Does Lion’s Mane Mushroom Contain Protein?

Does lion's mane mushroom have protein? And Other Common Questions featured image

There is a lot of buzz around the health benefits of lion’s mane mushroom, but one question that many people are asking is whether or not it is a good source of protein. Does lion’s mane have protein? Let’s take a closer look at this amazing fungus and find out!

So Does lion’s mane mushroom have protein?

Lion’s mane is actually a great source of protein offering 22 grams of protein per 100 grams. Lion’s mane also offers a high amount of essential amino acids with 44 grams of amino acids per 100 grams compared to the 51 grams of amino acids found in an egg. Not bad considering lion’s mane is not known for being a health source of food, as it’s often used as a nootropic.

If you can find a good source of fresh lion’s mane mushroom it may be worth incorporating into your diet. Especially if your vegan, since it has protein, amino acids, and other vitamins and minerals that are tough to get consistently when on a vegan diet. And definitely don’t forget the cognitive benefits that it’s so well known for.

Thankfully lion’s mane is known to taste great, and have the consistency of crab or lobster. That definitely opens it up for creativity and use in a variety of dishes. There are even recipes out there for lion’s mane steaks if you can find a large enough fruiting body to give it a try.

We found a video outlining how to make lion’s mane steaks that you can find here:

Additional Resources:

Does Lion’s Mane Mushroom Have Caffeine?

Does Lion’a Mane Mushroom Help with Pain?

The Best Lion’s Mane Supplements

The Best Lion’s Mane Powders

The Best Lion’s Mane Tinctures

The Best Lion’s Mane Gummies

Updated 10/5/2022


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Bruce Wilson

I've studied Mycology and Forest Pathology and love creating content to help other learn more about my passion. Follow along as I continue to explore the amazing world of functional fungi!

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