BBC report: Chinese well-known herb, Ganoderma Lucidum, could eventually be used in the treatment of obesity.
Commonly referred to as Ling Zhi, this ancient Chinese herb is a mushroom that is used to enhance longevity and boost health in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In China, it has been widely used to heal and fight allergies, liver disease, lung problems, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
The recent research, published in Nature Communications, suggested the mushroom reduces body weight, inflammation and insulin resistance in mice feed a high-fat diet. In their report, the team said mushroom extract “may be used as pre-biotics to reduce body weight gain, chronic inflammation and insulin resistance [type 2 diabetes] in obese individuals.“