College - Author 1
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Department - Author 1
Agricultural Education and Communication Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in Agricultural Science
Megan Ann Silcott, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science, Agricultural Education and Communication Department
Hericium erinaceus (Lion's Mane)
Erinacines - component found in Lion's Mane
A variety of mushroom that has been grabbing the attention of different pharmaceutical companies is the Hericium Erinaceus commonly known as Lion’s Mane. Lion’s Mane also known as, “Sheep’s head, Bear’s head, Bearded tooth carpophore, and Yamabushitmnnake” (Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)). Lion’s Mane in nature is found growing off the dry bark of trees (Kuo, 2016). Nowadays there are many products in the market that sell Lion’s Mane mushroom powder as a superfood. Lion’s Mane mushroom is known to have the component erinacines. Erinacines as of now are only found in the mycelia of the H. erinaceus there is no evidence of this component being present at the fruiting body stage (Li, 2014). Erinacines have been found to have powerful antioxidant components, may have the potential to slow down degenerative diseases of the brain, and help prolong life.
Erinacines like many other substances have been found to have different strands. As of now erinacines A-K and P-S have been identified (Kuo, 2017). Researchers have been focusing on erinacine A due to its potential for aiding in neurodegenerative disorders and for its antioxidant capacity.