A placebo-controlled human clinical study took 30 female patients to investigate the effects of lion’s mane on menopause, depression, sleep quality and anxiety.
Of those who finished the study, 14 took a placebo and 12 took lion’s mane mushroom extract that was baked into cookies. Two grams of lion’s mane mushroom per day were consumed and after four weeks of use, a reduction in depression and anxiety were reported by the lions mane mushroom group.
This study gives rise to the growing belief among scientists that depression and anxiety has less to do with the “serotonin hypothesis” and possibly more to do with the “neurogenic theory of depression and anxiety.”
In essence, higher rates of neurogenesis could prove to equal higher rates of happiness.
Lion’s mane mushroom is often used as a food and supplement to support brain health, memory, focus, clarity and recall. It does so by helping the brain produce a compound called Nerve Growth Factor, or NGF for short. As a protein, Nerve Growth Factor helps to repair damaged neurons and even create new neurons!
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The implications for possible therapeutic benefits of lion’s mane mushroom extend into other nervous system-related diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia.
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