Could This Gourmet Delicacy Be the Key to Banishing “Brain Fog”?
Forgetting names isn’t that funny. It’s especially embarrassing when you know the person.
If you find yourself in a state of “brain fog” on a regular basis, it’s time to take steps to improve your memory. Forgetting names, why you went into a room and other common “senior moments” don’t have to be a way of life.
Early research shows a culinary delicacy could be just the brain-booster you need.
A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research shows an edible fungus promotes Neural Growth Factor or NGF’s. These molecules stimulate nerve growth to sharpen your mental clarity so you’re less forgetful.
Your brain is the home of your Central Nervous System which controls your motor skills and your memory. At Central Nervous System, you may as few as 80 billion or up to 120 billion neurons firing at all times. It’s like a busier version of Grand Central Station in your brain.
A healthy brain constantly generates synapses; these “communication centers” are how your brain passes messages throughout your body. Whether you’re walking down a flight of stairs or giving a presentation, your brain and body are constantly in communication.
As you age, you lose nerve cells which can slow down your response time. Forgetting words, walking into a room only to wonder, “why”, these are all indicators your central communication system isn’t running at peak efficiency. 1
It’s not only age that can lead to this brain shrinkage but stress. A Yale study showed stress increases the type of protein that slows down the brain’s ability to regenerate these cells. Plus, stress often leads to sleep disturbances which further reduce your mental clarity. It’s vicious circle.2
You may be able to break this cycle by eating a special type of bearded mushroom that Buddhist monks have consumed for centuries to increase their brain power and focus.
Dr. Hirokazu Kawagishi found the key to the success of this fungus is something called NGF. Neural Growth Function is part of a group of proteins that improves your memory by keeping your synapses functioning well.
The double-blind, placebo controlled study tested the effects of mushroom on the memories of 30 men and women ages 50-80.
They split the participants in two groups. Half took the mushroom in dry form three times a day for 16 weeks while the other half took a placebo. They were under observation for the following four weeks. During the trial, the participants taking the powder showed improved cognitive abilities. 3
The mushroom is called Lion’s Mane or Hericium erinaceus and some say it tastes like lobster if eaten when young. It can be tough to find in American supermarkets. If you do find it you can sauté it with a little butter but don’t overcook it or it can take on a bitter flavor.
Lion’s Mane, so called because of its tendril like “mane”, has two important bioactive components . Called “hericenones” and “erinacines” these elements stimulate neurons and help regenerate brain cells to keep your brain healthy.
Scientists believe Lion’s Mane may also protect against the buildup of amyloid beta which is the substance that forms brain plaque . This plaque blocks communication by filling in the gaps between your nerve endings. When you have a plaque riddled central nervous system your response time can be dulled and you may be more forgetful.
In order to keep your brain highly functioning, you’ll want to prevent this plaque buildup and generate new brain cells. You can increase your exercise, eat more salmon and get enough sleep -all ways to improve your overall health including your brain.
You can also take a supplement like Lion’s Mane. In addition to regenerating brain cells, it also soothes your nerves, increases immunity and reduces inflammation. All of which can help you feel better and stay sharp.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
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