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Ganoderma lucidum, a new prebiotic agent to treat obesity?

Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology volume 12, pages 553554 (2015) | Download Citation

Modulation of the gut microbiota is one of the promising tools to tackle obesity. Chang and colleagues have recently shown that an extract of the mushroom Ganoderma lucidum, a traditional remedy in Asia, can reduce obesity in mice by modulating the gut microbiota, thereby exerting a prebiotic effect.

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N.M.D. is a recipient of IWT subsidies and grants from the FRS-FNRS, the Walloon Region and the European Union's Seventh Framework Program community. L.B.B. is a postdoctoral fellow from the FRS-FNRS.

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  1. Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group, Louvain Drug Research Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Avenue E. Mounier 73, B1.73.11, 1200 Brussels, Belgium.

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