325 – Lion’s Mane Mushroom Offers Powerful Brain Support

Better memory, mental acuity and cognition are the benefits.

Brain Support
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In this interview with Jerry Angelini we are discussing the various mushrooms and nutrients that are shown to support brain structure and function. The primary mushroom in this discussion is Lion’s Mane. Lion’s Mane is arguably the most important mushroom for brain health. Lion’s Mane and other mushrooms have been combined with well-known herbs to create synergistic formulas that support brain and body health.

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The source of our inspiration is Paul Stamets. Paul is a master mycologist and the creator of Fungi Perfecti Host Defense Mushrooms. Paul is a tireless supporter of the importance and connections between mushrooms and the rest of life on our planet. Below is an excerpt from one of Paul’s articles on the importance of the microbiome for mushrooms as for humans. Here is the link for the full article at Fungi.com .

Mushrooms and Mycelium Help the Microbiome

“Few people know that we are more closely related to fungi than to any other kingdom. 650 million years ago, we split from fungi. We evolved to encircle our nutrients within a cellular sack, a stomach, and digested nutrients within. Fungi evolved to externally digest its nutrients, and projected a fine filamentous, cobweb like cellular networks known as mycelium. In both cases, over millions of years, choosing beneficial bacteria to aid in this process became essential for good digestion. By selecting commensal bacteria to help digest food, both humans and mushroom mycelium created complex communities — microbiomes — to help digestion, prevent disease, and extend longevity. Not only do we benefit from a healthy microbiome, but so too does the mycelium.

Mycelium’s selection of bacteria, in the creation of guilds of microbes, is essential for the mycelium’s survival. The mycelium chooses suites of bacteria that not only helps it digest food, and stave off predators, but also helps the plant communities that give rise to the ecosystems in which the mycelium resides, so fruits (mushrooms) can be produced. This means that mycelium based products can aid digestion and help promote beneficial bacteria in our microbiome.

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Consuming mushrooms and mycelium adds many benefits in our pursuit of good health. Just make sure the products you consume are Certified Organic, US grown (better inspections), and that you know where they are grown and who is growing them. This is so important because there is a lot of deceptive advertising motivated by maximizing profits by minimizing costs, which jeopardizes quality. Adding mushrooms to your diet is probably one of the most important additions to the foods you can ingest that will improve your health!” End excerpt. Read more at Fungi.com

Brain Support for Cognitive Function

Jerry describes the various functions that may be supported by nutritional support. He also describes how you can use formulas that expand on the benefits of mushrooms. We start with a discussion of Lion’s Mane mushroom alone for the brain and nervous system. Then we consider mushrooms plus herbs for brain support and finally we consider a brain and body formula that also contains turmeric and ginger.

Brain Support with Lion’s Mane Provides These Benefits

  • Memory*
  • Decision Making*
  • Logic and Reasoning*
  • Mental Acuity*
  • Being Present in the Moment*
  • Neurological Support*

This beautiful species, appearing as a white waterfall of cascading icicles, is found on broad leaf trees and logs. The subject of recent studies, Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is renowned for providing support to the brain and nervous system.*
Host Defense® Lion’s Mane Capsules use activated, freeze-dried, Certified Organic mycelium, with a full spectrum of constituents: polysaccharides (beta glucans, arabinoxylane, glucose, xylose, galactose and mannose), glycoproteins, ergosterols, triterpenoids and other myco-nutrients,which are essential for Supporting Natural Immunity.*

  • Promotes mental clarity, focus, and memory*
  • Provides cerebral and nervous system support*
  • Many studies have identified a NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) in Lion’s Mane
  • Optimizes nervous and immune system health*
  • Supports cognitive function*

Brain Support Formula


The brain is the control center for all functions of the body. We use it to make decisions, remember directions and names, carry on conversations, and contemplate the universe. Supporting and nourishing our brain and nervous system is key to ensuring optimal cognitive functioning for our lives.
Host Defense® MycoBotanicals® Brain is a blend of mushrooms and herbs specifically designed to support the brain and nervous system.* Brain is formulated using activated, optimally dried, Certified Organic mushroom mycelium, with a full spectrum of constituents which are essential for Supporting Natural Immunity.* By including certified organic herbs that have been carefully selected to complement the health benefits of mushrooms, two kingdoms are paired together to provide the best possible Functional Food formula to Support Mental Clarity!*

  • Supports concentration, memory and cognitive functioning*
  • Ginkgo, Bacopa and Gotu Kola support brain health*
  • Lion’s Mane and Reishi mushrooms support neurological and adrenal functioning*

Brain & Body Formula

Made from freeze-dried activated mushroom mycelium

  • Reishi (“the mushroom of immortality”) supports heart health*
  • Lion’s Mane (“the smart mushroom”) promotes mental acuity and brain health*
  • Each 1-teaspoon serving contains 1500mg of Lion’s Mane mushroom mycelium

THE HERBS (Botanicals)

  • Turmeric has been used for centuries to support whole body health.*
  • Ginger supports healthy digestion*
  • Cinnamon bark and Black pepper stimulate digestive health and promote immune system support* Product information provided by HostDefense.com.

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About Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC, LMT
Jerry has a private practice as an integrative practitioner and is the Education Director for Host Defense® Organic Mushrooms™. In his role as an integrative practitioner, Jerry draws from over 30 years of training in various modalities including Western Psychotherapy, Planetary Herbalism (including Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese Clinical Herbalism), Clinical Aromatherapy, NeuroMuscular Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Qi Gong and Tui Na to name a few.

For the past four years, Jerry has been the National Science Educator for Host Defense Organic Mushrooms. Working closely with Dr. Paul Stamets, Hon, Jerry has been teaching and training in the United States and Canada. Reaching out to all levels of learners including medical professionals, retail staff and consumers, the educational opportunities focus on the benefits that various mushroom and herbal preparations can have on our immune functioning as well as our overall health and wellness.

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