Team finds fat-reducing properties in mushroom
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.