation

Article at a Glance:

  • Lion's Mane is rich in several compounds identified to possess potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Several animal studies indicate that lion's mane may help lower markers of inflammation and oxidative stress.
  • For a tasty and convenient way to help manage inflammation, try our vegan gummies, which contain 500mg of lion's mane per serving.

Inflammation is a big buzzword these days, and it’s often positioned in a negative light.

The truth is that inflammation is a normal part of the body's defense against injury or infection, and, in this way, it is necessary and beneficial.

Your immune system induces inflammation to protect the body from infection, disease, or injury.

Inflammation can be divided into two main categories:

  • Acute inflammation: typically happens due to some acute injury or illness, such as the localized inflammation following a challenging workout. Resistance training and other forms of intense exercise create micro-tears in muscle fibers, and part of the body's natural recovery process is inflammation. Acute inflammation usually lasts for a short duration (a few days to a couple of weeks) and restores your body to its normal state before the illness or injury occurs.
  • Chronic inflammation: is a less severe form of inflammation than acute inflammation, but it lasts considerably longer (>6 weeks). This type of inflammation can also occur even when no injury is present, and it doesn't necessarily stop when the illness or injury is healed. Chronic inflammation is associated with many diseases and disorders, including autoimmune disorders, IBD, chronic stress, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. 

Above we said that inflammation was normal and necessary. That remark was specifically in regard to acute inflammation.

On the other hand, chronic inflammation is when inflammation goes "bad," and the reason inflammation gets a bad rap.

Several factors can lead to chronic inflammation, such as:  

  • Genetics
  • Diet (refined sugar, alcohol, trans fats, etc.)
  • Excess Bodyweight
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Certain Medical Conditions
  • Various Medications
  • Exposure to Irritants or Foreign Substances (“toxins”) That the Body Can’t Eliminate

Reducing chronic inflammation begins with making some essential lifestyle changes, such as cleaning up your diet (if you’re eating too many refined foods), getting adequate sleep each night, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy body weight (which occurs as a result of proper diet and exercise). 

After taking care of those foundational elements, you can utilize various dietary supplements, including a supplement typically regarded for its brain-boosting benefits -- Lion’s Mane!

How Lion’s Mane Helps Manage Inflammation

Lion's Mane is rich in several potent bioactive compounds, several of which have been identified by researchers to possess powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help reduce inflammation.[1][2] 

One particularly intriguing study that investigated various mushrooms' antioxidant capacity discovered that lion's mane ranked among the top sources in antioxidant activity, leading researchers to recommend it for consideration as a quality source of antioxidants.[3]

Several animal studies also indicate that lion's mane may help lower markers of inflammation and oxidative stress, which may be especially beneficial in the instances of various disorders, such as IBD.

Lastly, lion’s mane may also help reduce some of the health risks associated with obesity, as research indicates it may help decrease the amount of inflammation released by fat tissue.

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 manage inflammation.

Get Your Gummies

References

  1. Hou Y, Ding X, Hou W. Composition and antioxidant activity of water-soluble oligosaccharides from Hericium erinaceus. Mol Med Rep. 2015 May;11(5):3794-9. doi: 10.3892/mmr.2014.3121. Epub 2014 Dec 19. PMID: 25529054.
  2. Gao Y, Zheng W, Wang M, Xiao X, Gao M, Gao Q, Xu D. Molecular properties, structure, and antioxidant activities of the oligosaccharide Hep-2 isolated from cultured mycelium of Hericium erinaceus. J Food Biochem. 2019 Sep;43(9):e12985. doi: 10.1111/jfbc.12985. Epub 2019 Jul 25. PMID: 31489657.
  3. Abdullah N, Ismail SM, Aminudin N, Shuib AS, Lau BF. Evaluation of Selected Culinary-Medicinal Mushrooms for Antioxidant and ACE Inhibitory Activities. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:464238. doi: 10.1155/2012/464238. Epub 2011 Jun 18. PMID: 21716693; PMCID: PMC3118607.


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