Gaia Professionals

Free Webinar Lion’s Mane Roars: Magic –Mystery – Multitude of Benefits*.   Recorded June 09, 2021. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC

n this presentation, we delved into the many facets of Hericeum erinaeus, or Lion’s Mane mushroom. The name Hericium is derived from the Latin word hirtus, which means “rough” or “shaggy,” and indeed this white fungus has a unique furry appearance. Thus, it has also been called bearded hedgehog, pom pom mushroom, and a host of other names. It can be found growing in eastern woodlands, and because it’s gloeoplerous (filled with oily, resinous substances) and reproduces via bifactorial heterophallic reproduction, each mushroom can live up to 40 years!
Modern science has uncovered a plethora of health-promoting properties linked to Lion’s Mane, including boosting neuroprotective activity, enhancing nerve growth factor (NGF) release, reducing amyloid formation, and increasing insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE). We’ll review the mechanisms of action of the mushroom’s studied active constituents, including a comparison of hericenones, erinacines, and beta glucans and the intersecting roles they play in Lion Mane’s health-supportive effects.*
We will also visit fungus companions of Lion’s Mane: Chaga, Reishi, Maitake, and Cordyceps.