Do Jellyfish have Brains?
Instead of a brain and central nervous system similar to human beings, a jellyfish brain is non-existent. Instead, jellyfish have a different kind of nervous system that processes sensory information and helps control movement of the jellyfish.
What does a jellyfish have to do with human brain health?
In 1961 a group of researchers from Princeton began studying a specific species of jellyfish called Aequorea victoria, known for their ability to glow in the dark. The researchers discovered the fluid that enabled them to glow was made from a unique protein that would emit light when activated by binding with calcium.
This discovery led to the ability for scientists to track where calcium traveled in our bodies and eventually lead to a 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for Drs. Shimomura, Martin Chalfie, and Roger Y. Tsien, the researchers who originally discovered the jellyfish protein.
Proteins in the Brain
Our brains are filled with protein similar to that which jellyfish have. These proteins are vital to a healthy brain and help to keep our memory sharp. Unfortunately, as we age, the proteins in our brain begin to diminish. That’s where the brain health supplement, Prevagen, can help.
Prevagen – the Jellyfish brain supplement
Through more than 18 years of research, Quincy Bioscience developed Prevagen, a brain health supplement made from the same protein found in the Aequorea victoria jellyfish. The protein from the jellyfish is able to be produced in a scientifically controlled way through the process of fermentation. Jellyfish are not actually used in the manufacturing process of this unique brain health supplement.
If you would like to learn more about Prevagen, please visit our About Prevagen page.
If you are interested in learning how Prevagen has been shown to improve memory, review our research.