Lion's Mane Benefits - The Importance of The Fruiting Body

Better brain function, improved mental health, boosted immune system and reduced inflammation - just some of the life-changing Lion’s Mane benefits. Where does all this goodness come from? 

The fruiting body.

That’s exactly what’s in our Lion’s Mane supplements.

Pure Lion’s Mane fruiting body, grown and water extracted here in the UK, to give you 100% Lion’s Mane benefits with no fillers or nasty hidden extracts.

Fruiting Body & Mycelium - What’s What, & Which Is Best?

If you’re new to fantastical fungi supplements, the terms fruiting body and mycelium might cause a cognitive conundrum. In fact, there’s a whole debate going on out there about it. What’s what? Which is best? Etc.

Let’s start with what’s what…

  • The Fruiting Body
  • This is the reproductive part of a mushroom you can see above the surface of what it’s growing on. It contains spores that spread and enable continued growth and colonisation.

  • Mycelium
  • Similar to the roots of a plant, mycelium is a network of ‘threads’ that collect food, water and nutrients to enrich the fungus. It also anchors it to its substrate (grain, then oak in our case).

    Which is best?

    Imagine a bowl of spaghetti carbonara. What if someone asked you to extract the spaghetti without traces of pancetta? Chances are a few meaty pieces are going to be present too.

    Mycelium extraction isn’t dissimilar!

    When cultivated in a lab, it’s often impossible to separate the mycelium from the grain it’s grown on. This results in a proportion of the extract coming from the substrate, which has no beneficial properties for your health.

    With a fruiting body, it’s easier to guarantee 100% fruiting body in your supplements. Meaning you received 100% Lion’s Mane benefits.


    The Fruiting Body Of Lion’s Mane

    When you decide to use a mushroom supplement to enhance your brain function, you will want to know exactly what’s in it.

    The fruiting body of Lion’s Mane is the white fluffy bit you can see, and it’s the bit that contains the hericenones that support nerve growth factor (NGF). 

    Why’s NGF so important?

    NGF is essential for maintaining a healthy brain. It promotes the growth, development and maintenance of the parts that send messages around your body to keep things working as they should - aka neurons.

    This wonder-protein helps to stimulate the creation of new cells and strengthen existing cells. NGF also plays a key role in forming myelin, the sheath around nerve cells that helps the brain function properly.

    Research has shown that hericenones and erinacines found in the fruiting body and mycelium of Lion’s mane easily cross the blood-brain barrier and help to stimulate NGF. 

    Hericenones aren’t the only wondrous property contained within the Lion’s Mane fruiting body. It’s also rich in nutrients and bioactive compounds, all of which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help remove damaging oxidants, relieve pain and reduce inflammation in your body and brain.

    Compared to mycelium, it’s proven that the fruiting body of Lion’s Mane is richer in certain beta-glucans, which can lower your risk of heart disease, prevent your body from absorbing cholesterol, and prevent infections.

    Fruiting Body Vs Mycelium

    With mushroom supplements, you’ve probably already found there are some big differences which can leave you confused about what might be the best option. To help understand things a little more to make an informed decision, here are the key differences…

    Fruiting Body


    Thicker, supporting walls that contain a probiotic fibre that support a healthy gut.

    Thinner, permeable cell walls which can be easier for people to digest.

    Rich in vital nutrients that are great overall -  protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.

    Function is to give nutrients to the fruiting body, but it does have some of its own.

    Good source of micro-minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

    Contain more nutrient compounds which support the immune and digestive system.

    Lack the powerful extra-cellular components of fibrous protein and collagen.

    Great for use as dietary supplements and additives due to extra-cellular capabilities.

    The truth is…

    Both the mycelium and fruiting body of mushrooms contain health-promoting properties. However, scientific studies do show they find more in the latter. For promoting a healthy mind, it’s definitely the Lion’s Mane fruiting body that contains its magical (not magic) properties.


    Make The Choice That’s Best For You

    When you’re deciding which mushroom supplement to take, the most important thing is to make sure they’re safe, match your needs, and are packed full of fantastic fungi so you’ll experience its true benefits.

    If you’re looking for a super-strength, pure concentrated, UK-grown and manufactured supplement that can boost your brain power, help your body stay healthy and fight off any nasties, look no further!

    Here at TwentyTwo, our capsules contain pure Lion’s Mane fruiting body. Nothing more and nothing less. So you know exactly what you’re using to nourish, enhance and promote healthy brain function.

    To find out more, and start the journey towards a happier and healthier you, click here…

    1 comment

    Hi there just a quick one how many grams will I be taking when I take two capsules a day

    Dermot April 14, 2023

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