Why Lion’s Mane is the best supplement for focus?

Lion's Mane, the focus mushroom! Here to help improve brain power, including memory, focus and mental clarity, while aiding digestion.

Tell me more about DIRTEA Lion’s Mane

Lion’s Mane has been known to power up the brain. Scientists have been studying Lion’s Mane for its potential to improve focus, memory and its ability to promote good gut health.

Focus & Memory

Lion's Mane, also known as the “smart mushroom”, contains compounds (hericenones and erinacines) that may support nerve and brain health. Lion’s Mane may stimulate the production of the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in the brain. NGF is a protein that plays a vital role in the growth, maintenance, and repair of nerve cells (neurons) in the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with thinking, learning and emotions. Lion's Mane mushroom has been traditionally used in Asia for centuries as a brain tonic and to improve memory and concentration.

Digestion

Lion's Mane contains bioactive compounds, including polysaccharides and beta-glucans, that may have a prebiotic effect. Prebiotics are substances that promote the growth and activity of beneficial gut bacteria. (3) By supporting a healthy balance of gut microbiota, Lion's Mane may contribute to overall gut health.

What is the History?

Lion’s Mane has been a part of East Asian cultures and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries. It was reserved for royalty and cherished by Buddhist monks.  Shaolin Buddhist monks took powdered Lion’s mane because of its cognitive powers and ability to enhance deep meditation practice.

The world of mushroom extracts can be overwhelming. You could walk into a health store and see a wide array of options available in various brands and forms. It may be confusing to know what to look for, let alone which mushroom is the right one to pick! 

This might also come as a shock to you, but… not all functional mushroom extracts are created equally and, therefore, have the same potency.  

In this blog, we dive deep and explore the key factors to consider when selecting the right mushroom extract, ensuring you make an informed decision for your well-being.
 

Despite the name, DIRTEA mushrooms are the cleanest, purest and most potent! So, yes, there is no nasty/dirt in your mushroom extract, which is why our quality is of the highest standards.

1. RESEARCH YOUR FUNCTIONAL MUSHROOM SPECIES 

Understanding your reason for searching for the right mushroom extract is key. Before delving into the world of mushroom extracts, clearly define your wellness objectives.

Most functional mushrooms contain high amounts of the same vitamins and minerals, but they also offer diverse health benefits, and each species has its unique set of properties. Our mushrooms include:

Reishi is mainly known for supporting immune health and for its calming effects, which may promote better sleep

Lion’s Mane is recognised for its potential brain-boosting properties and possibility to enhance focus

Chaga is believed to provide a natural boost of energy and support immunity due to the vast amounts of antioxidants it contains

Cordyceps is often used for energy improvement and exercise performance

Tremella is known for its ability to hydrate the skin, and encourage the natural production of collagen

2. CONSIDER THE EXTRACTION PROCESS

The extraction process of functional mushrooms is crucial in order to unearth the real benefits hidden inside. Our bodies cannot break down and absorb all nutrients from mushrooms that are raw or cooked. Common methods of extraction include hot water extraction, alcohol extraction, and dual extraction. At DIRTEA, we use a dual extraction process, which combines both hot water and alcohol extraction. It is preferred as it captures a broad spectrum of beneficial compounds from the mushrooms.

3. CHECK WHETHER IT IS 100% FRUITING BODY OF A MUSHROOM 

The fruiting body of a functional mushroom contains the highest level of beneficial compounds. As functional mushrooms are expensive to grow and cultivate, many brands opt for using parts of the mycelium along with some of the fruiting body. At DIRTEA, our mushrooms are from 100% fruiting bodies. One of the most notable benefits of the fruiting body is that it contains the highest amounts of beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are a type of polysaccharide, a complex sugar found in the cell walls of mushrooms. Beta-glucans are known for their immune-modulating properties.

4. ORGANIC PRODUCE

Like any fruit or vegetable, organic is always preferred. And mushrooms are no exception. If your mushroom is not organic, it may contain contaminants or toxins. Organic mushroom extracts are cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilisers. An article from The Guardian, explains that organic food has more antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date.

5. WILD HARVESTING WHERE POSSIBLE 

Mushrooms have evolved in their natural habitats, adapting to various environmental conditions. Some proponents believe that this natural resilience translates into a broader spectrum of bioactive compounds, potentially offering more robust health benefits. (3)  More importantly, mushrooms want to be picked at the right time as this helps them spread their spores. When the conditions are right, they will grow and once matured, harvesting can begin. Patience is key. Mushrooms like Chaga, which mature out of birch trees under extreme conditions in cold climates like Siberia, can take anything up to 7 years to mature before they can be harvested.

 

So, as you see, not all mushroom extracts are the same. Choosing the right functional mushroom extract is a pivotal step toward integrating the magic of these fungi into your daily routine. As you embark on this journey, keep these steps in mind to ensure you're selecting a product that aligns with your wellness goals. 

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