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Could Lion's Mane and Cordyceps Be the Ultimate Study Buddy?

Looking for a way to cram for those tests, without cramming your style? Drop the narcotics and reach for fungus, instead.

That’s right. I said it. Fungus. Who knew mushrooms were more than just a pizza topping? With studies coming out every day, Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane just may be the new answer to getting ahead, without breaking the bank, or your precious REM cycle. 


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But Why Mushrooms?


three brown mushrooms sitting in a forest


I don’t think it is a secret that school is rough. Almost ⅓ of adults living in developing countries suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression. How much do you think that number increases for students? According to Mental Health America, reports of anxiety and depression are at an all time high

If you feel like anxiety and depression has made it difficult to keep up with your classes and study for tests, you aren’t alone. Harvard Health says that [depression] “can impair your attention and memory, as well as your information processing and decision-making skills. It can also lower your cognitive flexibility (the ability to adapt your goals and strategies to changing situations) and executive functioning (the ability to take all the steps to get something done).”

So, what does this have to do with mushrooms? Well, according to studies posted at pubmed.gov and the National Center for Biotechnology Information, there have been promising results shown that suggest Lion’s Mane may play an important role in managing our anxiety and depression levels.  [1. 2. 3. 4. 5. ]

In addition to helping us overcome the depression and anxiety that may make it difficult for us to learn and process new information, Lion’s Mane has also been shown to help us Focus, aid in memory recall, and improve cognitive function

Now that we have addressed depression, anxiety, focus, memory recall, and improved cognitive function, let’s talk about energy.

Could Cordyceps be the answer to skipping those harmful energy drinks or little white or blue pills? According to a cited study posted on US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Cordyceps may aid in cellular energy in the form of ATP and has been shown to increase physical stamina. 

According to Pubmed.gov, Cordyceps has also shown promising results in increasing memory and ability to focus.


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