RAW Pine Pollen and Lion's Mane Tablets
Nourishing the Body and the Brain
From the Mountain Harvest Pine Pollen Line
Elevating the body and mind with RAW Pine Pollen from our Mountain Harvest Collection and Lion's Mane Extract (Standardized to contain 30% polysaccharides). Pine Pollen (Pinus massoniana) is used to energize the endocrine system and Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is used to support the brain and nervous system.* Together, these form a deeply renewing combination.
Research into Lion's Mane is helping to redefine the scientific understanding of how the brain renews and repairs itself throughout the lifespan, and how new neurons (brain cells) are created into and during adulthood and old age.
Additionally, Lion's Mane research helps show how individual neurons and nerves can actually repair and heal themselves. Lion's Mane has been extensively studied for its protective effects against oxidative stress in the brain and its neurotrophic effects upon neurons (promoting both the growth and differentiation of neurons).*
Pine Pollen is valued because of its living nutrients, enzymes, and co-enzymes, and its phytosterols and adaptogenic compounds (including phytoandrogen analogs).* We combine the two here to provide a single source for nourishing the body and the brain.
Each Bottle Contains:
- 40 servings of RAW Pine Pollen and Lion's Mane Extract Tablets (Mountain Harvest);
- Each serving contains:
- RAW Pine Pollen (1260 milligrams);
- Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) Extract (540 milligrams);
- 120 tablets.
- Contains Mountain Harvest RAW Pine Pollen and Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) Extract (30% polysaccharides);
- Potent Lion's Mane Extracted produced using a dual stage, hydroethanolic hot water extraction process (learn more here);
- Each serving contains 1260 milligrams of RAW Pine Pollen and 540 milligrams of Lion's Mane;
- Our Mountain Harvest Pine Pollen is guaranteed wild harvested exclusively from natural, mountain-borne sources and only from the potent Pinus massoniana pine tree;
- It is harvested at the peak of potency, when the pine catkins are most active, within a 3-day period once a year;
- Lion's Mane is a highly researched medicinal mushrooms and is cherished by the Nootropics (intelligence supporting/enhancing) community.*
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What You'll Find Inside
Each bottle contains 120 tablets. Each tablet weighs 600 milligrams and contains nothing but RAW Pine Pollen (420 milligrams) and Lion's Mane Extract (180 milligrams). The opaque bottle protects the ingredients from damage and degradation by UV rays and helps to keep the contents dry. All RAW Forest Foods packaging is food grade and done domestically in our certified organic, FDA cGMP facility.
We began using Lion's Mane Extract in 2003 because of the extensive research was done into its beneficial effects upon the brain and nervous system. In a 2013 study, published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Lion's Mane Extract was shown to promote NGF (Neural Growth Factor) and to promote neurite outgrowth and differentiation.*
RAW Pine Pollen, with all of its living nutrients, co-factors, and other compounds, is used to support the health of the entire body, and when united with Lion's Mane, a deeply renewing combination is forged.*
Specific in-depth, extended information about Pine Pollen can be found on our site by following the links below:
- Adaptogenic and Androgenic Effects of Pine Pollen;
- Nutritional Analysis of Pine Pollen;
- The RAW Forest Foods Advantage and the Mountain Harvest Pine Pollen Difference;
- Pine Pollen Health Benefits and Current Scientific Research;
- The Historical and Chinese Medicine Perspective of Pine Pollen;
- Allergies, Safety, Contraindications, and Pine Pollen;
- Pine Pollen FAQs;
- Selected Referenced Works and Additional Resources;
- Our Facilities.
In-Depth Analysis of Lion's Mane
Habitat and Ecology
Lion’s Mane is found native in China, Europe, Japan, and North America. The fungus is both saprobic (feeding on decomposing or decaying organic matter) and parasitic (feeding on living tissue of a host, possibly causing host death).
