Lion’s Mane (hericium) in the news

For those who are interested to learn more of the health benefits of mushrooms, here’s a re-printed article from the Mushroom Growers’ Newsletter highlighting recent research.

Lion’s Mane Effect on the Brain

On February 10, the University of Queensland announced that its researchers have discovered the active compound from lion’s mane that boosts nerve growth and enhances memory. Professor Frederic Meunier from the Queensland Brain Institute said: “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.” Dr. Dae Hee Lee from CNGBio Co, which has supported and collaborated on the research project, said, “This important research is unraveling the molecular mechanism of lion’s mane mushroom compounds and their effects on brain function, particularly memory.” The study was published in the Journal of Neurochemistry. The study report is available free at:
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