Medicinal Mushrooms and Diabetes – Medicinal Mushrooms Reduce Blood Glucose Levels

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Did you know that you might be able to fight diabetes and prevent heart disease simply by eating everyday oyster mushrooms?  New study provides exciting findings on medicinal mushrooms and diabetes.

Oyster mushrooms (see image) are one of the most common edible mushrooms in the world.  Since research has demonstrated that medicinal mushrooms can provide significant health benefits to people, researchers in the Karunya University, India, decided to find out if these everyday mushrooms could help people as well.

Oyster Mushrooms are also called Pleurotus Ostreatus. While they are less potent than some other medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), Cordyceps, Agarikon, Agaricus Blazei Murill and Coriolus Versicolor, there is growing scientific evidence that even ordinary edible mushrooms such as oyster mushrooms, shiitake and maitake have medicinal properties and could be considered medicinal mushrooms as well.

Oyster medicinal mushrooms and diabetes – a winning combination?

Researchers focused on oyster mushroom’s antidiabetic activity in diabetes induced mice.  Mice were divided into four groups – normal control mice, diabetic control mice, diabetic mice post-treated with a drug called glibenclamide and diabetic mice treated with oyster medicinal mushroom extract.

The results were extremely promising.  Animals treated with the oyster medicinal mushroom extract showed a significant decrease in serum glucose levels.  In other words, their blood sugar levels were reduced.  They also reduced their total cholesterol, triglycerids and LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels, while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol.

The conclusion of the study was obvious.  Consuming oyster mushroom extract produced a significant hypoglycemic effect (lowered blood glucose levels) in diabetic mice.  The study also demonstrated that this medicinal mushroom was able to improve hyperlipidemia and the impaired kidney function in diabetic mice.

Medicinal mushrooms and diabetes – don’t throw away your medicine just yet

If you think that you could cure your diabetes mellitus simply by eating oyster mushrooms, think again.  Medicinal mushrooms and diabetes do have a positive correlation in that mushroom extracts produce fairly significant positive effects in animal studies.  This does not, however, mean that the same applies to humans.

Furthermore, determining the proper dose is challenging. You see, eating oyster mushrooms is different from drinking mushroom extract, which, in turn, is different from eating medicinal mushroom supplements.  The dietary supplement industry uses various inactive ingredients in the production process that may significantly reduce the absorption of active ingredients.

In the foreseeable future, however, medicinal mushrooms could become a generally accepted alternative or complementary treatment to reduce blood sugar levels and help people with diabetes.

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Category: Medicinal Mushrooms and Diabetes

Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22867521

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