Mushrooms For Menopause Part 2: LION'S MANE

Lucid Lion’s Mane For Menopause

The onset of menopause in women in their 40s or 50s is marked by a natural decline in reproductive hormones. This biological process is clinically confirmed by the cessation of menstruation for a period of 12 consecutive months. Menopausal symptoms commonly manifest as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and sleep disturbances, which can contribute to emotional distress such as anxiety or depression. Functional mushrooms are another tool that women can access to help alleviate the symptoms.

Lion’s mane for cognitive improvement: Lion's mane mushroom, a natural supplement also known as Hericium erinaceus, has been extensively recognized for its potential in augmenting brain function. This efficacy is attributed to the presence of specific compounds, namely hericenones and erinacines, which stimulate the production of nerve growth factors (NGFs). Neurotrophic factors like NGFs play a crucial role in the maintenance of neuronal health and are essential for the production of new neurons (neurogenesis). Insufficient levels of NGFs have been linked to cognitive impairment and memory deficit. Hence, incorporating lion's mane into the daily routine may prove beneficial in supporting cognitive function and memory, particularly during menopause.

Erinacines A, B and C, strong stimulators of nerve growth factor (NGF)-synthesis, from the mycelia of Hericium erinaceum - ScienceDirect

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In a clinical trial conducted in Japan, participants were administered either a lion's mane mushroom supplement or a placebo over a duration of 12 weeks. The effectiveness of the intervention was assessed through three neuropsychological tests, namely a mental state examination, a visual retention test, and a verbal paired-associate learning test. Notably, only the group receiving the lion's mane supplement demonstrated significant enhancements in cognitive function, as compared to the placebo group, thereby signifying the potential of this supplement in supporting cognitive performance.

“...H. erinaceus significantly improved cognitive functions and prevented from the deterioration. We speculate that various chemical compounds, including hericenones, in the mushroom have multiple effects to the brain neural networks and improve cognitive functions. Oral intake of H.erinaceus is safe and convenient method for dementia prevention so far.”

Improvement of cognitive functions by oral intake of <i>Hericium</i><i> erinaceus </i>

Lion’s mane for depression, sleep and LIFE: Erinacines (the novel aromatic compounds found in Lion’s mane) cross the blood brain barrier and plug into our dopamine receptors. In this way they can act as dopamine regulators. 

In a 2010 study Japanese researchers looked at the effects of Lion’s mane on 30 menopausal women and how it affected their depression, sleep and quality of life:

…”Our results show that HE (Hericium erinaceus) intake has the possibility to reduce depression and anxiety and these results suggest a different mechanism from NGF-enhancing action of H. erinaceus”

Reduction of depression and anxiety by 4 weeks Hericium erinaceus intake. | Semantic Scholar

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