Never f*ck with a hippopotamus. They’re aggressive, have sharp teeth, and stomp more than 500 people a year in Africa, making them the world’s largest land mammal killer. More importantly, though, you should never f*ck with your hippocampus — the part of your brain responsible for forming new memories and learning. When you make bad decisions like drinking a Four Loko, or watching an entire season of Tiger King in one sitting, it can damage the hippocampus. Lion’s mane is here to help.
This lion's mane is a bit different than what you would find at Joe Exotic's. For one, our lion's mane is a mushroom. Oh, and it's grown in California, vegan, gluten-free, organic, non-gmo, and whole 30 approved while we're on the subject. Mud seeks to support mental and physical performance and in this case, lion's mane was added for the ol' noggin.
Lion’s mane grows on dead and dying hardwood through North America. It is a white shaggy mushroom that looks like a mass of brain neurons, which lumps it in with a growing number of foods that are anatomically shaped like the part of the body that they support. Walnuts contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function. Celery contains silicon, which is part of the molecular structure that gives bones their strength. Grapefruits are high in limonoids, which inhibit the development of breast cancer. Cucumbers … you get the idea.
Mycologist, Paul Stamets once said, “mycelium is the neurological network of nature.” Next time you’re walking through the forest, bring a thermos of Mud\Wtr. As you stand beneath the canopy of trees that stretch their branches towards the sky and roots deep below your feet, remove your shoes and dig your toes into the dirt. Take a deep breath and imagine the root systems beneath you, connected by a mycelial network that is transferring nutrients from one tree to another. Then, sip your brew and picture lion’s mane working to connect neurons in your own brain, like the roots below you.