Can medicinal mushrooms help osteoporosis? | Mushrooms Vs Osteoporosis

Mushroom extracts have shown promising effects in the treatment of cancer and various chronic diseases. 

Osteoporosis is considered one of the most widespread chronic diseases, for which currently available therapies show mixed results. 

In vitro effects of water extracts of the culinary-medicinal mushrooms Trametes versicolor, Grifola frondosa, Lentinus edodes, and Pleurotus ostreatus on a MC3T3-E1 mouse osteoblast-like cell line, primary rat osteoblasts, and primary rat osteoclasts. 

Can medicinal mushrooms help osteoporosis?

Inhibitory properties of extracts from L. edodes on osteoclasts and the promotion of osteoblasts in vitro, together with the potential to decrease lumbar spine bone loss in an animal osteoporosis model, indicate that medicinal mushroom extracts can be considered as a preventive treatment and/or a supplement to pharmacotherapy to enhance its effectiveness and ameliorate its harmful side effects.

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