***This listing is for either a 1oz or 4oz bag of extract***
Country of origin: United States
Lion's mane is a medicinal and culinary mushroom used traditionally in China and Japan. There is a saying that those who eat it are given the intellect of a lion and nerves of steel. There is a growing body of research showing that lion's mane may promote neurogenesis that seems to support this.
Lion's mane contains beta-glucans, hericenones A and C-H, erinacines A-K, orcinol derivatives, beta-sisterol, ergosterol, xylose, ribose, arabinose, galactose, and mannose. The polysaccharide fraction, specifically the beta-glucan family, are considered the most activity. Because of this, the potency of extracts can be estimated by their polysaccharide percentage.
This extract is what's known as a dual-extract, where two separate extractions are carried out using water and alcohol respectively, then the two are recombined. Since some active constituents are only soluble in alcohol, this creates an extract that has a wider spectrum of active compounds and a higher potency.
A good starting dose of this extract seems to be about 1 tsp per day, or between 1-4 grams. The extract can be taken orally, or dissolved into tea or a smoothie. Because of it's complex-carb content, the powder it has a sweet earthy taste.