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Incorporating plants, herbs, and spices into your healthcare regimen is a good way to achieve balanced wellness. Lion’s mane mushrooms have been used in East Asian diets for centuries, and have recently become popular in North America. The large, white mushrooms resemble the mane of a lion and can be eaten raw, dry, cooked, or even used in tea. Though it is always best to talk to a doctor before taking a new supplement, the various health benefits of lion's mane mushrooms could make them a great addition to your diet.

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1. Guard Against the Onset of Dementia

Dementia is one of the most common side effects of aging. As people get older, it becomes more difficult for the brain’s nerves to make new connections. As a result, cognition starts to decline. Research indicates that lion’s mane mushrooms contain two compounds — hericenones and erinacines — that can stimulate the growth of brain cells, which may help prevent the onset of dementia.

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