Lion’s Mane for Jiu-Jitsu!
By Cliff Harvey PhD
I’ve been flat out lately, researching and writing towards finishing my doctoral studies. Subsequently, I’ve been burning that candle at both ends a bit and feeling a hit worse for wear for morning BJJ training.
I usually don’t have anything beforehand, as I prefer to train on an empty stomach but, as I’ve been feeling a bit worn-out first thing, I decided to start having a coffee before BJJ. Now, I know what you’re thinking...
“Dude this isn’t freakin’ rocket science…everyone knows that coffee’s a proven performance enhancer…” But, you know what? It didn’t really do much. You see, I’d find that to give myself enough of a boost to wake up, I’d have to have a really strong coffee, and
But, you know what? It didn’t really do much. You see, I’d find that to give myself enough of a boost to wake up, I’d have to have a really strong coffee, and
You see, I find that to give myself enough of a boost to wake up, I’d have to have a really strong coffee, and while I love coffee for working during the day, I’ve never really felt that extra level of stimulation works that well for me for training. I can benefit sometimes but just as easily I can feel a little too wired and I end up ‘gassing’ sooner..rather than later (not ideal!)
But just lately I tried Four Sigmatic Lion’s Mane Coffee before training.
I LOVED this stuff for researching and writing but honestly, it was perhaps even better for improving clarity, focus, flow and endurance for rolling too!
I can see why best-selling author, renowned ‘Lifehacker’ (and occasional BJJ player!) Tim Ferriss said this about Lion’s Mane Coffee— “I was on FIRE for the entire day…”
So what’s Lion’s Mane anyway?
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a mushroom native to North America, Europe, and Asia. As well as looking freaky-cool, it also being studied extensively and shows a range of health and performance benefits.
Boosting physical performance
Lion’s Mane can improve your physical performance by reducing fatigue, as well as increasing tissue glycogen content (stored carbohydrate fuel in the muscle and liver) and improved antioxidant activity.1 Lion’s Mane also reduces oxidation and inflammation.2, 3
Boosts your brain power and might even help to heal your brain!
Lion’s Mane significantly improves cognitive function (the ability to think and focus well).4 Many martial artists and combat athletes have noted that this results in a greater feeling of ‘flow’ and positive focus for both learning new techniques and for sparring.
Interestingly, Lion’s Mane is being considered as one of the most promising preventative treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.5, 6 It’s also being shown to be effective for treating depression and anxiety, both being significantly reduced after 4 weeks of Lion’s Mane treatment.7
Finally, Lion’s Mane has been shown to increase ‘Nerve Growth Factor’ (NGF)8 which literally helps nerves and brain cells to grow and repair,7, 9-13 and because I’ve been punched in the head a bunch of times…this property is pretty attractive to me!
Metabolism and fuelling
Lion’s Mane could also improve fat burning14 and reduce cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, blood glucose, and triglycerides while increasing HDL (‘good’ cholesterol).15, 16
Lion’s Mane also appears to be a strong liver-protector17 even protecting against Salmonella and alcohol-induced liver damage.18, 19
The Bottom Line
It’s becoming clear that Lion’s Mane is one of the most promising brain and body-boosting supplements around. My athletes and I are all noticing BIG effects from taking it for performance… and it may have a whole host of other amazing health benefits too.
How to use it
Nutrition Store Online, are the exclusive New Zealand distributors of Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffees and Elixirs.