Hericium (Hericium erinaceus) is rich in erinacines, molecules that promote digestion. These substances stimulate the glands in the stomach mucosa to produce protective mucus and a normal level of acidity (Shang et al., 2013).
Important studies by Dr. Wong and other researchers of the University of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) have demonstrated the regeneration processes of nervous tissue, thanks to the action of Hericium on the Nerve Growth Factor present in each neuron (Wong et al., 2012 and 2014; Thongbai et al., 2015).
Hericium has been used for a long time in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat diseases of the stomach, nervous system and nerves, as well as to strengthen energy and mental functions, to improve the immune system and restore the body's natural strength. Not only that, to highlight its benefits on physical and cognitive activities, the ancient sages coined the saying "Hericium nerves of steel and the memory of a lion".
Its fame has certainly not waned over the years: its healing properties are so strong as to have aroused the interest of many modern scientists.
Hericium (Hericium erinaceus) is a saprophytic lignicolous mushroom which grows on the wood of old oak trees and other broad-leaved trees. It is found in Asia, Europe, North America and also in Italy.
Hericium is an edible mushroom and thanks to its excellent flavour, it is widely used and appreciated in cooking.
In Hericium there are several active ingredients, in particular: