Lion’s Mane Testosterone | Is There Any Affect?

Lion's Mane Testosterone | Is There Any Affect?

We get many questions about what effects Lion’s Mane Mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus) may have on testosterone, so we decided to dive deeper into this subject. The lack of solid science about the effects Hericium erinaceus has on the hormone makes it difficult to reach any conclusions. However, lion’s mane may have potentially increased the production of testosterone via neurogenesis. Read on to find out more details.

Lions Mane Mushroom is a tremendously health-promoting adaptogenic fungus known for it is myriad of healing properties. It has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, and is still worshipped by alternative healthcare practitioners. It favors cool climates and grows in lush forests of North America, Europe, and Asia.

Does Lion’s Mane Mushroom Increase Testosterone?

Testosterone is an androgen, the male sex hormone, which promotes male-sex characteristics development (such as increased body hair and an increased capacity for generating muscle faster). The production of testosterone begins in the hypothalamus. The hormone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT, abbreviated) throughout the body, exerting effects in a variety of tissues. Lions Mane mushrooms can boost the production of testosterone by beneficial effects on the brain (particularly in the hypothalamus).

How Does Lion’s Mane Mushroom Affect Hormones?

Lions Mane Mushroom has the potential to influence hormonal production by stimulating neural growth, especially in the hypothalamus. A known nootropic, Lion’s mane mushroom appears to promote neurogenesis. A Japanese study of lion’s manes’ neurogenetic potential suggests this mushroom mitigates cognitive disorders by stimulating nerve cell production. Lions mane mushrooms contain compounds that contribute to production of brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF).

BDNF, in turn, regulates hypothalamic hormone production (growth hormone, vasopressin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, etc.). Thus, by stimulating BDNF, these adaptogenic mushrooms can modulate the production of specific hormones. This calls for more studies of the effects of Hericium erinaceus on hormones, particularly in humans.

Does Lion’s Mane Mushroom Affect DHT?

Because there is not enough research, we cannot really know exactly how the lions mane impacts the production of dihydrotestosterone. DHT is a hormone in the hypothalamus. Thus, Hericium erinaceus can promote production of this hormone through stimulating hypothalamic neurogenesis. This hypothesis is promising and deserves more investigation, particularly in human subjects.

Can Lion’s Mane Mushroom Lower Testosterone?

There is not enough scientific study of lion manes effects on testosterone for definitive results. However, anecdotal evidence does not indicate lion’s mane reduces testosterone levels. Some other herbal mushrooms may reduce the levels of testosterone in animals.

For instance, the yellow jelly mushroom appears to decrease the testosterone output of mice. If you want to err on the side of caution and get the benefits of Hericium erinaceus without risking lowering testosterone, you are better off eating this mushroom along with the Cordyceps. Cordyceps mushrooms have been shown to boost testosterone production, and they can offset any inhibiting effects of other medicinal mushrooms.

About the author

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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