Lion’s Mane can found growing from injured/wounded hardwood trees (commonly from oaks). The fungi tend to fruit in the late summer to fall (Harvest Season) and do so alone (not growing in clusters). In warmer, milder climates, Lion's Mane can be found fruiting during other seasons as well.
- Teeth on hymenium (a structure of the fruiting body);
- There is no distinct cap to Lion’s Mane;
- It lacks a stipe (sometimes referred to as a stem);
- Produces a white spore print;
- Grows both saprobic and parasitic;
- Known as a "Choice" edible;
- Correct identification of Lion’s Mane can be difficult.
The history of Lion’s Mane spans both centuries and continents, and the fungus is native to China, Europe, Japan, and North America. Ethnobotanical references to Lion’s Mane can be found under various pseudonyms, which helps to illustrate the many cultures who have used/who use it, including Hericium Erinaceus (Latin binomial), Hóu Tóu GÇ (Î«Ê_à) (Monkey Head Mushroom)(Chinese), Yamabushitake (±±_Îü) (Mountain Priest Mushroom) (Japanese), Igelstachelbart (German), Norugongdengi-beoseot (Éü£¬¦_É«_ããø) (Deertail Mushroom) (Korean), Satyr's Beard, as well as its common Western name, Bearded Tooth Fungus.
Lion’s Mane and Chinese Medicine
In China, Lion’s Mane is known as Hóu Tóu GÇ (Î«Ê_à), translating to “Monkey Head Mushroom,” and it is used both as a food and as a traditional medicine.* The main action of Lion’s Mane within Chinese Medicine is that of a tonic, restorative herb.*
Rather uniquely, Lion’s Mane benefits all of the five internal Yin organs:
Lion's Mane has an overall property of being sweet to neutral. Together, this makes Lion’s Mane a supreme tonic with a wide potential for use.*
Indications within Chinese Medicine for the use of Lion’s Mane include generalized weakness and gastrointestinal distress/upset (including ulcer and indigestion); however, possibly most interesting are the references of using Lion’s Mane for the poorly defined, antiquated condition of neurasthenia.*
Lion’s Mane and Neurasthenia
Neurasthenia can be seen largely as a relic of a bygone era of Western medical practice, one that included hysteria and nostalgia as grounds for institutionalization in a sanatorium. However, we can choose to view neurasthenia through a very modern lens.
Neurasthenia was first defined by the 19th century by the American neurologist George Miller Beard. Beard originally saw neurasthenia (dating back to 1829) as a purely physical condition, affecting the mechanics of the nervous system—that is, the actual nerves and neurons themselves. However, later in his career (1869) Beard revised his stance and began to see the condition as being psychological in nature, transitioning from the literal nerves to the figurative nerves.
Beard defined the condition to include symptoms of "fatigue, anxiety, headache, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, neuralgia (nerve pain), and depressed mood."
While no longer listed in the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, neurasthenia is still listed in the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases as well as the Chinese Society of Psychiatry's Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders.
Could it be that in the US that neurasthenia has been replaced by more scientific-sounding conditions such as Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Dysthymia, and Major Depressive Disorder? Are there commonalities between the symptoms of these conditions and the definition of neurasthenia that Beard provided in 1869? Might we choose to view them through the lens of neurasthenia, not as an etiology but simply as an illuminating factor?
Lion’s Mane and Western/Scientific Research
The vast majority of Western research has focused on the neurological effects of Lion’s Mane. The research presented here is intended solely for informational purposes, and it should not be confused as medical advice or as grounds for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.
Identified Chemical Compounds Present in Lion's Mane:
- Erinacines A-K;
- Hericenones A and C-H;
- Orcinol derivatives (Mycelium);
- Polysaccharides (HEF-P);
- Sialic-acid binding lectin;
- Sterols, such as ergosterol and beta-sitosterol.
