Therapeutic potential of Hericium erinaceus for depressive disorders. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Therapeutic Potential offor Depressive Disorder.
Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Dec 25 ;21(1). Epub 2019 Dec 25. PMID: 31881712
Pit Shan Chong
Depression is a common and severe neuropsychiatric disorder that is one of the leading causes of global disease burden. Although various anti-depressants are currently available, their efficacies are barely adequate and many have side effects.also known as Lion's mane mushroom, has been shown to have various health benefits, including antioxidative, antidiabetic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antihyperglycemic, and hypolipidemic effects. It has been used to treat cognitive impairment, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Bioactive compounds extracted from the mycelia and fruiting bodies ofhave been found to promote the expression of neurotrophic factors that are associated with cell proliferation such as nerve growth factors. Although antidepressant effects ofhave not been validated and compared to the conventional antidepressants, based on the neurotrophic and neurogenic pathophysiology of depression,may be a potential alternative medicine for the treatment of depression. This article critically reviews the current literature on the potential benefits ofas a treatment for depressive disorder as well as its mechanisms underlying the antidepressant-like activities.