Could This Ancient Fungus Replace Anxiety Pharmaceuticals?

Deep in the forest, there has been a fungi known for thousands of years to help with mental diseases, illnesses, and anything to do with the brain. All this time it has been hiding under our noses. But finally, More scientific studies are being published to support the medical claims and benefits of "Hericium Erinaceus". It may not only help with Anxiety, but also other mental dysfunctions such as Depression, PTSD, Insomnia, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Brain Fog, and more. How does it do this?Hericium Erinaceus does something no other fungi is known to do: stimulate the production of the protein Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). "NGF" is critical to healthy development, but it also keeps nerve cells healthy and can even repair nerve damage. The traditional problem with using NFG therapeutically is that it cant simply be given to a patient in a pill or an injection because NGF is too large of a molecule to pass through the blood-brain-barrier so it doesnt reach the central nervous system. It has to be made in the brain. Researchers have tried working around this using gene therapy but certain foods, like Hericium Erinaceus, can affect enzymes that lead to increased NGF secretion. Ultimately, this may result in Hericium Erinaceus being used as a supplemental therapy in treating peripheral nerve damage, eye problems, and even Alzheimers.

According to Jiang S, Wang S, Sun Y, and Zhang Q from the College of Life Science, Anhui Science and Technology University, "Hericium erinaceus has edible values and medicinal properties. Both the mycelium and the fruiting bodies contain many bioactive compounds with drug efficacy. Recent evidence demonstrates that it is helpful to various diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, immunoregulatory, and many types of cancer. Furthermore, emerging pieces of evidence have shown that different active molecules in H. erinaceus have different functions on different organs in different diseases via the different mechanisms. Drawing on current research results, this review mainly focuses on the therapeutic effects of H. erinaceus on various diseases of multiple physiological systems, including the nervous system, digestive system, circulatory system, and immune system. This paper also discusses systematically the efficient protection of H. erinaceus against the diseases from the intricate experimental proofs by using the systematic viewpoints, which provides a framework for future research directions." 

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