Lion's Mane and Alzheimer's Disease
Lion's Mane is a type of mushroom that has been suggested to have potential benefits for Alzheimer's disease, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, research on its effects on Alzheimer's disease in humans is limited and more studies are needed to establish its effectiveness.
A few studies have shown that Lion's Mane supplementation may have positive effects on cognitive function and memory in individuals with mild cognitive impairment, a condition that often precedes Alzheimer's disease.
For example, a study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2009 found that consuming Lion's Mane for 16 weeks improved scores on cognitive function tests in individuals with mild cognitive impairment.
In another study, the efficacy of Lion’s Mane supplements for improving cognitive functions was evaluated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel-group comparative study. Participants took the supplements for 12 weeks and were assessed using three cognitive tests: the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), Benton visual retention test, and Standard verbal paired-associate learning test (S-PA). Results showed that oral intake of H. erinaceus significantly improved cognitive functions as measured by the MMSE, suggesting that the various chemical compounds in the mushroom, including hericenones, may have multiple effects on brain neural networks and enhance cognitive functions. The study concludes that oral intake of H. erinaceus is a safe and convenient method for preventing dementia.
It's important to note that these studies are preliminary and more research is needed to determine the effectiveness and safety of Lion's Mane for Alzheimer's disease. Consult with a doctor before taking any new supplement for a medical condition.