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A promising health promoting natural product, steamed and lyophilized mature silkworm powder: its various functionalities for humans

홍잠의 다양한 건강 증진 기능성에 대한 연구 현황

  • Lee, Hyun-Tai (Biopharmaceutical Engineering Major, Division of Applied Bioengineering, College of Engineering, Dong-eui University)
  • 이현태 (동의대학교 공과대학 바이오응용공학부 바이오의약공학전공)
  • Published : 2019.10.31

Abstract

Mature silkworms (MS) of Bombyx mori have enlarged silk glands, which are known to be enriched with various functional materials. A special steaming method has been developed for processing MS with enlarged silk glands edible, by which the MS have become a potential health supplement for improving the quality of life. Steamed and lyophilized MS powder (SMSP) has been strongly believed to have various unidentified beneficial effects for humans. Therefore, the purpose of this mini-review is to summarize the various health promoting functionalities of SMSP, which have been published in the paper so far. Firstly, SMSP increased healthspan as well as lifespan, locomotor ability, and resistance to Parkinson's disease by enhancing olfaction and mitochondrial activity in neurons. Secondly, SMSP increased resistance to carcinogens causing liver cancers, improved both acute and chronic liver function with alcohol metabolism, and prevented alcohol induced stomach ulcers. Thirdly, SMSP reduced UVB-induced skin pigmentations and melanogenesis. Taken together, SMSP can be regarded as a promising natural health product to increase incomes for sericultural farm households in Korea as well as global human health and welfare.

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