Lion’s Mane



Grown within South Africa, by a grower we know, takes away the guesswork associated with the quality of imported Lion’s Mane products (which can be questionable).

Lion’s Mane – Fruiting Bodies vs Mycelium?

There is a real split in the mushroom-growing world regarding whether the fruiting body or mycelium is the most nutritious part to use.  For the most part, we would assert that the fruiting bodies are the most effective – particularly in terms of Beta-glucans (for immunity and heart health).  But research seems to show that the benefits of Lion’s Mane are best gained when consuming both parts of the mushroom.  For that reason, we include both the fruiting bodies and mycelium of this mushroom in our Lion’s Mane tincture.

In a study to determine the effects of compounds found within lion’s mane, hericenones were isolated from the fruiting body, and erinacines isolated from the mycelium. Below are the findings from the study:

  • The compounds were found to promote nerve growth factor (NGF) biosynthesis in the observed rodents’ cultured astrocytes (cells in the central nervous system).
  • By isolating and testing each compound’s effect individually, researchers discovered that while the amounts of NGF secreted into the testing medium in the presence of the compounds from the mycelium were greater than those from the fruiting body, both had a noticeable impact.

From this study, it can be inferred that the greatest NGF support occurs when compounds from both the fruiting body and mycelium are combined.

We are also currently carrying out further testing on the raw material we use, as well as the tincture itself – and will bring updated results to this page as soon as we have them.

Nervous System Health – For Improved Memory, Focus, Learning & Mental Clarity

Lion’s Mane (Hericum erinaceus) is known to stimluate nerve growth factor (NGF) – the primary protein that is responsible for the growth and repair of nerves and neurons.   This can be particularly helpful in cases of MS (Multiple Scelorsis), as well as for Alzheimers/dementia.  Lion’s Mane has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine – and its medicine has never been more needed than in these times of the massive increase in neuro-degenerative diseases, now being experienced.

Depression & Anxiety

Lion’s Mane fruiting bodies have been proven to be successful for improving mild depression and anxiety.

Digestion & Inflammation

Lion’s mane is also used to improve digestion, reduce inflammation and reduce lactic acid build up in muscles and for its ability to combat oxidative stress.  The longer period this mushroom is taken for, the more these benefits are gained.

Lion’s mane has also proven effective for treating and preventing stomach ulcers, in that it has been shown to actively prevent H. pylori overgrowth, a bacterial strain naturally present in the gut microbiome that, in excess, can lead to the development of ulcers.

Other Benefits

As with all mushrooms, Lion’s Mane provides immuno-modulating, blood sugar-balancing and antioxidant benefits.  It is also known to improve heart health.

Directions For Use

Lion’s Mane is known as a tonic herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine and, as such, can safely be taken daily in high or frequent doses.  We suggest 1-3 squirts/squeezes of the pipette per day as a good maintenance dose – but this can be increased as needed/desired.  You can take this tincture in the morning for mental clarity and focus or in the evening for increasing deeply restorative REM sleep.  Shake well before use.

How to order

Firstly, check our Outlets page to see if there is a retailer near you.  If not, then please email our distributor at and they will help you find one.  You can also place an online order with Earthshine directly.

Wholesale Enquiries

Please contact Earthshine, our distributor in South Africa  –

Lion’s Mane experiences?

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