- Neurogenesis: Lion’s Mane was shown to stimulate nerve cell growth in non-human animal models. Additionally, Lion's Mane stimulated nerve growth factor (NGF) production (in vitro) in human cells though activation of the c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK pathway), showing a potential for the "treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.";
- Cognition: Improvements in cognitive ability as seen in individuals with mild cognitive impairment and/or dementia (through a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial);
- Reduced depressive and anxiety symptoms, with increased concentration and decreased irritability;
- Neuroprotection: An in vitro experiment showed Lion’s Mane to stimulate neuron myelination (myelination is a coating on some neurons which promotes neural function). Lack of proper myelination is a hallmark of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and has been associated with Parkinson’s like disorders.
- In several studies, Lion’s Mane was found to promote peripheral nerve regeneration following a crush injury (1, 2, 3).*
- Research into possible benefits upon blood pressure (1, 2);
- Antioxidant and ACE Inhibitory Activities;
- Improved lipid metabolism in mice fed a high-fat diet;
Inflammation and the Immune System Potential:
- Anti-inflammatory properties of Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus);
- Stimulated macrophage activity of the immune system and increased T-cell count;
Skin Health Potential:
- Accelerated wound healing and reduced immune cell accumulation in animal models.
- Anti-metastatic potential in specific colon cancer cell lines (in vitro);
- Use of the fungus has been noted in treatment of gastric ulcers and esophageal cancer in China.
Allergies, Safety, and Contraindications
Lion's Mane is considered a safe, edible mushroom. Additionally, animal models have shown Lion's Mane to be non-toxic.
With that said, some people have stated that the use of Lion's Mane extract can cause an itchiness of the skin, due to increased Neural Growth Factor (NGF). Precaution should be taken in the case of allergy or allergic symptoms.
One case of a probable adverse reaction to Lion's Mane (respiratory distress) has been reported in the literature.
Using Pine Pollen and Lion's Mane Extract Tablets
The suggested dosage is 3 tablets, up to 2 times per day.
Other Ingredients: None. No binders are needed in this product because of the natural polysaccharides present in Lion's Mane Extract
This product is GMO-free and is vegan/vegetarian.
At RAW Forest Foods, our favorite way to use this product is simply to take it with fresh, cool water, and to consume it with food. This is how we recommend others use the product. Of course, whichever way you decide to use it, the best way is the way that ensures regular, consistent use, because no gain is made from a product that sits untouched in the cupboard.
Store this product, and all RAW Forest Foods products, in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and moisture. Try and use in a timely manner after opening the package.
For those customers who prefer to rotate their pro-androgenic and tonic herbs, we suggest a schedule of five days on and two days off, or four weeks on and one week off.
Before starting any new medicinal herbs or nutritional supplements (from our company or otherwise), customers should consult with their qualified healthcare practitioner. This not because we question the safety of our products, but because we believe in the strength of our products and that plants have a medicinal, therapeutic potential.
This product is not for use by those under the age of 18, who are pregnant or nursing, or who are allergic or adverse to any of the ingredients contained within.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please view our full Terms and Conditions.
Ever since I started using the Raw Lion's Mane and Pine Pollen Tablets, I have felt more energized, restored, and balanced. I feel that the tablets are deeply nourishing and are helping to correcting any imbalances in my body. All this, while simultaneously working to rebuild my organs to work more optimally. I also enjoy the fact that they are raw and chewable tablets. The taste is lovely and satisfying! Overall, I think the product is fantastic and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a potent and nourishing superfood blend to incorporate into their everyday diet.
Been taking about two weeks now and the first thought that comes to mind is that my body doesn't hurt. I'm 63 years old and have bad back along with other physical problems. But now I feel good and move my body and feel good. Along with feeling good I wake up fresh and have the mental energy to take on the day. Us to wake up and mess around getting ready for work, now I'm up and work out before work. Great combination that works really well.
The tablets are a convenient way to get two potent and effective substances any time. Noticed a mood increase as well as feeling in general more alert and sharp. Pine pollen is always a great addition with the bombardment of different estrogens phyto and xeno, its nice to have something to balance that with, as well as the natural "nootropic" benefit of Lion's Mane