Lion’s Mane Mushroom Australia: Buying Guide

Last Updated on June 27, 2022

Lion’s mane mushrooms, also known as Hericium erinaceus, are prized for their medicinal properties and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. They are now gaining popularity in the West as a natural remedy for a variety of health problems, as well as a cognitive booster for focus, mental clarity, and removing brain fog. It is one of the most popular medicinal mushrooms in Australia.

But not all lion’s mane mushroom products in Australia are created equal. It’s important to do your research and find a supplier you can trust before buying this mushroom product. This guide will help learn about where to buy Lion’s Mane in Australia, and our recommendations of supplement products from trusted brands and growers – ensuring you’re getting the highest quality product.

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A lion’s mane fruiting body I purchased from Ramsgate Markets, Ramsgate Beach NSW 2217

What is Lion’s Mane Mushroom?

Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceusis a wood-rotting mushroom that is native to forests in temperate climates across the world.

Lion’s Mane does not have a stem, cap, or any of the features you usually associate with a mushroom. It is a beautifully unique mushroom that is often best described by its less popular common name “the pom-pom mushroom”. Lion’s Mane mushrooms are a unique natural medicine that can help treat and prevent a variety of illnesses. What makes it truly stand out from other medicinal mushrooms/herbs is the way it interacts with your nervous system and enhances brain function. While this is an attractive and potent effect that Lion’s Mane has on our bodies, its therapeutic benefits don’t stop there.

While Lion’s Mane is a great supplement to incorporate into a daily health routine, it is most effective when combined with healthy lifestyle choices. This includes a healthy diet, exercise, and avoiding unhealthy habits. The main health benefits of hericium erinaceus include:

  • Improve cognitive function
  • May help reduce depression and anxiety
  • May help with digestive health
  • May improve immune function

Buying Guide for Lion’s Mane Supplements in Australia

Mycelium vs fruiting bodies

There is ongoing discourse between growers and producers about which is more beneficial – the fruiting body or the mycelium.
The general consensus is that a high quality Lion’s Mane product in Australia should made from the whole fruiting body and if there is mycelium included, that is an added bonus. However, this does not mean mycelium-only products are all bad. Lion’s Mane mycelium contains high quantities of erinacines which can be purified via dual extraction. What we do suggest however is to avoid myceliated grain products that contain high amounts of grain filler. While they are still beneficial, more often than not, the product will need to be consumed at higher doses than pure fruiting-body products. 

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Fruiting Body Must Be The Primary Component

Make sure that primary component of the Lion’s Mane supplement is the mushroom fruiting body. The fruiting body contains high amounts beta-glucans, which improves immunity and gut health.

Avoid products where the primary component is mycelium, mycelial biomass, myceliated brown rice, or any other grains. If mycelium is included, make sure this is the secondary component. Also not all mycelium are equal; Liquid grown mycelium is superior than grain-grown mycelium.

NGF and BDNF

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) has the ability to activate the secretion of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF) directly in the brain. This has a positive effect on the brain cells improving neurogenesis, cognition, memory, mood and aging. This is the core reason why Lion’s Mane is so popular and considered a ‘brain boosting’ supplement.

  • The fruiting body of the mushroom contains Hericenones and Beta-Glucans
  • The mycelium contains Erinacines

Recent research suggests that erinacines (Erinacine A, to be exact) found in mycelium is over 300% more effective than hericenones in inducing Nerve Growth Factor. We look forward to seeing more future studies on this.

While it makes sense to choose a product that contains both the fruiting body and the mycelium, the challenge with this is that many brands that include mycelium don’t state the ratio of fruiting body to mycelium in their products. This is a problem because you could be using a product which is made predominantly of mycelium, rather than the fruiting body. To be safe and sure, we recommend to always look for a Lion’s Mane product that has the fruiting bodies as its main ingredient.

Extraction

Dual extraction

If purchasing a Lion’s Mane Extract, Australians should look for dual-extracted products. Hot water extraction can isolate the Beta-Glucans but cannot isolate the NGF-inducing compounds: Hericenones, Erinacines and Sterols. Alcohol extraction can isolate these NGF-inducing compounds.

Extraction ratios

The extraction ratio only refers to the quantity of raw material consumed in the production of the completed extract eg. 10:1 ratio of 1kg of Lion’s Mane extract would take 10kgs of raw material to make 1kg of extract. This can often mislead consumers and used as a marketing label.

