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.
The authors declare no competing financial interests.
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Delzenne, N., Bindels, L. Ganoderma lucidum, a new prebiotic agent to treat obesity?. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 12, 553–554 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nrgastro.2015.137
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