What's The Ideal Dose of Lions Mane Mushrooms?

Want the most from your Lion’s Mane supplements? You need to know the correct lion’s mane dosage to take for each super-specific purpose. Lion’s Mane has recently proven itself effective in helping with a spectrum of illnesses and problems ranging from low mood to Parkinson’s Disease. 

But, like with any medicinal treatment or supplement, you need to take the right amount for Lion’s Mane to work its magic in your brain and body.

It’s important to manage your lion’s mane dosage carefully so that you can get the full effect for the particular issue you’re taking it for. So here are our recommended doses and the results you can see with this powerful and unique mushroom. 

Why Dosage Matters…

Whether you’re testing out dietary supplements for the first time or you’re a pro biohacker trying to get the most from your physiology, you want to get your money’s worth from Lion’s Mane. With that in mind, we want to make sure you’re taking it correctly so you can start seeing those ‘oh wow’ kinda results. 

The biggest mistake we see new Lion’s Mane enthusiasts making is taking the wrong dosages. 

While it would be near impossible to take too much, it is easy to take too little. 

Especially since so many low-quality and unreliable Lion’s Mane brands are pretty vague about dose recommendations, or they contain such a small amount of actual fruiting body that you need to take three times as much. 

With our high-quality capsules, we generally recommend 1800mg a day, but how did we get to that number?

Well, quite a lot goes into working out your required Lion’s Mane dosage, and that can include your age, weight and the reason you’re taking this helpful ‘shroom. So bear these extra factors in mind when with all of our suggested doses, and look at them as more like guidelines than firm rules. 

That being said, studies have shown specific dosages work better for different purposes. So here’s just how much of our friendly nootropic mushroom supplement you’ll need…

Find Your Focus And Improve Memory 

A commonly overlooked use for Lion’s Mane is to improve your memory, focus and overall brain power. Both animal and human studies have proven our hero hericium erinaceus to be of huge help. If you want to feel like you’re firing on all cylinders in the cognitive department, then Lion’s Mane can give you these benefits even at lower dosages. 

This is one instance where you can start at a lower dose and see what works best for you, giving you the breadth of results you’re looking for. We’d recommend beginning with a daily dose of 1800mg and testing out higher doses to discover just how much Lion’s Mane can do for your attention and focus. 

Calm The Symptoms Of Depression & Anxiety

We often recommend taking your daily Lion’s Mane with your morning coffee - especially if caffeine is usually an anxiety trigger for you. That’s because this non-psychedelic but surprisingly powerful mushroom has a proven calming effect. 

In fact, it can do much more than that. Research shows that it has a clever ability to reduce the symptoms experienced with anxiety and depression and OCD. That means if you’re struggling with low mood, brain fog, concentration issues or trouble sleeping, Lion’s Mane is like your best friend showing up with your favourite takeaway meal, a hug and some good conversation.

There’s no perfect Lion’s Mane dosage that can totally remove the symptoms of mood disorders, but anything starting from 1000mg daily has proved to be helpful. Some people report results at 1000mg, while others only see the effects at 5000mg - it all depends on you. 

Reduce Effects Of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

With so many studies showing that Lion’s Mane can reduce the effects and onset of Alzheimer’s, it’s easy to see why the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation recommends it. If you think it sounds too good to be true, there was even a highly controlled and thorough clinical trial testing its effects on things like confusion, brain fog and memory loss. 

These are key problems that come with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and even at doses of 1000mg, Lion’s Mane was able to significantly reduce the milder symptoms.

Taking into account these studies, we think it’s best to start with 1000mg per day and increase the dosage to 1800mg gradually until you notice that the benefits level out. 

Take Control Of ADHD

ADHD can be a lot more than simply having lots of energy or being easily distracted. This condition can be quite difficult to live with and manage, as some people can struggle with focus and brain noise to the point of being unable to work. 

Evidence has started to suggest - excitingly - that taking this mushroom at a higher dose can help you feel more like yourself and reduce the background difficulties that ADHD can cause. 

Now, if you’re already on ADHD medication, it’s important to check with your doc first before taking anything else for it. But it’s a good idea to start at 1800mg of a good quality hericium erinaceus supplement and work your way up to 5000mg. This is where you’re most likely to see the full effects that this calming ‘shroom can have.

Say No To Neuropathy

This highly painful condition is caused by nerve dysfunction and damage and can mean you have to make drastic changes to your lifestyle to accommodate your pain level and sometimes limited bodily functions. 

Lion’s Mane has been shown to promote the nerves’ ability to rebuild themselves. And the bonus good news is that it doesn’t seem to interact with the neuropathy medications commonly given for this condition. So even if you’re already taking pain medication for neuropathy, you can still reap the rewards that Lion’s Mane has to offer. 

For neuropathic pain, Lion’s Mane is best taken 1-3 times a day, at a daily dose of 500-1000mg. Of course, everyone is different, so try to experiment with dosage to discover what gives you the most relief. 

See Symptom Improvement With MS

Many people struggle with this silent disease, in both of its forms, as either symptom flare-ups or slow nerve degeneration. 

When it comes to medicinal mushrooms, hericium erinaceus shows the most promise for MS treatment, particularly at higher doses like 5000mg daily. That’s because Lion’s Mane has a special ability to encourage nerves to protect themselves and even slow down the degeneration of nerves. 

Not only can you reduce some of the symptoms that come with multiple sclerosis, like fatigue and muscle weakness, but a recent study has also shown that supplements made up of the ‘shroom’s fruiting body (the fully grown mushroom, not just its initial root structure as some brands try to sell) can promote the production of new nerves. 

Slow Progression Of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s can affect every aspect of life, but Lion’s Mane has the ability to help with some of the daily symptoms and could also slow down the progression of the disease. 

How can a little mushroom do all that for such a serious condition?

A study looked into the way this shroom can reduce neurotoxicity (that’s scientist-speak for toxins), which is something deeply connected to Parkinson’s. This study showed that subjects who’d taken Lion’s Mane showed fewer signs of toxicity, which seemed to be due to how protective Lion’s Mane is. 

To get these kinds of benefits specifically for Parkinson’s, it’s recommended that you take Lion’s Mane every day for at least a month. You can increase the dose until you reach about 3000 mg or start noticing an improvement in your symptoms.

Boost Your Overall Health Maintenance

If you want to include Lion’s Mane into your diet for its antioxidant activities, use it for its brain-supporting properties, or as a natural energy boost, you probably don’t need to take too much before you’ll actually notice a difference. Lion’s Mane is pretty cool that way.

For overall health maintenance, a daily dose of 1000-1800 mg should be enough to give you the health kick you’re looking for. 

Unlock The Magic Of Lion’s Mane At The Right Dosage

As we said, take some time to deliberate your Lion’s Mane dosage. There are a lot of factors at play that can mean you need to take more or less than someone else. You can increase the dosage gradually if you feel like taking more Lion’s Mane would benefit you. But for antioxidant effects and overall health maintenance, a dosage of 1000 mg per day makes a big difference. 

If you want to try quality fruiting body Lion’s Mane supplements to help with symptoms or your general health, check out our Lion’s Mane capsules page for more shroom-based dosage guidance.


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