Source: Franz Walker
In a bid to find new treatments for diabetes mellitus, Chinese scientists investigated Cordyceps taii, a medicinal mushroom from southern China, to see if it can be used as a possible treatment against the disease.
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic and systemic metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia and abnormalities in lipoprotein and lipid metabolism. It can result in complications, such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and atherosclerosis.
According to the International Diabetes Foundation, approximately 629 million people will have diabetes mellitus by the year 2045.
Cordyceps mushrooms are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat many diseases. In particular, the polysaccharides from C. tail have been recognized for their therapeutic potential. Studies show that C. tail polysaccharides (CTP) demonstrate antioxidant and immunoenhancing activities. (Related: Cordyceps: A strange fungi packed with a lot of health benefits.)