(Natural News) Improve your metabolic health by consuming poria (Poria cocos) mushroom, which is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. Poria mushrooms contain a water-insoluble polysaccharide that can be used as a prebiotic for preventing and treating metabolic diseases, as well as for regulating blood sugar and lipid metabolism, according to a study published in the Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines.
In the study, researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences looked at the effects of a water-insoluble polysaccharide in poria on the prevention and treatment of metabolic disorders. To do this, the researchers treated obese and diabetic mice with the water-insoluble polysaccharide.
The results showed that treatment with the water-insoluble polysaccharide dramatically improved blood sugar and lipid metabolism in obese and diabetic mice. It also reduced the inflammation and fatty liver by modulating the mice’s gut microbiota. The water-insoluble polysaccharide increased the butyrate-producing bacteria in the gut, thereby increasing the levels of butyrate in the gut. Butyrate plays an important role in supporting gut health. It serves as the primary source of energy to the colonic mucosa and an important regulator of gene expression, inflammation, differentiation, and programmed cell death. In addition, treatment with the water-insoluble polysaccharide improved the gut mucosal integrity of the mice.
Also known as China root, poria is used in traditional Chinese medicine as an aid for many health problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, cough, diabetes, diarrhea, fatigue, high cholesterol, insomnia, stress, and tinnitus. It is also said to enhance memory, strengthen the immune system, and protect against cancer. Scientific studies have also looked at the potential benefits of this medicine, suggesting that it may protect against certain conditions. Here are some of the evidence-based benefits of Poria:
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