Hericium Erinaceus AKA Lion’s Mane is increasingly studied for its neuroprotective effects. Nerve Growth Factors (NGFs), molecules that stimulate neurons, have been discovered in Lion’s Mane.
Studies have found that lion’s mane mushrooms contain two special compounds that can stimulate the growth of brain cells: hericenones and erinacines. Lion’s Mane mushroom and its extracts have also been shown to prevent neuronal damage caused by amyloid-beta plaques, which accumulate in the brain during Alzheimer’s disease.
Research also shows the possibility of Lion’s Mane Mycelium producing antidepressant-like effects.