If you search Antrodia camphorata on PubMed, there are 232 related studies. If you search for studies done by last 10 years, you can find 163 articles. Antrodia camphorata has gradually become a popular research project.
Closely related to the liver health
Antrodia camphoratais a traditional herbal medicine used by Taiwan’s aborigines. It has traditionally been used to relieve pain, improve physical performance, and relieve discomfort after drinking alcohol (also known as a hangover).
If you have a certain understanding of Antrodia camphorata, you will intuitively think that the function of Antrodia camphorata is related to the liver, such as chemical injury and oxidative damage to the liver, alcoholic liver damage. Antrodia camphorata can protect, reduce injury, and accelerate recovery. It also has good effects in combating hepatitis B and C virus, as well as reducing the side effects of their treatment.
Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidation, immune regulation, anti-cancer
However, if Antrodia camphorata only helps liver, there wouldn’t be 232 studies. Extension studies of the relationship between Antrodia camphorata and liver, researchers also found the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of Antrodia camphorata in cell culture experiments. Anti-inflammatory also means stabilize immune cells and maintain immunity at normal levels, in 2015 some studies have found that Antrodia camphorata can reduce the incidence of autoimmune diseases such as Psoriasis.
Based on the ability of anti-oxidation and anti-inflammatory, it also been found to have inhibitory and resistance effects on different types of cancer cells and tumors. For example, in addition to liver cancer, researchers have found that Antrodia camphorata has been found to have a positive effect on head and neck cancer, breast cancer (MCF-7 type), small cell lung cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, etc. and in 2015 there was a study found that Antrodia camphorata has anti-metastatic effect on lung cancer cells.
Prevent parasitic infections
Living in tropical countries, parasitic infections is a problem needs to pay attentions. In 2008, there was a special study using Schistosoma mansoni as sample, found that the extract of Antrodia camphoratamycelium can also inhibit parasitic infections.
Antrodia camphoratacan also increase metabolic capacity and prevent or reduce metabolic problems. For example, in 2016, 2017, and 2019, studies have found that the ingredients in Antrodia camphorata, such as bidentate hydroporic acid (aka TT), are helpful on type 2 diabetes and hypertriglyceridemia. There is also the effect of lowering blood pressure.
In 2017, a study found that Antrodia camphorata mycelium powder could reduce body fat and weight of experimental mice. Researchers set up two groups of mice, giving high-fat high-calorie diet, but one group was giving Antrodia camphorata mycelium powder, and the other group only take high-fat high-calorie diet.
Two groups of mice gain fat at the end of the research, but the researchers found that although the weight of the mice takes high-fat high-calorie diet with Antrodia camphorata powder was also increased, the increased weight was obviously lower than the group without the Antrodia camphorata powder mycelium powder. The group of mice only take high-fat high-calorie diet increased their body weight by 23%, while the group with Antrodia camphorata mycelium powder increased their body weight by 11%. The difference in weight gain between them was as much as 12%.
You may have read some articles or fake news about Antrodia camphorata toxicity on the Internet. Don’t worry, a study in 2016 showed that a person take up to 3000mg per kilogram of body weight of Antrodia camphorata mycelium per day is consider safe, which means, even a 60kg person eat 180g of Antrodia camphoratamycelium for once is still safe and show no toxicity.180g is similar to the weight of an iPhone 11 Pro (188g), and you don't need to eat that much at all.
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