Benefits of Lion's Mane for Dementia
Lion's Mane mushrooms have many benefits. Here you can learn about how Lion's Mane may help with dementia and how to use them.
Updated February 20, 2023.
Lion's Mane is a species of medicinal mushroom that received its name from the frilly white spines that make up its fruiting body. The many health benefits of Lion's Mane mushrooms make them a popular choice for those seeking alternative treatments for various physical and mental health conditions.
This article looks specifically at the benefits of using Lion's Mane to relieve symptoms of dementia.
Does Lion’s Mane Help Dementia?
There are several ways that Lion's Mane can be beneficial for dementia, such as the following:
- Improved cognitive function Research has found that Lion's Mane may improve cognitive functioning by generating new neurons in the brain (neurogenesis), helping to protect against various issues marked by cognitive decline.
- Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties Studies have found that Lion's Mane possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that could prevent excessive free radicle damage and the spread of inflammatory markers for Alzheimer's in the brain.
- Reduced plaque growth Alzheimer's and dementia are linked to the growth of plaque-activated microglia and astrocytes in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus, which may be reduced or inhibited by Lion's Mane extracts, as noted by some studies.
- Reduced stress and improved sleep The effects of sleep deprivation on brain health are well understood to increase the risk of numerous health conditions, including dementia. Lion's Mane may improve sleep quality dramatically, which could lower stress and reduce this risk.
How to Take Lion’s Mane for Dementia
Lion's Mane is one of the few medicinal mushrooms with a pleasant taste and texture, making it a suitable and tasty addition to many different meals. Unfortunately, there is no recommended dosage of Lion's Mane as the optimal dose for you depends on various physiological factors and the severity of your condition. What matters more than isolated dosage is consistency over an extended period so that the benefits have time to accumulate in your body.
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Dr Lori Beth Bisbey