If you're a diabetic, it's quite possible you're taking a medication like gliclazide or metformin. Most diabetics I talk to don't want to take these drugs, but feel like they have to. But they're always looking for ways to lower their dosage - or get off the drugs altogether. This is very possible to do. And new research shows how a fungus can help.
In a new study, researchers wanted to find out if the supplement of Agaricus blazei Murill extract improves insulin resistance in type-2 diabetes. Agaricus blazei Murill extract comes from a specific Agaricus mushroom. Mushrooms, as you may know, are the fruit of a fungus. It's interesting that these researchers would consider a fungus for treating diabetes because diabetics are prone to yeast and fungal infections. In these cases, mushrooms are contraindicated, as they can encourage the infection. But these researchers found the mushrooms quite effective.
This study was very well done. It was a clinical randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. So the results are impressive. Here's what they did.
The researchers followed 536 registered diabetes patients. All of them had been diabetic for more than a year and had taken both gliclazide and metformin for more than six months. The researchers randomly assigned the patients to take either the Agaricus blazei Murill extract or a placebo (cellulose). They took 1,500 mg daily for 12 weeks.
The researchers then used the homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance (a standard for measuring insulin resistance) to determine how well the mushroom performed.
At the end of the study, the researchers found that the subjects who took the mushroom extract showed significantly lower scores on the assessment. Those taking the extract had scores of 3.6 versus 6.6 in the control group. That's a 46% decline in insulin resistance!
What's more, the patients taking the mushroom extract saw their plasma adiponectin concentration increased by 20%. Adiponectin is a protein that helps with glucose regulation. You want higher levels of it so your body can regulate your blood sugar without outside intervention. The control group taking the placebo saw their concentration decrease by 12%.
The researchers concluded that the mushroom extract was effective at improving "insulin resistance among subjects with type-2 diabetes. The increase in adiponectin concentration after taking the extract for 12 weeks might be the mechanism that brings the beneficial effect."
These results are great news for diabetics - and anyone suffering from prediabetes or metabolic syndrome. Any supplement that can help your body regulate blood sugar and help your body handle insulin better is going to improve your health. It could, in fact, help many people prevent the disease or help them reduce their medication needs. Make sure you work with your doctor to determine your medication requirements.
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You can find Agaricus mushrooms in many health food stores and online. The brand I recommend is MycoPhyto Complex from Advanced Bionutritionals. In addition to the Agaricus, it also contains five other mushrooms, all grown on Chinese herbs for a unique and very powerful immune-boosting combination.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.