Yamabushitake also known as Lion's mane has been called "Nature's Nutrient for the Neurons" because it's unique ability to stimulate the production of nerve growth factor, NGF. Because of this miracle of nature, Hericium erinaceus, is being used for its very promising treatment of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Furthermore, it plays a much larger role in the body's homeostatsis in general. It is showing very strong antioxidant and insulinotropic properties which may really help those suffering from metablic syndromes and cardiovascular diseases like type 2 diabetes. There is even evidence that it may speed up the body's natural wound healing capabilities which could be extremely helpful in many approaches toward healthier living and various avenues for recovery from a variety of ailments. Lion's mane also seems to have an amazing ability to reduce airway inflammation and asthma-related problems. The immune strengthening properties of Lion's mane are very promising indeed. For example in China, the Lions Mane mycelium is harvested to treat gastric ulcers, gastritis and even oesophageal cancer. Not to mention that it has been shown to have possible treatment possibilities with MS patients, reduction in anxiety and depression in some patients, and nerve damage recovery in rats. The mycelium and fruiting body can be made into an extract that has been shown to exhibit anti-MRSA activity. This alone is getting the martial artists and gym goers of the world excited because of the daily threat of contaminated gym equipment. Lion's mane is a wonder of nature and is sure to become a favorite in your myco-toolbox whether you are a crossfit fanatic or just taking a proactive approach to your well-being.