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Cathy Wong, ND

Sharpening Your Brain with Lion's Mane

By February 15, 2012

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A type of medicinal mushroom long used in traditional Chinese medicine, lion's mane, lion's mane shows promise as a natural remedy for preserving brain health as you age. For instance, in a small study published in 2009, lion's mane appeared to improve brain function in a group of older adults with mild cognitive impairment. In addition, tests on animals suggest that lion's mane may help fight the harmful effects of amyloid beta (a substance that forms the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease).

More research is needed to explore the brain-protecting benefits of lion's mane. To help keep your brain healthy as you get older, make sure to follow a diet high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, exercise regularly, and keep mentally and socially active. Some studies show that natural substances like resveratrol and turmeric may also help shield brain health. Read the article: Lion's Mane - What You Need to Know.

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