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A New Study Seeks Benefits Of Mushroom Consumption

Update Date: May 20, 2014 01:10 PM EDT

Men and women who consumed mushrooms with glucose showed a significant decrease in glucose responses compared to those who consumed glucose alone, according to a new study. The effect is more well founded in women.

Previously, studies have established that mushroom consumption has a beneficial effect on weight management, immune function and quality of life. This is the first study that examines the effects on glucose response. 

"Our results indicate that consumption of mushrooms could be useful in regulating glucose levels," said study co-author Peter Horvath, PhD, associate professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions, in the press release. "This alone may benefit individuals attempting to lose weight and who want to exercise for a longer time."

The study considered eight men and 10 women, ages 19 to 29, and their body fat measured 19.7 percent. 

According to the study glucose levels were elevated after consumption of G and MG, with levels after MG consumption higher in men at 30 minutes (p<0.02) and women at 60 (p<0.005) and 120 min (p<0.01).

Further the study found that Insulin levels were higher after G and MG consumption than after M consumption, but after MG consumption, levels showed a more gradual decline in women. There was no difference in insulin levels between G and MG groups detected in men.

The study has been published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

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