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Brain Forza Lion’s Mane Mushroom Review – Is it Effective?

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Overview | Nutrition Facts | Health Benefits | Contraindications | Cost | Dosing | Final Thoughts

Lion’s Mane Mushroom is a nutraceutical advertised as a potent solution for improving mental alertness and synthesis of the Nerve Growth Factor (a key hormone to the maintenance and proliferation of targeted neurons). The formula si produced by Brain Forza and is one of the several organic products offered by this supplier. The company commercializes only brain supplements and claims to continuously improve their product as a result of the feedback received from professionals and online community.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom is marketed to provide the purest and most potent form of Lion’s Mane which is also free of heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides (that sometimes contaminate wild or farm-growth Hericium). The product is also advertised as certified organic, vegetarian, and vegan friendly.


1) Quick Overview

Hericium erinaceus is a well-known Nootropic mushroom traditionally used in Chinese medicine for a broad spectrum of health concerns. Recent studies determined that this mushroom is a potent natural remedy against neurodegenerative diseases usually associated with aging.

Lion’s Mane is currently used to boost cognitive function, protect the brain, and support the production of a protein called Nerve Growth Factor. NGF is considered essential for the survival and proliferation of neurons. Without proper levels of NGF, neurons undergo apoptosis, meaning they die. It is why the protein is considered essential for the maintenance of a healthy functioning nervous system in humans. NGF prevents inflammation in the brain, stimulates neural activity, and provides an overall support for a healthy brain function.

The cognitive benefits of Lion’s Mane refer to the maintenance of optimal memory including recall memory, increased focus, and attention. It also helps repair injured myelin sheaths (the protective layers around the nerves) with benefits on the central nervous system.

Nutrition Facts

2) Lion’s Mane Mushroom Nutrition Facts

Lion’s Mane Mushroom contains the following ingredients: Lion’s Mane Mushroom contains the following ingredients: Certified organic Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus, primordial fruit bodies and spores) 1,500 mg.

3) Does Lion’s Mane Mushroom Work?

The active ingredient in this formula is a Nootropic mushroom also known by the name of Sheep’s Head, Bear’s Head, or Yamabushitake. It has been used as a traditional remedy in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Its uses referred to the treatment of a large number of conditions affecting the heart, kidneys, liver, or stomach.

Today, the mushroom is known as a powerful natural Nootropic and potent support of the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). NGF is a hormone involved in the regulation, growth, proliferation, maintenance, and survival of sensory neurons. These are activated by sensory input and are responsible for the transmission of sensory information like sight, sound, or feeling. They send the projections resulted to the other elements of the nervous system, until the information reaches the brain or the spinal cord.

Lion’s Mane is also involved in numerous other biological processes including some related to the regulation of the immune system function. It is also a rich source of nutrients including essential minerals (Zinc, Iron, and Selenium), amino-acids, polypeptides, and polysaccharides. The Polysaccharides in this mushroom are particularly beneficial for digestion as they have the ability to improve stomach mucosa functions.

Although an optimal dosage was not scientifically determined, several human studies showed positive results with doses of 2 g per day or more. The noticed improvements referred to symptoms of anxiety, depression, sleep quality, and cognitive decline.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom delivers a daily dosage of 1.5 mg daily if the user sticks to the recommendations of the producers (3 capsules per day.

Health Benefits

4) Lion’s Mane Mushroom Health Benefits

  • A single active ingredient which has been the subject of clinical studies is included in this formula
  • The product is currently on discount- a month’s supply costs only $19.95 (reduced from $34.99)
  • A daily dose of 1.5 grams of Lion’s Mane is considered likely safe and effective based on the human studies evidence available at this time.

5) Lion’s Mane Mushroom Warnings and Precautions

  • The formula is not a clinically tested product itself and there’s no mention of potential side effects on the label (although skin irritations have been associated with this type of supplements)

6) How Much Does Lion’s Mane Mushroom Cost?

A bottle containing 90 capsules is available on the official site for the price of $19.95. The formula is currently on discount. The standard cost of 1 bottle is $34.99. The product is also available at other online stores, so it would be good to check if some of these retailers offer better prices. We have seen this situation many times before, so it is best to check for the lowest price source before placing your order.
Brain Forza ships the formula in USA and California, so international customers can only purchase it from the producer’s online partners.

If you can’t avail of the discounted price, but still want a lion’a mane supplement with the same value, we recommend giving Dr. Emil Lion’s Mane a try.


7) Lion’s Mane Mushroom Serving Size

The Polysaccharides present in high quantities in this mushroom have been shown to effectively support a healthy digestive function and to act as powerful antioxidants. Lion’s Mane is being investigated as a potential treatment for diabetes (due to its ability to lower glucose levels and reduce thirst sensation), depression, high cholesterol, and immune system problems.

Final Thoughts

8) Final Thoughts on Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane Mushroom is marketed to be 2-6 times stronger than popular extracts of this mushroom. The manufacturer does not motivate what makes their formula so much stronger than similar products. However, the daily dosage of 1.5 grams is a moderate amount based on the data from clinical studies conducted so far. We have made a little research and found that there are products which deliver more than 2g of Lion’s Mane per serving, so what makes this formula better? We’re not exactly sure, but one of the good about the formula is that it’s organic and it lacks dangerous contaminants and pesticides.

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