Foods become functional when they provide specific benefits beyond their nutritional value that lead to an overall improvement in the quality of life by reducing the risk of disease. Mushrooms have long been used in traditional medicine for a variety of diseases and illnesses. Current research is examining the specific benefits and potential uses for a variety of mushroom species, although human trials are still needed.
Lion's Mane is a mushroom native to North America, Europe, and Asia. It has been used in traditional medicine for it's anti-inflammatory properties.