Rita Levi-Montalcini: The Groundbreaking Neurobiologist Behind LYMA’s Tenth Ingredient

Rita Levi-Montalcini identified PEA and created one of the world’s most powerful nutraceuticals.

3 Minute ReadEducation by Jessica Lacey

13.04.22 (Updated 06.03.24)

LYMA would be nothing without scientific endeavor. Scientific discovery and clinical research engineered the world’s most powerful at-home Low-Level Laser Therapy device, the cutting-edge epigenetics of LYMA Skincare and the gold standard, peer-reviewed formula of the LYMA Supplement.

Science continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible and positions LYMA ahead of everything else. This International Women’s Day, we honor the female scientist who inadvertently changed our workouts forever and LYMA Founder Lucy Goff shares her expert advice to take you to the next level.

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Rita Levi-Montalcini and the PEA

Women working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have historically been thin on the ground - or at least, barely visible. Which is why it’s important to recognise how Nobel Prize winning neurobiologist, Rita Levi-Montalcini was integral to medical innovation still impacting our wellbeing today.

A Jewish survivor of the Second World War, Rita Levi-Montalcini led an extraordinary life that saw her turn her every disadvantage into an advantage. In 1952, Rita published her most important work, isolating nerve growth factors from observations of certain cancerous tissues, which cause extremely rapid nerve cell growth.

This crucial research led to Rita Levi-Montalcini winning The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1986 and has helped deepen our current understanding of senile dementia, delayed wound healing, tumor diseases and deformities. Rita passed away in 2012 aged 103; the longest-living Nobel Laureate.

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Rita Levi-Montalcini: the woman who changed the supplement world

It was in the 1990s that Rita Levi-Montalcini identified the endogenous compound palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) aka the Feel Good Molecule. Levi-Montalcini confirmed this compound as a vital modulator of a resident cell of connective tissue, making up part of the immune and neuroimmune systems. Her improved understanding of PEA, and the mast cell, resulted in discoveries about the endocannabinoid system; one of the body’s most complex cell-signaling systems, particularly when it comes to pain.

A fatty acid the body naturally produces, PEA works as a powerful anti-inflammatory, reducing the impact of injury pain. Naturally found in egg yolks and peanuts but almost impossible to get significant amounts to replace it through diet alone, we now know just how fundamental PEA is to our physical recovery.

The power supplement to aid performance

Decades later, the peer-reviewed, patented, version of PEA, Levagen®+, became the 10th ingredient in the groundbreaking LYMA Supplement formula.

A powerful anti-inflammatory, reducing pain and promoting healthy inflammation levels in joints and muscles throughout the body, Levagen®+ is proven to work on recovery by multiple clinical trials. Which is why the LYMA Supplement contains 350mg of Levagen®+, the optimum daily dose identified by published studies. Levagen®+ in LYMA is a powerful ingredient to help you train harder, recover faster and perform better than you ever knew possible. Thanks to one pioneering woman in science, we are all still getting stronger every day.

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Ten powerful doses of inspiration, courtesy of LYMA Founder Lucy Goff

  1. You’re never too old and it’s never too late. I started LYMA at 46 years old.

  2. Forgive your younger self. Believe in your current self. Curate your future self. Your power to begin again is infinite.

  3. Every successful person was once a beginner. Just get started and learn along the way. It’s ok to make mistakes. I started over at 45.

  4. If you’re honest at all times, life will push you on the right path. Be authentic, show up where you want and avoid where you don’t.

  5. Try to have zero filter. Most of your stress is the result of simply not being yourself.

  6. You are not your age, you are your energy. I’ve met 50 year olds who feel 20 and 20 year olds who feel 50. Now is the time to recognise and embrace what’s going to optimize your life.

  7. Having the right circle of people around you will be a huge life upgrade. Stay close to people who want more for you, not more from you.

  8. Pay people compliments as much as you can. If someone you know is inspiring, tell them. If you are proud of someone, let them know.

  9. Time is the only thing you never get back. It’s okay to pause but important to progress. That move you are scared to make might be the one that changes everything.

  10. Manifestation is real. Start speaking positivity into your life. Change the way you think. Change the way you speak. Normalise talking highly about yourself, you’re going to smile more.

No matter who you are, you have the power to change your world and LYMA is here to get you there. Discover all ten incredible ingredients in LYMA’s award-winning Supplement here:



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