In the quest to understand obesity and discover a cure, researchers have noted that gut microbes play a larger role than thought and an Asian mushroom extract may aid these microbes in the gut.

While gut bacteria is normal and protective of the ill effects of over consumption, scientists are not sure what comes first, the out-of-whack microorganisms or the obesity.

For the study, mice were fed a high fight diet (similar to a common Western diet) to become obese, half of the mice in the study were then given an extract of a 2,000 year old Asian remedy from the mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum (known in China as lingzhi, and in Japan as reishi or mannentake). At the end of the two month study the mice fed the high fat diet only exhibited typical obesity traits like fatty livers and abdominal fat. The mice that received the fatty diet and the extract had much higher levels of gut protecting microbes, normal livers and low inflammation similar to the mice fed a normal chow.

While the mouse study showed much promise human consumption varies greatly, but this is a step in the right direction in the fight against obesity and the myriad of health problems that it can lead too.

Thank you mice for this amazing advancement and click below to learn more.

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