by Ward Bond, PhD and Ken Babal, CN
The Lion's Mane Mushroom has been nicknamed the "Gift of God" and for pretty good reasons. This is the brain mushroom. The secret to this amazing medicinal mushroom is it's ability to improve nerve growth factor in the brain.
Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) belongs to a family of proteins that play a part in maintenance, survival and regeneration of neurons during adult life. As we age, NGF declines, resulting in less efficient brain functioning. In mice, its absence leads to a condition resembling Alzheimer's disease.
Nerve Growth Factor has been shown to play a role in a number of diseases, such as coronary atherosclerosis, obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. NGF could also be related to various psychiatric disorders, such as dementia, depression, schizophrenia, autism, Rett syndrome, anorexia and buliminia. NGF has been shown to accelerate wound healing, and there is evidence it could be useful for treating skin and corneal ulcers.
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