If you are buying a Lion’s Mane extract, understand that higher extraction ratios after a certain point offer no additional benefits and may even cause harm to the extract’s quality. The ideal Lion’s Mane Mushroom extracts will have an 8:1 extraction ratio or less, although most Lion’s Mane extracts marketed as 10:1. Extraction ratios do not imply that an extract is x times more concentrated than a 1:1 extract. This isn’t correct. The potency of an extract is not measured by an extraction ratio, rather determined by the standardisation (percentage of bioactive compounds present) eg. beta-glucans.

Beta-glucan content

Look for beta-glucan content on the label of of the product packaging. The higher the beta-glucan amount the better! This is a strong indicator of the nutritional data guaranteed from the Lion’s Mane mushroom. Do not look at the polysaccharide amount. Polysaccharide amount is not a clear indicator of quality, as starch, grain fillers, and other non beneficial components can increase the polysaccharide content. 

If the label contains both polysaccharide content and beta-glucan content, the total quantity of polysaccharides should not exceed the Beta-Glucan content by more than 5%. The lower, the better. Polysaccharides in excessive amounts can be an indication of fraud, especially when the Beta-Glucan amount is not stated. This is the most frequent method for producers to mislead or scam customers into buying low-quality Lion’s Mane extracts. For extracts, the flavour and appearance will be a telltale sign; extracts with added starch tend to be sweeter in taste and lighter in colour than high-quality double extracts.

Australian grown Lion’s Mane vs Chinese imported

There is frequent discourse about the quality of health foods and supplements coming from China. Some areas of China have high rates of air pollution which can negatively affect the quality of soil with unwanted pollutants and heavy-metals. But this does NOT mean Chinese mushroom products are bad.
China has been using mushroom-based medicine for thousands of years, long before it became popular in the west. China is the largest producer of medicinal mushrooms in the world. 

With decades of research and usage, China produces some of the most potent medicinal mushroom products on the market, and also has some of the most sophisticated extraction labs in the world. According to Dr Noel, Lion’s Mane is currently illegal to be grown in Australia. If you see “Australian-grown Lion’s Mane” it is likely a similar species, but it is not the Hericium erinaceus which is the species that most studies are done on.

Organic

Look for Lion’s Mane supplements that are certified organic. This ensures that your products do not contain herbicides, fungicides or pesticides and other harmful chemicals that slowly poisons the body and creates deficiencies in your immune system and intolerances. Look for the widely recognised stamp of quality and integrity of the Australian Certified Organic logo on the packaging.

Certificate of analysis

If unsure, ask the producer for a third party Certificate of Analysis (COA). A Certificate of Analysis from a third party lab is important to identify the beneficial compounds (eg. beta-glucans, triterpenes, ergosterol)  in the Lion’s Mane product, as well as to avoid heavy metals and other foreign contaminants. Heavy metals that are typically tested for range from arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. Quality Australian sellers should be able to provide this upon request, or better yet, publicly display this on their website.

Lion’s Mane mushroom products available for purchase Australia

Lion’s Mane powder

Dried Powders are made from pulverizing the 100% fruiting body. Lion’s Mane Powders are often called ‘full-spectrum’ as you get the ‘full entourage effect’ of consuming the entire mushroom and therefore getting all the nutritional benefits as a whole-food. There are some claims that some powders are not effective because the Chitin (a polysaccharide found in the cell-wall) is hard to digest in the human stomach. We have found that some Australian producers have solved this problem by heating the mushrooms prior to powdering, making the it bioavailable and easily digestible – incredible!

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Lion’s Mane extract

Lions Mane extract contains the individual medicinal compounds of Lion’s Mane without the biomass. This is done via an extraction process with hot water and/or alcohol and solvents (dual extraction). This makes small doses of Lion’s Mane highly potent, extremely compact, and have a longer shelf life. With an extract, however, you don’t receive the full benefit of the consuming the mushroom as a whole food which can exclude some beneficial components.

There are two different types of extracts available in Australia:

  1. Lion’s Mane Tinctures – Tinctures are liquid extracts that most often use water and alcohol solvents. They are a convenient method of consuming Lion’s Mane.
  2. Lion’s Mane Powdered Extracts – Powdered extracts are the dry powdered result of extracting the individual medicinal compounds from the Lion’s Mane mushroom. Powdered extracts can be extracted from both the fruiting body and/or the mycelium.

