Researchers from The University of Queensland have discovered the active compound from an edible mushroom that boosts nerve growth and enhances memory. 

Credit: University of Queensland

“Pre-clinical testing found the lion’s mane mushroom had a significant impact on the growth of brain cells and improving memory."  - Professor Meunier 

Credit: University of Queensland

“Laboratory tests measured the neurotrophic effects of compounds isolated from Hericium erinaceus on cultured brain cells, and surprisingly we found that the active compounds promote neuron projections, extending and connecting to other neurons." - Professor Meunier

Credit: University of Queensland

"Using super-resolution microscopy, we found the mushroom extract and its active components largely increase the size of growth cones, which are particularly important for brain cells to sense their environment and establish new connections with other neurons in the brain," - Professor Meunier

Credit: University of Queensland

“Our idea was to identify bioactive compounds from natural sources that could reach the brain and regulate the growth of neurons, resulting in improved memory formation,”  Dr Martinez-Marmol said.

Credit: University of Queensland

“This important research is unravelling the molecular mechanism of lion’s mane mushroom compounds and their effects on brain function, particularly memory,” - Dr Lee said.

Credit: University of Queensland