Lion’s Mane (Hericium Erinaceus) is a mushroom that is found growing on the trunks of dead oak trees. You can easily spot a Lion’s Mane mushroom from a distance, they (not surprisingly) are formed of a large cluster of white strings, similar to an elderly man’s beard. When dried, they are yellowish-brown.
Although they have been used for centuries in Asia for both culinary and medical purposes, they have recently made their debut in the Western world.
It goes without saying that there are some hesitations amongst people when it comes to ingesting the Lion’s Mane, whether directly or as part of a supplement.
Let’s debunk 7 Lion’s Mane myths, and show you just how beneficial this mushroom can be to your health.
Lion’s Mane Is A Safe Mushroom With Some Unbelievable Benefits
Before we start debunking Lion’s Mane myths, let’s look at a few of their incredible benefits. If you have a mushroom allergy, you, unfortunately, won’t be able to share these benefits. But for people that don’t have mushroom allergies, here is the goodness that you will receive from these mushrooms:
- Enhanced cognitive health
- Boost in memory
- Decrease in depression and anxiety
- Helps to rebuild the gut lining (also known as leaky gut)
- Helps regenerate nerve cells that are broken down from dementia, Alzheimer's, and MS
- Promotes a healthy sleeping schedule in your body
Debunking 7 Myths About The Lion’s Mane Side Effects
1. You Will Get Headaches And Migraines
The ‘Lion’s Mane headache’ is thought to be one of the biggest side effects when ingesting this mushroom. However, this is a complete myth.
In fact, even when someone who is allergic to mushrooms ingests the Lion’s Mane at high doses, headaches are not a noted side effect.
To take things one step further, Lion’s Mane is actually used to bring migraine relief to some people.
2. It Gives Skin Rashes
Lion’s Mane has been reported to cause skin rashes in some people.
But there are 2 sides to every story.
The only people that reported these rashes were people who had mushroom allergies. These people made full recoveries from this side effect and learned their lesson: not to eat mushrooms ever again.
So, the good news for people with no mushroom allergies is that you are not going to experience any skin rashes from the Lion’s Mane.
3. You Will Have Difficulty Breathing After Ingesting It
Some people have reported that they have difficulty breathing after ingesting Lion’s Mane mushrooms.
Similar to the skin rashes, these are often present in people who have mushroom allergies, and the people with this symptom recovered fully in a short amount of time.
But for people who have no mushroom allergies, there is no reason that you should be concerned about having trouble breathing after ingesting this mushroom.
4. You Will Get Addicted
Lion’s Mane is not an addictive mushroom. They don’t directly stimulate or inhibit hormone release similar to many pharmaceutical drugs.
As you are unable to build up a chemical dependency or suffer tolerance withdrawal from ingesting the Lion’s Mane, you will not get addicted to this mushroom.
Rest assured, Lion’s Mane mushrooms are no more addictive than junk food. At least in this situation, they are healthy for you!
5. It Will Cause Hallucinations
Lion’s Mane mushrooms are non-hallucinogenic. While most people may associate the term ‘medicinal mushroom’ with the illicit psilocybin fungus that is colloquially referred to as ‘magic mushrooms’, they are 2 very different types of mushrooms.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms will not get you ‘high’. They are a different type of fungus to the ‘magic mushrooms’, and are 100% non-hallucinogenic.
6. Lion’s Mane Interacts With Medications
Medications that slow blood clotting (anticoagulant / antiplatelet drugs) may be affected by Lion’s Mane mushrooms, as these mushrooms are thought to have antiplatelet and antihyperglycemic effects.
While this is the case, this is merely a caution. Should you be on these medications, you should use Lion’s Mane mushrooms with care and be aware of these potential side effects.
7. It Will Give You Nightmares
Lion’s Mane is thought to have positive effects on REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, either taken before bed or in the morning. REM sleep is the stage of the sleep cycle when individuals typically dream, so a more active REM sleep would likely lead to having more vivid dreams.
While this may lead to nightmares, it does not necessarily mean you will have any nightmares. It just means you will have a deeper sleep, and potentially more vivid dreams.
Give Yourself Some Much Needed Beauty Sleep, Rest, And Relaxation With Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
The benefits of Lion’s Mane mushrooms are truly extraordinary. It’s no wonder that this mushroom has been eaten for centuries in Asia.
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Both Beauty Sleep and Relax drops contain several other medicinal mushrooms, and CBD oil that work together to help you relax, and sleep better. But Lion’s Mane mushrooms play a key role in both products. These products are already loved by thousands of people who keep these bottles close by, knowing they can count on them should they feel anxious, depressed, or struggling to get to sleep every night.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms provide so many benefits to your body, and work on both a physical and a deep emotional level. Taking them as supplements is the ideal way to ingest the mushroom effectively, for a specific purpose.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Lion’s Mane Safe To Consume As Part Of A Supplement?
Yes. As long as you don’t have a mushroom allergy, Lion’s Mane mushrooms are safe to consume as part of a supplement, as well as physically as part of your diet.
What Are Some Benefits Of The Lion’s Mane Mushrooms?
Lion’s Mane mushrooms help decrease depression and anxiety, improve your cognitive health, promote a healthy sleep schedule, help regenerate nerve cells from MS, dementia, and Alzheimer’s and improve your gut lining. When taken as part of a supplement, you can target the area of the body you want to help directly.
Does Lion’s Mane Give You A Headache When Consumed?
No, this is a myth. Lion’s Mane mushrooms do not give you a headache when consumed and are even used to bring headache and migraine relief in some people.
How Do I Know If I Have A Mushroom Allergy?
Some symptoms of mushroom allergies include getting skin rashes, having trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you are unsure whether you are allergic to mushrooms, speak to your doctor to get a professional diagnosis.