Freeze-Dried Mushroom Powder Could Lower Blood Sugar

A little fungus powder might help lower blood sugar levels after a meal, according to new research.

A freeze-dried concoction of Pleurotus ostreatus and Pleurotus cystidiosus, two mushroom species, was found to influence a key enzyme that detects glucose levels.

A study with 88 healthy volunteers and 14 type-2 diabetics showed the mushroom extracts reduced fasting glucose levels by 6.1 percent in the healthy volunteers. The diabetics also had improvements in both fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity.

Safe for diabetics

According to the study authors, no adverse side effects were witnessed in the participants when taking the supplement.

The mushroom powder also helped to improve the liver's ability to regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates, which can improve overall blood sugar levels and organ health.

"When consumed for 2 weeks, both fasting and postprandial serum glucose levels were decreased significantly in healthy volunteers, which suggest that long-term consumption of P. ostreatus and P. cystidiosus may be beneficial to humans," the authors wrote.

The study is published in Phytotherapy Research.

Source: NUTRA Ingredients USA

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