Posts Tagged ‘diabetes’

Fungi Alters Gut Bacteria And May Fight Obesity

Reishi Alters Gut Bacteria And Flora For The Better Scientists found ganoderma lucidum fungi reduces body weight in mice Referred to as reishi it has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries Claims to fight allergies, cancer, heart and lung disease and diabetes  Experts in Taiwan hope extract could provide basis for obesity treatment   […]

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Antidiabetic Activities Of Cordyceps militaris Extract

IF YOU FIND THIS ARTICLE HELPFUL SHARE AND HELP OTHERS! Share0 Share 0 Tweet0 Pin0 Abstract Due to substantial morbidity and high complications, diabetes mellitus is considered as the third “killer” in the world. A search for alternative antidiabetic drugs from herbs or fungi is highly demanded. Our present study aims to investigate the antidiabetic […]

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Umami The “Fifth” Taste And The Magical Maitake Mushroom

In Europe and the United States, this mushroom (Grifola frondosa) is commonly called “hen of the woods,” since its frond-like growths resemble the feathers of a fluffed chicken. Maitake is the name I prefer, in a bow to the Japanese who pioneered its cultivation. Maitake mushrooms are known in Japan as “the dancing mushroom.” According to a Japanese legend, a group of Buddhist nuns and woodcutters met on a mountain trail, where they discovered a fruiting of maitake mushrooms emerging from the forest floor. Rejoicing at their discovery of this delicious mushroom, they danced to celebrate. In Italy, this species is known as signorina, or “the unmarried woman.” Today these two common names, bestowed long ago on the opposite sides of the planet, seem especially deserving and perhaps foretelling recent research findings.

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Maitake Mushroom Demonstrated Anticancer Effects In Laboratory Studies

Maitake is a mushroom that traditionally has been used in Japan and China as part of the diet and to treat diabetes and hypertension. Like other medicinal mushrooms, maitake contains a complex sugar called beta-glucan. In laboratory and human studies, maitake extract was able to stimulate various cells and factors in the immune system. Studies in animals show that it slows the growth of certain tumors and lowers blood sugar levels. More studies are being conducted to determine if maitake has the same effects in humans.

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