Lion's Mane Mushroom - IUCN Red List

Where is Lion’s Mane Red Listed?

 

The Lion's Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is a type of fungus that grows in Europe, North America and Asia.  Lion's Mane is commonly used for gourmet cooking, but it is also very well known for its medicinal properties due to the various compounds that it contains, such as being an immune and cognitive booster.

With its many benefits, Lion’s Mane has quickly become a commonly consumed mushroom, mostly being used in a powder form to add to coffee, tea and smoothies. With this influx of use, the Lion’s Mane Mushroom has started decreasing in some areas of the world and hence has started being endangered in some countries.

To preserve the mushroom in affected countries, Lion’s Mane has been placed on the IUCN Red List, to drive awareness for sustainable consumption and countries to avoid purchasing Lion’s mane from.

 

What is the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The IUCN, which stands for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature is an organization providing assessment of species populations worldwide, and in doing so enables us to better understand species current conditions pertaining to matters of risk of extinction. It also enables consumers to make sustainable choices in purchasing specific products that may be at risk.

 

Where is Lion’s Mane Red Listed?

According to the IUCN, Lion’s Mane is red listed in the following countries: Austria, Belgium (regional red list), Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia (regional Red Data Books), Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and (unofficially) in the UK. It is protected by law in Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK.

This means, when purchasing the Lion’s Mane Mushroom, these countries should be avoided.

 

Where do we obtain our Lion’s Mane from?

 

This question is one which has many layers but fundamentally boils down to the quality of our Lion’s Mane.

So here are the things to consider:

Is the Lion's Mane sustainably sourced?

This is extremely important to us. Lion's Mane has a decreasing population and thus we consciously chose to obtain our Lion's Mane extract from a farm focused on its sustainability. We are pleased to note that the country of origin is - China - and is not on the (IUCN) red list.

How do we know it's good quality?

Well this is an easy one. Our products are all lab tested proving qualities such as: it being a fruiting body, it is an extract not a powder, +50% polysaccharide content, heavy metals testing etc. These tests are done Internally and Independently.

Farming Methods?

The farming of the Lion's mane Mushroom is done artificially meaning the environment and it's recourses are chosen distinctly and sustainably.

To find out more about Lion's mane, its properties and fbenefits, have a look here

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