Hericium erinaceus, (the main ingredient of Mycobrain) also known as Lion's Mane mushroom, has been found to have several potential neuroprotective benefits, some of which are supported by scientific research. Here are a few examples of studies that have investigated the neuroprotective effects of Hericium erinaceus:
Improved Cognitive Function: In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 30 older adults with mild cognitive impairment, daily supplementation with Hericium erinaceus for 16 weeks was found to significantly improve cognitive function compared to the placebo group. The researchers suggested that the cognitive benefits may be due to the mushroom's ability to stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF) production in the brain. (Mori et al., 2009)
Nerve Regeneration: Another study conducted on rats found that Hericium erinaceus extract promoted nerve regeneration in the sciatic nerve. The researchers suggested that the mushroom's ability to promote nerve growth may be due to the presence of bioactive compounds such as erinacines and hericenones. (Wong et al., 2017)
Antioxidant Activity: Hericium erinaceus has also been found to have potent antioxidant properties, which may help protect the brain from oxidative stress and damage. In one study, Hericium erinaceus extract was found to reduce oxidative stress and improve cognitive function in rats with induced Alzheimer's disease. (Zhang et al., 2018)
Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to a number of neurodegenerative disorders. Hericium erinaceus has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help protect the brain from inflammation-related damage. In a study conducted on mice, Hericium erinaceus extract was found to reduce inflammation and improve cognitive function. (Liu et al., 2021)
These are just a few examples of the potential neuroprotective benefits of Hericium erinaceus. These studies suggest that Hericium erinaceus may have promising applications for protecting and improving cognitive function. Consider using Mycobrain or Mycobrain Prime in your neuroprotective health protocols.