(Natural News) The reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) and Chlorella vulgaris are known as superfoods. In a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers sought to uncover the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and synergistic properties of the two.
- Aqueous extracts from reishi (GLE) and C. vulgaris (CVE) were collected for testing. These were examined for their phytochemical content, as well as their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, synergistic, addictive, and antagonistic effects.
- Phytochemical analysis revealed the presence of phenolic compounds, flavonoids, tannins, triterpenoids, and trace minerals. Antioxidant capacity was also more potent when the extracts were combined than when used individually.
- The researchers tested the anti-inflammatory properties of the extracts on lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation and oxidative stress in stimulated white blood cells. It was observed that the combination worked better than the individual extracts in suppressing inflammation. The extracts’ anti-inflammatory-dependent antioxidant effect was also significantly higher than that of standard anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone.
The outcomes led the researchers to conclude that the extracts were used better as a combination than individually because of synergistic antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They were also effective as alternative treatments for conditions that arise from inflammation and oxidative stress.
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Abu-Serie MM, Habashy NH, Attia WE. IN VITRO EVALUATION OF THE SYNERGISTIC ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY ACTIVITIES OF THE COMBINED EXTRACTS FROM MALAYSIAN GANODERMA LUCIDUM AND EGYPTIAN CHLORELLA VULGARIS. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2018;18(1). DOI: 10.1186/s12906-018-2218-5