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How to choose a Lion’s Mane (Hericium Erinaceus) extract?

As you know Nootropicsorigin also focused on nature nootropics, among all of the natural ones, Lion’s mane can be the point of concern. Also because it is a kind of dietary supplement which both works well for brain health and digestion health.

It is commonly found on broadleaf trees and logs, and according to recent researches, Hericum Erinaceus Mushroom contains a number of polysaccharides, such as B-glucan, heteroglucans and erinacine, D-arabinitol, etc, these substances make this kind of mushroom very useful for the human brain, digestive and other healthy. The benefits are widely known which we will not talk more about it.

Lion’s mane mushroom is also a traditional Chinese expensive dish, Hericium Erinaceus also belongs to medicinal and edible fungi. You know, wild with organic hericium mushrooms are very expensive because of scarcity and demand. The lucky is the Hieracium mushroom farming industry is growing fast, most lion’s mane extract for commercial use are not an organic one.

Even Hericium Erinaceus is from human planted, The growth of Hieracium Erinaceus requires high requirements on the environment and water distribution, temperature control and basically, it is no use of pesticides, so we just need to care about the heavy metal.

For heavy metal data, we need to check about the four kinds of Hericium Erinaceus powder/Extract powder:

1. Hericium Erinaceus raw powders

2. Hericium Erinaceus extract from Sporocarp ( fruiting body)/ (full spectrum)

3. Hericium Erinaceus extract from mycelium

There are some differences among the above three different ones. For Hericium Erinaceus raw powders, it is just from grinding crushed dry mushrooms, thus the color is lighter than extract one, it has no residual solvent and keeps all ingredients of the original one except low water content.

For the exact one, the part used there are full-spectrum, sporocarp and mycelium, so what are the differences?

A fruiting body is generally what you would visually recognize as a mushroom. It is fleshy, contains spores, and grows above ground or directly on the surface of its host, like a tree or old log. The mushroom’s fruiting body comprises a stem, cap, and gills, which are what the general populace would eat in a culinary dish, but in nature, it acts primarily as the reproductive component of a fungal system, dispersing spores and inoculating hosts. Not all  mushrooms have a fruiting body.

Mycelium is the main body and feeding membrane of a mushroom. It grows underground or within the host plant. While it might not look like much, the mycelium acts much like a complex network that can communicate with and adapt to its surrounding environment. Think of it like the roots of the mushrooms. The mycelium is responsible for taking in nutrients by breaking down decaying matter using various enzymes. These nutrients are absorbed and transferred through hyphae to feed and support not just the fungus itself but whole ecosystems.

The main effective ingredient from Hericium Erinaceus extract is Polysaccharide, and 30% is mainly accepted on the supplement market. Actually, Polysaccharide mainly comes from the fruit body. But because the Mycelium is easy and quick to grow up, it is a cheaper alternative material, the real extract from fruit body color is as below. If the price of line’s mane extracts very lower, you may need to consider it is used Mycelium not the fruit body.

An honest and professional factory will use polymeric adsorbent or coprecipitation method to remove heavy metal and keep it under the stand 10ppm.

Here is the standard COA for your reference