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Anyone using lion's mane mushrooms for brain health?

 
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Hi - long time lurker here. My husband’s chemotherapy was awfully hard on his cognition so we tried lion’s mane tincture twice a day during treatment and continued for a couple of months afterward. Short term results were quite remarkable- if he missed a dose or two it was fairly obvious. Long term, he’s pretty much himself again, 6 months out. He still can’t remember passwords but he can do the New York Times crossword - go figure!
 
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I grow lions mane for my own consumption.
Using mushroom grow bags, I put in one pound of hardwood sawdust, one pound of ground soy hulls, and three pounds of water. I fold the bag shut, put rubber bands around it, and cook it in the pressure cooker for 2 hours at 15 psi.  After it cools, I open the bag and pour in some lions mane spawn (I get mine from NorthSpore.com).  

I seal the bag and wait, usually for about three weeks, until it fruits.  Then I slice the bag on all sides and put it in a shotgun fruiting chamber, as you shouldn’t spray lions mane directly.

Note:if you don’t provide enough fresh air, it doesn’t form the teeth, as you can see in the picture
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I can add that the Japanese govt has spent quite a lot of time and money studying the Lion's Mane Mushroom and its affect on cognitive function. They have published papers on the studies

here is a link to an abstract from one of the double blind studies

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18844328/

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oh and Kevin, that mushroom photo looks absolutely delicious !
 
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Thank you all for reviving this topic. I have been enjoying wild Lion's Mane mushrooms (and their relatives) for many years. A few years ago a snowstorm left us with a LOT of downed trees. I ordered a bunch of spawn kits from Field & Forest and grew Lion's Mane on California Black Oak logs. This combination has done fairly well. The logs fruit in the spring and fall. The cultivated Lion's Mane mushrooms are even more delicious than the wild ones. I only wish the mushrooms were larger!

I made a tincture from Lion's Mane- just fresh fruiting bodies in vodka. The results were  delicious and I have already given a bunch of the tincture away. I plan to grow more and make more tincture in the coming year. The latest research looks very promising.
 
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