What to Look For When Purchasing Lion's Mane

What to Look For When Purchasing Lion's Mane

Jul 02, 2024Monik Castro

Lion’s mane, also known as Hericium Erinaceus, is a unique mushroom found in woodland areas of North America and Asia. Its distinctive appearance, resembling a lion's mane or a snowball, makes it easy to identify. This mushroom has various uses, with one of its most well-known benefits being its support for cognitive functions such as focus, memory, and mood.

When you buy lion’s mane products, it's important to consider the extraction methods and product quality. Here are some key factors to keep in mind:

Mycelium on Grain vs. Whole Fruit Body

  • Mycelium on Grain: This method involves growing lion’s mane mushrooms for the purpose of creating supplements without producing the actual mushroom. The mycelium, which acts as the roots of the mushroom, is grown on grain and then pulverized to create a supplement. 
  • Whole Fruit Body: Traditional mushroom cultivation involves producing the entire mushroom to completion and harvesting the fruit body. Supplements made from the whole fruit body contain the necessary health-benefiting compounds of the mushroom but may be more costly.

1:1 Extract vs. 8:1 Extract

  • 1:1 Extract: This is a full-spectrum extract that includes the whole mushroom dissolved in hot water. It increases bioavailability by breaking down the cell walls of the mushroom, releasing beneficial compounds such as beta-glucans. This extract is suitable for body's natural defenses support, digestive issues, memory, focus, and mood enhancement.
  • 8:1 Extract: This extract is usually a solvent extract, with some compounds of lion’s mane being soluble only in ethanol. It contains higher levels of compounds related to cognitive functioning. However, it requires a larger amount of mushrooms for production.

Ensuring Quality

  • Certifications: Look for products that are certified organic and of the highest quality, with high levels of beta-glucans and low levels of starch.
  • Testing: Ensure that powders and tinctures have been analytically tested and guaranteed to contain beneficial compounds. Choose products created sustainably, using non-GMO ingredients, and with a commitment to purity.

Where to Buy Lion's Mane

We, at Gethemp, offer certified organic lion’s mane products formulated to support physical and emotional state, focus, and function. With a commitment to quality and purity, Gethemp’s lion’s mane products provide the purest ingredients available. 

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