Mice that ingested Euglena scratched their nose less frequently than did those that did not ingest Euglena. This result suggests that ingestion of Euglena is effective in alleviating some of the symptoms of cedar pollen allergy, of which nose scratching is a typical behavior in mice suffering from this allergy.
Mice that were fed a diet containing an Euglena or paramylon powder for 2 weeks were infected with influenza virus A/PR/8/34(HINI), and then their su
Liver fibrosis in model mice, with induced NASH, was suppressed after eating a diet containing Euglena and paramylon powders for 27 days. This result suggests that the Euglena and paramylon powders effectively suppressed disease progression.
Addition of an Euglena extract to milk in a test tube, followed by incubation at a constant temperature, facilitated milk solidification into yogurt. Furthermore, pH monitoring showed that acidification of milk was accelerated by the addition of the Euglena extract. These results suggest that the addition of Euglena extract facilitates the production of lactic acid by lactic acid bacteria.
Rats with liver damage were fed a diet containing a paramylon powder. Consequently, the indicators of liver damage, such as the levels of AST and ALT in the blood, decreased with the increase of the concentration of paramylon in the diet. Additionally, no notable suppression of the activity of superoxide dismutase was observed in the rats that ingested paramylon. These results suggest that ingestion of paramylon is effective in alleviating the liver damage.
Acute gastric ulcer was induced in mice by swimming stress after feeding a diet containing an Euglena powder for 2 weeks, and the extent of gastric ulcer was investigated. A significant decrease in the area of gastric ulcer was observed in the mice that had been fed the Euglena-containing diet, suggesting that the Euglena powder can alleviate the symptoms of gastric ulcer.
Model rats were fed a diet containing an Euglena powder for 10 weeks following induction of diabetes, and then glucose was administered in a fasting state to monitor the level of blood sugar (sugar tolerance test). Consequently, the total blood sugar level within a given time(AUC) significantly declined. This result suggests a possibility that continuous intake of Euglena suppresses the elevation of the blood sugar level – a typical symptom of diabetes – and thus contributes to the prevention of diabetes and its complications or relieve the symptoms.
Ten patients with a weakened immune system ingested 1 g of a paramylon powder for 8 weeks. Consequently, an increase in the level of IFN-γ, a cytokine involved in cell-mediated immunity, and a decrease in the level of IL-4, a cytokine involved in humoral immunity, were confirmed in blood lymphocytes, suggesting a possibility that paramylon can regulate the balance of cell-mediated and humoral immunity, preventing the development of diseases caused by an unbalanced immune response.
Twenty-eight people (40–60-year-old) ingested 2 g of an Euglena powder daily. Consequently, the daily stool output, which is calculated based on the frequency of defecation per day and the mean amount of each defecation, increased, implying that Euglena may contribute to the relief of constipation.
Continuous consumption of 1 g of an Euglena powder for 2 months by 30 people with relatively high blood fat levels resulted in a significant decrease
Atopic dermatitis was induced in mice that had been fed a diet containing a paramylon powder. The results showed that dermatitis scores and serum IgE