A Simple Step To Improve Memory With An Herbal Remedy
(Note: This is a sponsored post from Liberty Tree)
Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that so many families are experiencing across the world. They’re holding onto hope that research will develop and solutions will emerge. Thankfully, there seems to be one herbal remedy that maybe just one solution to counteract this progressive disease.
Someone in the world develops dementia every 3 seconds. There are over 55 million people worldwide living with dementia in 2020. This number will almost double every 20 years, reaching 78 million in 2030 and 139 million in 2050. Much of the increase will be in developing countries. Already 60% of people with dementia live in low and middle-income countries, but by 2050 this will rise to 71% (1).
Lion’s mane mushrooms are edible fungi with a shaggy appearance that resembles a lion’s mane. They can be eaten raw or cooked but are also available dried in whole or powdered form. Some people add lion’s mane powder to tea, coffee, or smoothies. In addition, lion’s mane is also available in capsules or tinctures (2). They contain bioactive substances that have many beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain, heart, and gut (3).
The brain’s ability to grow and form new connections typically declines with age, which may explain why mental functioning worsens in many older adults (3).
Studies have found that lion’s mane mushrooms contain two special compounds that can stimulate the growth of brain cells: hericenones and erinacines (3).
Lion’s mane may prove to be helpful in the treatment and/or prevention of Alzheimer’s disease due to its neurotropic effects. Not only does it induce the expression of NGF (nerve growth factor) which promotes nerve growth but it also contains erinacines. Erinacines enhance NGF as well, but what’s really interesting is that they reduce something called amyloid-beta which exists in clumps called plaques within diseased brain tissue. These amyloid-B plaques usually result from inflammation of the brain and go on to trigger other proteins like tau to become pathogenic as well. Without overcomplicating it, essentially lion’s mane has properties that help support nerve health and the brain in general. In addition, because it’s a natural treatment source it has a lot fewer side effects compared to other current pharmacological interventions (4).
- “Adi – Dementia Statistics.”Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), https://www.alzint.org/about/dementia-facts-figures/dementia-statistics/.
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom May Boost Memory by Enhancing Nerve Growth. https://healthnews.com/news/study-suggests-lions-mane-mushroom-may-boost-memory-by-enhancing-nerve-growth/.
- Julson, Erica. “9 Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom (plus Side Effects).”Healthline, Healthline Media, 7 Feb. 2023, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/lions-mane-mushroom.
- Eversio Wellness. “Lion’s Mane Mushroom and Alzheimer’s Disease.”Eversio Wellness, Eversio Wellness, 5 Nov. 2021, https://www.eversiowellness.com/blogs/news/lion-s-mane-mushroom-and-alzheimer-s-disease.