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Lion's mane, vagus nerve, choline

Lion's mane, vagus nerve, choline

Lion's mane mushroom has been used in alternative medicine since ancient times and is considered an amazing superfood that improves mental performance while also helping to create a healthy microbiota in our gut. Until now, it is widely used in Chinese and Japanese culture, it is increasingly found in our homes, and more and more scientific research is being conducted. Used as food and medicine.

Lion's mane mushroom is known as a superfood that strongly tones our nervous system, widely affecting the nervous and digestive systems. The human body has the main brain, but also the second one - the digestive tract, where a very important organism - the microbiota - works. The digestive tract and brain work together to create harmony in our bodies. The main conductor between these two "brains" is the vagus nerve (vagus nerve), which stretches from the base of the brain, travels through the ears, throat, trachea, esophagus, lungs, aorta, heart and all the way to the organs of the digestive tract. The vagus nerve is the highway between the two main "brains" of our body. If this highway is not maintained, many functions of our body can be disrupted, from general malaise to heart and digestive disorders, or even depression. The vagus nerve can influence the immune response to diseases and inflammatory processes in the body, the ability to relax after stress, digestive tract disorders, reflux, dizziness and fainting.


In order to maintain the good function of the vagus nerve in natural ways, it is recommended to meditate, do yoga, sing (vibrations activate the vagus nerve), consume as much fiber-rich food as possible, enrich your diet with choline, zinc, vitamin B12, magnesium, calcium, sodium ( yes, a pinch of salt in food is very useful) and food containing omega-3. Of all the elements mentioned, choline has the greatest influence on the vagus nerve. It is a precursor of the main neurotransmitter acetylcholine, useful for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, helps fight high blood pressure, arrhythmia and other heart diseases. It also helps fight inflammatory processes and oxidative damage in the body.
In order to enrich the body with the much-needed choline (our body produces some of the choline itself, but that amount is not enough), it is recommended to eat eggs, salmon, broccoli, soybeans, and use choline supplements. The bioactive substances in the Lion's mane mushroom activate the activity of choline acetyltransferase, which promotes the formation of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a very important substance for the vagus nerve. Therefore, after balancing the diet and using lion's mane mushroom supplements, we can stimulate important body processes that improve the work of the vagus nerve. And at the same time, the harmonious activity of the whole body.
Lion's mane mushroom has been used as a food and medicine since ancient times, stimulating the growth of nerve cells, their healthy recovery, and at the same time the vagus nerve (vagus nerve). Also, lion's mane mushroom is known as a powerful tonic for our nervous system. Used together with the exclusive, high-quality Brazil Daterra Monte Cristo coffee with Lion's Mane coffee , it refreshes the mind and body while strengthening the body. For those who want decaffeinated coffee, there is a great alternative: Swiss Water Decaf Brazil with Lion's Mane , lion's mane mushroom will refresh the mind, and the highest quality coffee tastes great.


In addition to the aforementioned benefits for the nervous system, lion's mane is also useful for maintaining and repairing the lining of the digestive tract. Here you can briefly touch on a rarely heard, but often affecting disorder - leaky gut. In the case of this disorder, the intestinal walls pass into the body not only useful and necessary nutrients and trace elements, but also oxides that cause various inflammatory processes in the body. Lion's mane mushroom helps rebuild the intestinal walls, has an anti-inflammatory effect, thus reducing the processes that cause diseases and even cancer.


A lot of research has been done on the lion's mane mushroom to learn more about its benefits for our body, intestines and nervous system. A study conducted with people aged 50-80 with moderate form of dementia revealed that 16 weeks of using lion's mane mushroom supplement improved the subjects' cognitive function, related to environmental awareness, memory and concentration, compared to the part of subjects who used a placebo. (Study: Hersant H, He S, Maliha P, Grossberg G. Over the counter supplements for memory: A review of available evidence. CNS Drugs. 2023;37(9):797-817. doi:10.1007/s40263-023- 01031-6)

In summary, the lion's mane mushroom has a positive effect on the intestinal microflora, restores intestinal cells, affects inflammatory processes, helps restore damaged nerve cells, stimulates the formation of acetylcholine, which is necessary for the smooth functioning of the vagus nerve, provides tone, freshness, and improves memory.

Sources:
https://bristolfungarium.com/2023/10/16/lions-mane-and-the-gut-brain-axis/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9005275/
https://mindd.org/vagus-nerve-stimulation-many-benefits/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choline
https://www.neomedinstitute.com/news-blog/15-ways-to-stimulate-your-vagus-nerve-to-improve-gut-health
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-choline#sources