Lion’s Mane capsules

Capsules and Tablets are usually either filled with mushroom powders or extracts. They are the most convenient way to dose and consume Lion’s Mane. Buying capsules are in growing demand in Australia as they are an easy option for those already regularly taking supplements or other medications in this form.

Lion’s Mane coffee and tea

Lion’s Mane can be incorporated into hot drinks such as coffee and tea. The big benefit these products have is that they are easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Lion’s Mane Tea can be purchased as tea bags containing both Lion’s Mane powder and dried tea herbs; leaves. Lion’s Mane Coffee products are sold as ground coffee beans mixed with Lion’s Mane powder.

Fresh Lion’s Mane mushrooms

Fresh Lion’s Mane Mushrooms are trending in popularity due to surge of interest in their supplement counterpart. Australian farmers growing Lion’s Mane Mushrooms as part of their commercial mushroom range is an exciting offering to the industry. Fresh Lion’s Mane Mushroom fruiting bodies can be purchased at the following locations in Sydney.

Lion’s Mane fruiting bodies at Orange Grove Markets, Lilyfield NSW
Fresh Lion’s Mane fruiting bodies from Harris Farm, Leichardt NSW

Our top 3 picks for the best Lion’s Mane producers in Australia

Before buying from these companies, we strongly advise that you reading our buying guide above on how to purchase the best Lion’s mane products. Our main goal here at WorldMushroomSociety.com is for consumers to choose the best medicinal mushroom products to get the full health benefits for themselves and their families.
Our top 3 picks for the best Lion’s Mane supplements in Australia are from the following producers.

  1. Dr Noel’s Lion’s Mane
  2. Teelixir Lion’s Mane
  3. SuperFeast Lion’s Mane

1. Dr Noel’s Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder

  • Product: Concentrated Lion’s Mane Powder
  • Ingredients: 100% Pure Organic Lion’s Mane (Hericum Erinaceus) mushroom powder
  • Polysaccharides: ≥ 15%
  • Beta Glucans: ≥ 10%
  • Other active compounds mentioned: Hericenones ≥ 0.5%
  • Non GMO: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Australian owned and operated: Yes
  • Country + Location Grown: Gutian, Fujian Province, China
  • Price: $59.95 AUD
  • Number of servings: 80
  • Contains Mycelium or Grain? No
  • Contains Fruiting Bodies?:Yes
  • Serving suggestion or serving size: Mix 1/4-1/2 tsp (1g) into hot or cold beverage or dish. Can be used multiple times daily for best results.

Pros

  • Australian owned and operated
  • Company founded by Dr. Arnold Noel and Xingli Wang – with over 50 years of experience in medicinal mushrooms and 30 years experience in the organic food industry
  • Contains 100% mushroom fruiting bodies
  • Mushrooms have been preheated before pulverisation to powder to be more bioavailable
  • Does not contain any grain filler
  • High beta-glucan amount specified on the label
  • Hericenones amount specified on the label
  • 100% Organic, non GMO, Di Tao sourced
  • Certificate of Analysis report provided on request
  • Free shipping on all orders over $70
  • 14 day customer satisfaction guarantee – refund on orders within the first 14 days of receiving the product if you are not happy with their products

Cons

  • Requires vigorous mixing to dissolve in liquids
  • Only available as a powder. It would be great to see this as an extract or in capsule form for convenience

2. Teelixir Lion’s Mane Extract Powder

  • Product: Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Dual Extract Powder)
  • Ingredients: Wild cultivated and 100% wood-grown Lion’s Mane mushroom Hericium erinaceus fruiting body
  • Extraction Method: Dual Extraction
  • Polysaccharides: >2%
  • Beta Glucans: >8%
  • Non GMO: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Australian owned and operated: Yes
  • Country + Location Grown: Heilongjiang province, China
  • Price:
    $30.99  AUD for 50 g (1.8 oz)
    $51.99 AUD for 100 g (3.5 oz)
    $189 AUD for 500 g (1.1 lb)
    $346 AUD for 500 g (1.1 lb)
  • Number of servings: 30 servings per 50 g (1.8 oz)
  • Contains Mycelium or Grain? No
  • Contains Fruiting Bodies? Yes
  • Serving suggestion or serving size: Start with 1/4 – 1/2 tsp (1.6g) per day.

