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Evaluation of physiological functionalities of amazake in mice  [2007]

Oura, S.(Gekkeikan Sake Co. Ltd., Kyoto (Japan)); Suzuki, S.; Hata, Y.; Kawato, A.; et al.

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Amazake is a traditional Japanese beverage made from sake cake or rice-koji produced in sake-brewing process. Recent progressive studies showed that sake cake and rice-koji had various physiological functionalities, such as anti-hypertension, anti-obesity and anti-amnesia. Such functionalities were anticipated in amazake, so we investigated the effects of amazake in mice. Administration of amazake to mice fed a high fat diet for 2 weeks suppressed increases in body weight, serum concentrations of triglycerides, and intraperitoneal adipose depots accumulations. When amazake was orally administrated to salt-induced hypertensive mice, blood pressure showed a significant decrease after 50 days of breeding. When impairment of learning and memory in mice was induced by a subcutaneous injection of scopolamine, prior oral administration of amazake prevented a decrease in performance for memory and learning even in a single dose. These results demonstrated that amazake has three types of health-promoting benefits, anti-obesity, anti-hypertension, and anti-amnesia, resulting from attributions of sake cake, rice-koji, and other elements of sake-brewing. These functionalities indicated that amazake should be newly recognized as a natural and healthy drink for the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases.
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Journal of the Brewing Society of Japan (Japan)
ISSN : 0914-7314

Bibliographic information

Language:
Japanese
Type:
Summary
In AGRIS since:
2008
Volume:
102
Issue:
10
Start Page:
781
End Page:
788
All titles:
"Evaluation of physiological functionalities of amazake in mice"@eng
Other:
"Summaries (En, Ja)"
"7 fig. 14 ref."
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Bibliographic information

Language:
Japanese
Type:
Summary
In AGRIS since:
2008
Volume:
102
Issue:
10
Start Page:
781
End Page:
788
All titles:
"Evaluation of physiological functionalities of amazake in mice"@eng
Other:
"Summaries (En, Ja)"
"7 fig. 14 ref."