Food Science and Biotechnology

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 1157–1162 | Cite as

Effect of Dongchunghacho (Cordyceps militaris) on hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia in type 2 diabetic db/db mice

  • Ha-Neul Choi
  • Min-Jung Kang
  • Soo-Mi Jeong
  • Min Jeong Seo
  • Byoung Won Kang
  • Yong Kee Jeong
  • Jung-In KimEmail author
Research Article


Controlling hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia is associated with reduced risks for diabetic complications. The present study examined the effect of dongchunghacho (Cordyceps militaris; CM) on hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia in an animal model of type 2 diabetes. Fiveweek-old db/db mice were fed an AIN-93G diet or a diet containing 1% CM water extract, whereas db/+ mice were offered the AIN-93G diet for 6 weeks. Consumption of CM significantly decreased blood glycated hemoglobin and serum glucose levels, as well as homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), in db/db mice. CM significantly lowered serum triglyceride and total cholesterol levels, and increased HDL-cholesterol level. CM water extract inhibited rat intestinal α-glucosidase, with an IC50 of 182 μg/mL in vitro. These results indicate that CM exerted hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects in db/db mice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ha-Neul Choi
    • 1
  • Min-Jung Kang
    • 2
  • Soo-Mi Jeong
    • 1
  • Min Jeong Seo
    • 3
    • 4
  • Byoung Won Kang
    • 4
  • Yong Kee Jeong
    • 4
  • Jung-In Kim
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Smart Food and Drugs, School of Food and Life ScienceInje UniversityGimhae, GyeongnamKorea
  2. 2.Graduate School of EducationChangwon National UniversityChangwon, GyeongnamKorea
  3. 3.Department of BiotechnologyDong-A UniversityBusanKorea
  4. 4.Medi-Farm Industrialization Research CenterDong-A UniversityBusanKorea

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