Team finds fat-re­duc­ing prop­er­ties in mush­room

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan re­searchers have found that Gan­o­derma lu­cidum, known lo­cally as lingzhi mush­rooms, can pre­vent obe­sity, as well as dis­cov­er­ing a weight-loss gut bac­terium.

The re­sults, achieved by a team led by Lai Hsin-chih, a pro­fes­sor at Chang Gung Univer­sity’s Depart­ment of Med­i­cal Biotech­nol­ogy and Lab­o­ra­tory Science, have been pub­lished in the peer-re­viewed sci­en­tific jour­nal Na­ture Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Lai said ex­per­i­ments were con­ducted on obese pa­tients suf­fer­ing from hy­per­ten­sion, hy­per­lipi­demia and di­a­betes, in which some of them were given a wa­ter ex­tract of Gan­o­derma lu­cidum mycelium for three months.

The pa­tients were di­vided into six groups: A — reg­u­lar diet with­out Gan­o­derma lu­cidum; B — reg­u­lar diet with Gan­o­derma lu­cidum; C — high-fat diet with­out Gan­o­derma lu­cidum; and D, E, F — high-fat diet with dif­fer­ent con­cen­tra­tions of Gan­o­derma lu­cidum.

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