Pros

  • Extracted from mushroom fruiting bodies
  • Dual-extracted for increased bioavailability
  • Does not contain any grain filler
  • Low heavy metals verified
  • Beta-glucan amount specified on the label
  • 100% Australian Certified Organic (ACO), non GMO, Di Tao sourced
  • CarbonClick partnership to reduce carbon emissions
  • In 2019, the company won an award for Certified Organic Non-Alcohol Product of the Year for their Mushroom Cacao Latte
  • Free shipping on all orders over $60
  • Money back guarantee if you are not happy with their products. Teelixir states that you will get a 100% full refund and you get to keep the product – no questions asked.

Cons

  • Only available as a powder. It would be great to see this as a Lion’s Mane capsule form for convenience

3. SuperFeast Lion’s Mane Extract Powder

  • Product: Lion’s Mane Powder
  • Ingredients: Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s mane) from dry mushroom fruiting body 
  • Extraction Method & Extraction Ratio: spray-drying using the Hou Huo technique through adjusted heat, menstruum, & length of time, 10:1 water extract powder
  • Polysaccharides: Not specified
  • Beta Glucans: Not specified
  • Non GMO: Yes
  • Organic: No
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Australian owned and operated: Yes
  • Country + Location Grown: Zhejiang and Heilongjiang region
  • Price:
    $65.00 AUD for 100g
    $109 AUD for 250g
  • $342 AUD for 1kg
  • Contains Mycelium or Grain? No
  • Contains Fruiting Bodies? Yes
  • Serving suggestion or serving size: Start with ¼ – ½ tsp daily.

Pros

  • Contains 100% mushroom fruiting bodies
  • Strong emphasis on authentic Di Tao sourcing and Daoist philosophy for all their tonic herbs
  • Hot water extracted for bioavailability
  • Independently tested for metals, pesticides, molds, and microbials at TGA accredited facilities.
  • Does not contain any grain filler
  • SuperFeast has donated over $50,000 as of October 2021 and are working towards a goal of donating 2% of all revenue to land care and indigenous charities
  • Free shipping over $80
  • Refund within 30 days of purchase if you are not satisfied with your product

Cons

  • Beta-glucan amount currently not specified on the label
  • Not organic

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Lion’s Mane Mushroom Legal in Australia? 

Yes, Lion’s Mane is legal for purchase and consumption in Australia. All Lion’s Mane supplements and medicinal mushroom products must be registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia (TGA).

Can lion’s mane be purchased from my doctor?

Although Lion’s Mane is considered a Medicinal Mushroom, you cannot buy it from your doctor. You also do not need a prescription for it. It is considered a complementary medicine, that can be purchased online or in stores. You may however be able to purchase dried Lion’s Mane mushrooms from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner.

In Australia, medicinal products containing such ingredients as certain herbs, vitamins and minerals, nutritional supplements, homeopathic medicines and aromatherapy products are referred to as ‘complementary medicines’ and are regulated as medicines by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act) and the supporting Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990. Learn more here.

Can lion’s mane be purchased from a naturopath?

Yes, many Australian naturopaths sell Lion’s Mane supplements as part of their treatment for various illnesses.

Does Chemist Warehouse sell lion’s mane?

Chemist Warehouse does not currently sell any Lion’s Mane Mushrooms products in Australia.

How much does lion’s mane mushrooms cost in Australia?

The price of Lion’s Mane in Australia can vary, depending on the product type and producer.
Fresh Lion’s Mane bought at farmers markets and supermarkets can cost up to $50/kg AUD.
Lion’s Mane Extracts, powders and capsules can range from $25 per product to over $100.

Health benefits of Lion’s Mane

Lion’s Mane is associated with benefits to cognitive improvement, prevention or reduction of symptoms of dementia, encouragement of neural growth (neurogenesis), healing of nerve damage, and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. These properties derive from the compounds called hericenones and erinacines that stimulate the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and regeneration of the myelin sheets of the nerves. 

Additionally, like almost all other medicinal mushrooms, the Lion’s Mane contains high levels of beta-glucans – a compound found in fungi that supports the immune system to fight bacterial infections.

Apart from the cognitive improvement, many Australians consume Lion’s Mane mushroom for their anti-inflammation properties, improvements in the digestive tract, possible reduction risks of heart diseases, and helping in battling depression and anxiety. 

The following list presents scientific articles that confirm the various health benefits that occurred during experimentation with Lion’s Mane mushroom:

Additionally, the anti-inflammatory properties of the mushroom may contribute to the reduction of the severity of some chronic aches like migraines.

Conclusion

We hope this guide has educated you about buying lion’s mane in Australia. We recommend checking out the producers we’ve listed above with the knowledge you now have. Happy buying!

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