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Marine Pharmacognosy: Are Jellyfish Good For Your Memory, I Forget?

This post is NOT an endorsement of any kind for this product, but the Prevagen commercial cracks me up about the product being made from “JELLYFISH!”  When I heard them promoting the main ingredient is taken from Jellyfish!  I was ROFL! (Rolling On the Floor Laughing)

I envisioned SpongeBob dancing through the Jellyfish fields getting the Jellyfish for the memory supplement.

 Something on the Prevagen website that is hysterical is in the Q and A’s

Are jellyfish harmed in the making of Prevagen?

No. Apoaequorin, originally from the jellyfish, is now grown in a safe and controlled manufacturing process.

Then I thought what other sea life can they make memory supplements from?  Octopodes, Crabs? That’s what I drew in the Cartoon for Mental Health Humor.

We all may know of some of the so-called claimed health benefits from ocean creatures.  So, we may be consuming them in a frying pan (as fish) or gulping them down as pill supplements or drugs derived from some Marine pharmaceutical or nutraceuticals.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (2010), the total catch of the commercial tuna species increased from 162,980 metric tons in 1950 to more than 4.2 million metric tons in 2007 . The nutritional benefits of fish consumption are due to the presence of proteins, unsaturated essential fatty acids, minerals (for example, calcium, iron, selenium and zinc), and vitamins, namely Vitamin A, B3, B6, B12, E and D. Research has also shown that peptides derived from fermented fish following enzymatic treatment may be useful therapeutics for the treatment of many common acute and chronic diseases such as viral infections, hypertension, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Fish collagen may also be used in bone treatment as an alternative to mammalian collagen which is known to be immunogenica. ~ Marine-Based Nutraceuticals: An Innovative Trend in the Food and Supplement Industries.

Marine pharmacognosy is big business! The demand for supplements and nutraceuticals could reach around $385 BILLION by 2020.  This is a market that is not heavily regulated by the way.  And sea creatures are in EVERYTHING. So while I enjoy taking my Krill oil supplement not cause I think it’s working. Nope, it’s cause I don’t burp up that nasty fishy aftertaste burps later.  And I don’t smell like fish taking krill.  Does it do the other stuff? I hope so.

But, my Mother always told me taking my fish oil, and Krill was the next best thing.


I say that above because…Check out this real-time update.


So, I drew this cartoon a few months ago, and just finished it with this post.  Then what did I read? Prevagen is under investigation by the FTC.

It wasn’t long after that I found out JellyFish might be a hoax, see the scandal: Jellyfish Memory Supplement Prevagen Is a Hoax, FTC Says

The Federal Trade Commission and New York’s attorney general charged a company with fraud on Monday for selling a memory supplement based on a glowing jellyfish protein.

Makers of a product called Prevagen are falsely advertising it as a memory booster, and falsely claiming the product can get into the human brain, the charges claim.


Chato Stewart
Mental Health Humor Blogger

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Suleria, H. A. R., Osborne, S., Masci, P., & Gobe, G. (2015). Marine-Based Nutraceuticals: An Innovative Trend in the Food and Supplement Industries. Marine Drugs, 13(10), 6336–6351.


Marine Pharmacognosy: Are Jellyfish Good For Your Memory, I Forget?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2017). Marine Pharmacognosy: Are Jellyfish Good For Your Memory, I Forget?. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 10, 2018, from


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