Memory is erm…it’s…erm…what is it again?? Just joking - but wee can all suffer with poor memory from time to time.
It’s not just when wee get into our senior years too, if you are experiencing a particularly stressful period, forming memories can be harder than it seems and usually the 1st thing the mind will let go of in times of extreme stress.
Research into medicinal and functional mushroom shows fantastic evidence that wee can actually halt the decline in memory loss by looking into supplementation with certain mushrooms, one in particular showing massively positive results in this field is Hericium Erinaceus, otherwise and better known as Lion’s Mane mushroom.
Lion's Mane mushrooms contain Hericenones and Erinacines, two compounds that can stimulate the growth of brain cells in lab studies. In theory, this may be beneficial effects on people with brain conditions or those looking to enhance their general cognition.
Supplementing with Lion's Mane can improve memory and cognition. Its compounds stimulate the growth of nerve cells, which is crucial for brain function.
Professor Frederic Meunier, from the Queensland Brain Institute, said his team have identified new active compounds from the Lion's Mane mushroom [Hericium Erinaceus], which can improve brain cell growth and memory, according to pre-clinical trials.
“Pre-clinical testing found the Lion’s Mane mushroom had a significant impact on the growth of brain cells and improving memory."
“Laboratory tests measured the neurotrophic effects of compounds isolated from Hericium Erinaceus on cultured brain cells, and surprisingly we found that the active compounds promote neuron projections, extending and connecting to other neurons."
“Using super-resolution microscopy, we found the mushroom extract and its active components largely increase the size of growth cones, which are particularly important for brain cells to sense their environment and establish new connections with other neurons in the brain.”
In fact, the study’s co-author, UQ’s Dr Ramon Martinez-Marmol, said the discovery may even lead to treatment against neurodegenerative cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
“Our idea was to identify bioactive compounds from natural sources that could reach the brain and regulate the growth of neurons, resulting in improved memory formation,” Dr Martinez-Marmol said.
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