Lion’s Mane is the New Black

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Every once in a while, I hear about a “new” superfood or supplement and then once I’ve heard about it, everyone is mentioning it to me. Like when quinoa first came onto the modern scene. A few years ago, one of my friends asked me if I had tried quinoa and then the next thing I knew, quinoa was mentioned to me by everyone– then offered to me on everything.

Last week, Aaron brought in a packet of dried, powdered Lion’s Mane. We were like, huh? Then my client Laurie brought me a packet of “Brain Dust” made with Lion’s Mane. Then today Carolyn asked me about Lion’s Mane! Apparently Lion’s Mane is the new black. Or at least the new quinoa.

What is it? Lion’s Mane is a edible and medicinal mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for a very long time. It started to gain Western notoriety especially after a 2013 review of scientific studies, which asserted the medical benefits of the mushroom by saying, “This mushroom is rich in some physiologically important components, which are responsible for anti-cancer, immuno-modulating, hypolipidemic, antioxidant and neuro-protective activities of this mushroom. It has also been reported to have anti-microbial, anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, wound healing properties among other therapeutic potentials.”Another  2014 scientific review on the therapeutic effects of Lion’s Mane concluded that “it is helpful to various diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, immunoregulatory, and many types of cancer.”

Other research is demonstrating that Lion’s Mane could also improve cognitive ability, stimulate nerve growth, improve cardiovascular health, help with fatigue, is good for the skin … the list goes on and on. 

So, there you have it. A superfood star is born.

I’m going to give the many samples that I’ve received lately a shot. I’m all for giving a natural remedy/superfood a fair chance. I mean, quinoa worked out well so there might be something to this Lion’s Mane.


Tuesday’s Workout
Practice

A)
BASE
4 RFQ
20 Hollow rocks
200m Run
10 Alt. Pistols
–2min Rest between rounds–

PEAK
4 RFQR on the 4:00
20 Hollow rocks
200m Run
Max Alt. Pistols*
–2min Cap each round–
*Minimum of 12

B)
BASE
FQ
Thruster
8-8-8 (BY FEEL, less than 65%)

PEAK
FQ
Thruster
75% x 5
85% x 3
95% x 1+

Wednesday’s Workout
Practice

A)
BASE
FQT
2*4*6*8*6*4*2
Push presses (50-55%)
Toes to bar
*4 Lateral burpees
–14min Cap–

PEAK
FQT
2*4*6*8*10*8*6*4*2
Push presses (50-55%)
Toes to bar
*6 Lateral burpees
–18min Cap–

B)
FQ
Back squat
5-5-5 (BY FEEL)

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