Scientists studied the effects of a type of mushroom called Hericium Erinaceus, commonly referred to as Lion’s Mane Mushroom on various health problems. The mushroom is special because it has substances that help the growth of nerve cells. They wanted to see if it could help with menopause, depression, sleep, and other issues.
30 women were randomly chosen to eat cookies with the mushroom or fake cookies for 4 weeks. The women who ate the mushroom cookies felt less depressed and less anxious. These results show that the mushroom might help with mental health, but the scientists aren’t sure how it works yet.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Lion’s Mane Mushroom or Hericium Erinaceus is a type of edible mushroom that is known for its biological properties. It has unique compounds, such as hericenones and erinacines, which have been shown to stimulate the production of a protein called nerve growth factor (NGF). This has led scientists to believe that the mushroom may have potential benefits for the brain and nervous system. Further studies are needed to fully understand the effects of Hericium Erinaceus on human health.
What are hericenones and erinacines?
Hericenones are a type of compounds found in medicinal mushrooms, including reishi and lion’s mane, that have been shown to have cognitive and nerve-protective benefits in preclinical studies.
Erinacines are compounds found in the herb Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane mushroom), which have been shown to have neuroprotective and nerve growth-stimulating properties in preclinical studies.