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THIS MUSHROOM USED IN CHINESE MEDICINE HELPS MICE LOSE WEIGHT
IT WORKS BY FEEDING THE MICROBIOME
In the wild, a mushroom called "lingzhi" in China or "reishi" in Japan grows on dead trees in forests all over the world. But for about 2,000 years, herbalists all over Asia have been cultivating Ganoderma lucidum for its medicinal properties; it has long been thought of as a cure-all, reducing the effects of everything from asthma to heart palpitations—including anti-diabetic effects. Now a team of Taiwanese researchers has found that the mushroom’s extract can help obese mice lose weight, according to a study published today in Nature Medicine. Their hope is that the extract could also be used to help counter the human obesity epidemic, which endangers millions of lives worldwide.