How Lion's Mane Mushrooms Improve Mood

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  • Lion's Mane is best known for its cognitive-enhancing benefits, but research indicates it may also help improve mood.
  • Researchers examined the effects of lion’s mane mushroom on 30 women over a four weeks with a reported improvement in mood.
  • For a tasty and convenient way to help improve mood, try our vegan gummies, which contain 500mg of lion's mane per serving.

Stress is something we all deal with daily, and you don't need us to tell you that most of us are feeling more stressed than ever these days for one reason or another.

Feeling stressed all the time can have a wide range of detrimental effects on you, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

To reduce stress, often, individuals may turn to a certain set of substances to take the edge off and heighten feelings of well-being. In the end, though, these substances have a net negative effect as they often lead to worse health outcomes (both mentally and physically). 

The good news is that you don’t have to rely on potentially hazardous agents to reduce feelings of stress and improve mood. You can do it with a combination of the right lifestyle habits, including proper diet, exercise, and supplementation.

Today, we highlight one of the best supplements to improve mood -- Lion’s Mane.

What is Lion’s Mane?

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a functional mushroom with a long history of traditional Chinese medicine use due to its powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immuno-modulatory properties.

The humble mushroom is also held in high regard for its nootropic benefits. Research indicates it can stimulate an important brain peptide called Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which plays a role in the growth, development, and maintenance of brain cells (neurons). 

NGF also plays an important role in forming myelin, a sheath that surrounds nerve cells that helps neurons do their job.

And, in addition to supporting cognitive function, lion’s mane also may improve mood and feelings of well-being.

Better Mood with Lion’s Mane

Researchers investigated the effects of lion's mane mushroom on 30 women over four weeks.[3]

The women were randomly assigned to a test group, which received lion's mane-enhanced cookies, or a control group, which received placebo cookies. At the end of the four-week trial, the women receiving the lion's mane-infused cookies reported an improvement in mood.[3]

Lion's Mane may also boost focus, which can contribute to a better mood. We've all experienced how frustrating it can be when we're trying to get work done, but can't seem to concentrate, whether it be due to stress, lack of sleep, etc.

The bioactive compounds in lion’s mane have been noted to help reduce inflammation and improve blood flow, which provides your brain with more oxygen, ultimately leading to better performance (and mood).[4][5]

A recent review on the therapeutic potential of lion’s mane for depressive disorder concluded:

"The pre-clinical and clinical studies have demonstrated that H. erinaceus significantly ameliorates depressive disorder through monoaminergic modulation, neurogenic/neurotrophic, and anti-inflammatory pathways, indicating the potential role of H. erinaceus as a complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of depression." [6]

Why Lion's Mane?

Lion's Mane is an age-old mushroom that is best known for its cognitive-enhancing benefits, but emerging research indicates it may also help improve mood via several different mechanisms.

Best of all, lion’s mane is natural and safe, unlike so many other substances often utilized when trying to reduce stress and improve mood.

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 improve mood.

Get Your Gummies


  1. Saitsu Y, Nishide A, Kikushima K, Shimizu K, Ohnuki K. Improvement of cognitive functions by oral intake of Hericium erinaceus. Biomed Res. 2019;40(4):125-131. doi: 10.2220/biomedres.40.125. PMID: 31413233.
  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. Nagano M, Shimizu K, Kondo R, Hayashi C, Sato D, Kitagawa K, Ohnuki K. Reduction of depression and anxiety by 4 weeks Hericium erinaceus intake. Biomed Res. 2010 Aug;31(4):231-7. doi: 10.2220/biomedres.31.231. PMID: 20834180.
  4. Vauzour D. Dietary polyphenols as modulators of brain functions: biological actions and molecular mechanisms underpinning their beneficial effects. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2012;2012:914273. doi:10.1155/2012/914273
  5. Stangl D, Thuret S. Impact of diet on adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Genes Nutr. 2009;4(4):271-282. doi:10.1007/s12263-009-0134-5
  6. Chong PS, Fung ML, Wong KH, Lim LW. Therapeutic Potential of Hericium erinaceus for Depressive Disorder. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;21(1):163. Published 2019 Dec 25. doi:10.3390/ijms21010163

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