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BIORESEARCH UPDATE NEWS LETTER #1 Medici...

  Medicinal Mushrooms  For OPTIMUM HEALTH AND LONGEVITY  Ken Babal, C.N. We all know that vitamin and mineral supplements can augment diets by providing essential nutrients that ward off disease. Likewise, botanicals can help us stay well, and can be used medicinally. There is yet a third category that ranks high for cultivating optimum health and resistance to disease. This is the mushroom category. Mushrooms are members of the fungal family, sometimes referred to as the third kingdom. Being neither plant nor animal, they possess highly unique characteristics that...
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Shiitake Mushrooms (Lentinus edodes)

Shiitake Mushrooms (Lentinus edodes) Overall Energy and Liver Enhancer Shiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes), very popular worldwide as an edible mushroom, has history of artificial cultivation dating as far back as the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in China. Lentinan, derived from fruit body of Shiitake, is one of the three mushroom origin anti-cancer drugs approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan. Lentinan exhibits strong immune responses and has been extensively studied in association with cancers and viral infections. Shiitake contains a variety of...
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[#2010-21] Shiitake Itoh, Ayano et al. H...

Hepatoprotective Effect of Syringic Acid and Vanillic Acid on CC14 ­Induced Liver Injury Ayano ITOH, a  Katsuhiro ISODA, a  Masuo KONDOH, a  Malaya KAWASE, a  Akihiro WATARI, a Masakazu KOBAYASHI,b Makoto TAMESADA,b and Kiyohito YAGI * ‘a a Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University; 1-6 Yamada-oka, Saha, Osaka 565-0871, Japan: and b Research and Development Center, Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; 1-30-3 Toyokawa, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0057, Japan. Received December 22, 2009; accepted March 16, 2010; published online March 19, 2010 The...
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[#2010-09] Both common and specialty mus...

Both common and specialty mushrooms inhibit adhesion molecule expression and in vitro binding of monocytes to human aortic endothelial cells in a pro-inflammatory environment Keith R Martin Abstract Background: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of mortality in the United States as well as globally. Epidemiological studies show that regular fruit and vegetable consumption reduces CVD risk, in part, due to antioxidant activity and immunomodulation since oxidative stress and inflammation are features of atherogenesis. Accumulating evidence also shows that...
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[#2010-08] Inorganic Iodine Content of c...

INORGANIC IODINE CONTENT OF COMMON, EDIBLE MUSHROOMS J. VETTER* Department of Botany, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Szent István University, Hungary The edible mushrooms have different valuable chemical properties (proteins, minerals, aromatic compounds, low lipid and energy contents, etc.) but there are practically no data about the iodine content. The aim of this work was to produce new data on the iodine content of the common edible mushrooms. The inorganic iodine contents of different wild growing (n=49) and cultivated (n=30) mushroom samples were analysed. A partly...
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[#2009-18] Shiitake Ayano Itoh et al. ...

Hepatoprotective Effect of Syringic Acid and Vanillic Acid on Concanavalin A-Induced Liver Injury Ayano ITOH, Katsuhiro ISODA, Masuo KONDOH,  Masaya KAWASE, Masakazu KOBAYASHI, Makoto TAMESADA, and Kiyohito YAGI   The edible mushroom Lentinula edodes (shiitake) contains many bioactive compounds. In the present study, we cultivated L. edodes mycelia ( Shiitake ) in solid medium and examined the hot-water extract (L.E.M.) for its suppressive effect on concanavalin A (ConA)-induced liver injury in mice. ConA injection into the tail vein caused a great in­crease in the...