Top 14 Facts About Jellyfish Protein for the Brain

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Fact #1- Jellyfish Protein Has Been Used In Supplements Since the 1960s

It was way back in 1962 that apoaequorin was discovered. What the heck is apoaequorin? Great question! It’s a particular protein that can be harvested from the crystal jellyfish (Aequorea Victoria). What’s interesting about this protein, besides the fact that it’s (possibly) good for your brain, is that it creates a strikingly beautiful blue light when exposed to calcium.

Fact #2- Scientists Believe that Dementia May Be Caused by Calcium

Calcium is a necessary and essential mineral that humans need to have strong bones and teeth. (You’ve no doubt heard that ad infinitum during your entire life.) Alarmingly, scientists believe that calcium deposits possibly cause dementia in the elderly in the brain. That includes people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease as well.

Fact #3- Jellyfish Protein Binds To Calcium

Surmising that calcium deposits in the brain can contribute to dementia, scientists started experimenting with jellyfish protein in the ’60s. They now believe that it can bind to the calcium deposits in the brain and flush them out. What this does (so they say) is to improve the millions of electrical signals passed back-and-forth between nerve cells every second.

Fact #4- Apoaequorin Is Similar To Other Calcium Binding Proteins

When brain tissue begins to calcify, problems with memory, concentration, focus, and other brain activities fail. There are several calcium-binding proteins in the human body, including calretinin and parvalbumin. These proteins are there to protect the brain, but, as we get polder can begin to fail. 

Scientists believe that apoaequorin has a very similar structure to these calcium-binding proteins. When taken as a supplement, they say that it can improve the brain’s regulation of calcium. Even more promising is that they believe it can prevent and possibly even reverse brain tissue calcification. 

Fact #5- Theoretically, Apoaequorin Can Treat Several Brain-Related Health Problems

While not saying that it works 100%, researchers believe that jellyfish protein can theoretically be used to treat and prevent several different brain-related health problems. Some of the worst of them include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Creutzfeldt Jacob disease (aka mad cow disease).
  • Vascular dementia.
  • Age-associated dementia.
  • Warnicke Korsakoff syndrome (aka alcohol dementia).
  • Chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction.
  • Parkinson’s disease dementia.

Fact #6- A Study Found Positive Results From Taking Jellyfish Protein 

In 2016 the journal Advances in Mind-Body Medicine performed a study of 218 adults. All of them, between 40 and 91, had reported memory problems before the study. (The aptly named and now infamous Madison Memory Study.)

During the study, all participants were given daily tests on computers to determine their recall, memory, and verbal learning. The researchers concluded that supplementing with apoaequorin was effective. In their own words, they said that it “was effective in addressing declines in cognitive function associated with aging.” 

Fact #7- The Makers of Prevagen Have Been Sued (Twice) By the Federal Government

If you want to take jellyfish protein as a supplement to help your brain, one of the few choices you have is a supplement called Prevagen. Not surprisingly, the main ingredient of Prevagen is jellyfish protein. More surprising is that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued Prevagen maker Quincy Bioscience twice for misleading advertisements and false claims. However, one thing to keep in mind is that Prevagen is made with synthetic apoaequorin, which could have something to do with its inability to deliver the promised results.

Fact #8- Jellyfish Protein Does Cause Mild Side Effects

Even though it’s been around for over 50 years, scientists still don’t know the long-term effects of taking jellyfish protein. However, it’s been shown to cause headaches, anxiety, dizziness, and even, ironically, memory problems in the short term. Some people who take jellyfish protein also find that they suffer from nausea and vomiting.

Fact #9- Apoaequorin Is Thought To Be Neuroprotective

Anything that helps protect the brain prevents dementia and keeps neurons firing is deemed to be neuroprotective. (A long word that simply means anything that can protect the brain from harm.) As such, jellyfish protein should, in theory, effectively treat neurodegenerative diseases like the aforementioned Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Fact #10- The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Has Seen Positive Results When Testing Jellyfish Protein

They’ve experimented with jellyfish protein at the University of Wisconsin for several years and have performed several exciting studies. In one of them, they subjected rat brain cells to the equivalent of having a stroke. Over 50% of the rats treated with jellyfish proteins survived, and, even more promising, they had no residual toxicity.

Fact #11- Calcium Is Great (Until It’s Not)

We mentioned earlier that, for neurons to communicate in your brain, calcium is vitally necessary. When everything is functioning correctly, and the correct amount of calcium is being utilized, learning, memory, and other brain functions go on like normal. However, if your brain has too much calcium, it can significantly interfere with your memory, cause neuron death, and, scientists believe, cause neurodegenerative diseases like dementia.

Fact #12- Three Scientists Who Researched Jellyfish Protein Were Given the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The crystal jellyfish is a fantastic creature that has the ability to create fluorescent light, as well as the already mentioned apoaequorin. The way they light up is via a substance called green fluorescent protein (GFP), and it’s pretty darn impressive. It’s so unique that, in 2008, the three scientists who discovered it were given the Nobel Prize in chemistry. 

Fact #13- The Jellyfish Protein Industry Rakes in $3.2 Billion a Year

We mentioned earlier that 70 million baby boomers are getting older and seeing a drastic reduction in their cognitive abilities. That has led to an incredible rise in brain supplements, including supplements that contain jellyfish protein. As a matter of fact, the industry is now over $3 billion strong. Sadly, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States is behind this incredible boom in brain-boosting supplements. Millions of people are searching for an answer and, finding a lack of hard evidence, are willing to take a chance with jellyfish protein products even though they aren’t 100% proven.

Fact #14- Supplements Don’t Undergo Rigorous Testing As Food Does

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently released a viewpoint article entitled “The Rise of Pseudo-medicine for Dementia and Brain Health.” In it, three prominent neurologists discuss the unfortunate lack of science behind the massive brain supplementation industry. They also mention that there are three things the public needs to know about dietary supplements that are touted as preventing dementia, including:

  1. Supplements do not have to undergo the rigorous FDA testing that drugs go through for safety.
  2. As of today, no supplement can prevent the cognitive decline that is seen and dementia patients.
  3. Many research ‘studies’ are nothing of the sort, but instead bogus and filled with ‘junk science.’

In Conclusion

Does jellyfish protein protect your brain, boost your memory, improve concentration, and provide all of the other benefits supplement manufacturers promise? Frankly, the jury is still very much out on the definitive answer to this question. As with most supplements, there isn’t a good way to tell if the results are ‘real’ or ‘fake’ and just claimed to make a profit. 

In other words, if you’re going to try biohacking your brain with jellyfish protein, do so with caution. There is no evidence showing that jellyfish protein is harmful to your health, but, frankly, it may be harmful to your wallet

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