Lion's Mane mushroom. Hericium erinaceus. Syn.: Yamabusitake (jap.: mountain hidden mushroom), Pom-Pom blanc, hóu tóu gu (chin.: monkey's head).
Recommended daily dose: Take daily 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of the liquid extract solved in a glass of water or juice, 30 minutes before meal. During periods of increased nutrient requirements, the daily intake can be raised up to 2 times daily 10 ml (2 times daily, in the morning and evening 2 teaspoons each time). †
Thanks to improved bioavailability, with only 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of our new liquid extract the body can resorb the same quantity of polysaccharides and other mushroom compounds as you get from approximately 38 mushroom powder capsules.
† Recommended daily dose not specified.
Do not exceed the recommended daily intake. Food supplements are not a substitute for a balanced and varied diet. Keep out of reach of small children. Do not take during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Store in a dry and cool place.
The liquid Hericium extracts are produced using a unique, specially developed extraction process. This novel manufacturing technology makes the products different from all common standard mushroom supplements on the market. Using this new technology, it is possible for the first time to extract all organic and non-organic compounds from the mushroom and concentrate them in liquid form. The result is a holistic mushroom supplement of highest quality.
Previously available powder extracts, which are made by simple hot water extraction process, only contain the water soluble mushroom compounds, mainly polysaccharides. Other valuable ingredients which are lipophilic, like poorly water soluble terpene compounds, including highly active triterpenes and lipophilic vitamins, are absent in powder extracts.
Our new liquid Hericium mushroom extracts contain additionally to polysaccharides and peptidoglycans various other mushroom ingredients, such as amino acids, triterpenes, minerals (Ca, P, Na, K) and trace elements (Fe, Zn, Cu, Mn, Se) as well as vitamins (ergosterol). The new formula also increases bioavailability, which means that the substances contained in the extracts can be resorbed and utilised by the body better and easier. Our new and innovative production process leads to a product that contains the entire spectrum of active mushroom ingredients in a highly concentrated liquid form that can be optimally resorbed by the body.
The Lion´s Mane mushrooms for our extracts are cultivated on certified raw materials, supplied from 100 % organic farming. After harvesting, the mushrooms are gently dried to preserve the compounds as much as possible.
The next step is the alcoholic extraction. As extracting agent, we only use pure organic ethanol distilled from organic grown cereals. This step of the extraction process takes several days, during which the alcohol soluble ingredients are extracted from the mushrooms.
After that the mushrooms are filtered and prepared for the next step. The alcohol is removed from the extract by distillation, to ensure that the final product is non-alcoholic.
The next step is the extraction with water. This process dissolves the water-soluble ingredients out of the mushroom material.
At the end of the production process, both extracts are combined and homogenised with organic glycerine made from sunflower seeds. Glycerine is a body friendly natural material that protects vitamin and mineral molecules and avoids quality loss and decomposition of active agents during storage. It also improves resorption of the ingredients and gives the liquid a pleasant taste.
Lion's Mane grows preferentially on hardwoods such as oak, walnut, beech, maple, sycamore. In the wild, this mushroom occurs in late summer and autumn in Europe, North America and Asia (especially China and Japan) in deciduous forests.
Lion's Mane owes its name to its unusual shape. It is roundish-oval or even heart-shaped and covered on the outside with what looks like a lion's mane. The Chinese thought that it looks like a hedgehog's spiny beard and call it "hedgehog spiny beard mushroom". They also call it "monkey head mushroom", because the fruiting body is reminiscent of a hairy monkey head.
Lion's Mane is considered a popular and excellent edible mushroom in China. In fact, it is one of the few mushrooms that have a strong lobster aroma when cooked. In Europe, hedgehog spiny beard is rather less known, although it is native to parts of the continent.
Its unique flavor and highly decorative, coral-like appearance make in a sought-after delicacy. In the wild, this mushroom is found in Europe, North America, and Asia (especially China and Japan) in deciduous forests.
Class: stander fungi (Basidiomycetes).
Subclass: cap fungi (Agaricomycetidae)
Order: Brittle-leaved fungi (Russulales)
Family: Spiny Bearded Fungi (Hericiaceae)
Genus: Spiny bearded (Hericium)
Species: Hericium erinaceus
Spores: white, elliptic, smooth to slightly rough; 5.5 - 7 x 4.5 - 5.5 µ