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Kusano S.,Fuji Sangyo Co. | Tamura H.,Fuji Sangyo Co. | Okazaki K.,Kagawa University
Japan Journal of Food Engineering | Year: 2015

Lactic acid bacteria primarily perform lactic acid fermentation by utilizing monosaccharides such as glucose. However, the polysaccharide fructan, which is the main component of garlic, generally cannot be fermented. We recently investigated fructan-utilizing bacteria to create lactic acid bacteriafermented garlic food and isolated the Lactobacillus plantarum S506 strain from pickled shallots. We were able to efficiently perform lactic acid fermentation with the S506 strain using garlic fructan as the only source of carbohydrate. The fermented garlic extract obtained with the isolated S506 strain as a starter markedly increased interleukin-12 (IL-12) production, an indicator of innate immune enhancement, in experiment using J774.1 macrophage-like cells derived from BALB/c mice. The main active ingredient in this IL-12 production-promoting action was suggested to be a component newly generated through fermentation. This lactic acid bacteria-fermented garlic food with a newly added immunological function is expected to be useful for maintaining health. © 2015, Japan Society for Food Engineering. All rights reserved.


Kokubo Y.,Kinjo Gakuin University | Yokoyama Y.,Tokyo University of Agriculture | Yokoyama Y.,Japan Society for the Promotion of Science | Kisara K.,Japan Women's College of Physical Education | And 8 more authors.
International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism | Year: 2016

This cross-sectional study explored the prevalence of iron deficiency (ID) and associations between dietary factors and incidence of ID in female rhythmic gymnasts during preseason periods. Participants were 60 elite collegiate rhythmic gymnasts (18.1 ± 0.3 years [M ± SD]) who were recruited every August over the course of 8 years. Participants were divided into 2 groups according to the presence or absence of ID. Presence of ID was defined either by ferritin less than 12 μg/L or percentage of transferrin saturation less than 16%. Anthropometric and hematologic data, as well as dietary intake, which was estimated via a semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire, were compared. ID was noted in 48.3% of participants. No significant group-dependent differences were observed in physical characteristics, red blood cell counts, hemoglobin, hematocrit, haptoglobin, or erythropoietin concentrations. The ID group had a significantly lower total iron-binding capacity; serumfree iron; percentage of transferrin saturation; ferritin; and intake of protein, fat, zinc, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, beans, and eggs but not iron or vitamin C. The recommended dietary allowance for intake of protein, iron, zinc, and various vitamins was not met by 30%, 90%, 70%, and 22%-87% of all participants, respectively. Multiple logistic analysis showed that protein intake was significantly associated with the incidence of ID (odds ratio = 0.814, 95% confidence interval [0.669, 0.990], p = .039). Participants in the preseason's weightloss periods showed a tendency toward insufficient nutrient intake and were at a high risk for ID, particularly because of lower protein intake. Copyright © 2016 Watam Press.


An arabinogalactan-protein (WSSP-AGP) was isolated from the tuberous cortex of the white-skinned sweet potato (WSSP; Ipomoea batatas L.). It consists of 95% (w/w) carbohydrate and 5% (w/w) protein with high contents of hydroxyproline, alanine, and serine. Its sugar composition is α-L-Rha:α-L-Ara:β-D-Gal:β-D-GlcA in a molar ratio of 1.0:4.1:7.6:1.3. Its weight-average molecular weight was estimated to be 126,800 g/mol by high-performance size exclusion chromatography coupled with multiangle laser light scattering. Structural analysis indicated that WSSP-AGP is a (1→3)-β-D-galactan highly branched at O-6 with (1→6)-β-D-galactan, in which the branched chains are substituted at the O-3 position with α-L-Araf-(1→ and α-L-Araf-(1→5)-α-L-Araf-(1→ and at the O-6 position typically with α-L-Rhap-(1→4)-β-D-GlcAp-(1→ as terminating groups. Continuous administration of WSSP-AGP to KKAy mice significantly lowered fasting plasma glucose levels. This indicates that WSSP-AGP plays an important role in the hypoglycemic effects of WSSP.


Oki N.,Fuji Sangyo Co. | Nonaka S.,Fuji Sangyo Co. | Ozaki S.,Fuji Sangyo Co.
Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry | Year: 2011

We examined the effects of an arabinogalactanprotein (WSSP-AGP) from Ipomoea batatas L. on hyperglycemia in db/db mice. An oral glucose tolerance test indicated significantly decreased plasma glucose levels by WSSP-AGP. Additionally, an insulin tolerance test found improvement in insulin sensitivity due to treatment with WSSP-AGP. This suggests that amelioration of insulin resistance by WSSP-AGP causes to lead its hypoglycemic effects.


A method for producing an orally ingestible composition containing an arabinofuranosyl vitexin and/or a hydrolysate thereof by using Basella alba as a raw material. The product of such method has a sedative effect and a sleep-inducing effect.


An object of the present invention is to produce a pharmaceutical preparation containing, as an active ingredient, a demethyl polymethoxyflavonoid having an excellent physiological activity by a method, for which a raw material is readily available and which includes a simple step and is highly safe for oral ingestion. Further, provided is a production method for 4-demethylnobiletin or 4-demethyltangeretin, including fermenting a skin or its water extract product using one or more Aspergillus molds selected from Aspergillus kawachii, Aspergillus awamori, Aspergillus oryzae, Aspergillus sojae, Aspergillus saitoi, and Aspergillus usamii to obtain a fermented product, wherein the skin is derived from at least one citrus fruit selected from citrus fruits belonging to section Acrumen in subgenus Metacitrus in genus Citrus or citrus fruits belonging to section Aurantium in subgenus Archicitrus in genus Citrus.


Provided is a fermentation product (fermented food) that has high functionality by subjecting a fructan-containing material (in particular,a material including garlic or rakkyo containing fructan, at a high concentration) directly to lactic acid fermentation without performing a heat treatment or an enzymatic treatment. More specifically, provided are: a fermentation product having an immunopotentiating effect, which is obtained by lactic acid fermentation of a fructan-containing material using a lactic acid bacterium Lactobacillus plantarum S506 strain (NITE BP-643) having fructan-utilizing ability, a mutant strain of the S506 strain having fructan-utilizing ability, or a strain isolated from Lactobacillus plantarum and having the same bacteriological properties as those of the S506 strain; and a fermented food which contains the fermentation product.


PubMed | Fuji Sangyo Company
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of agricultural and food chemistry | Year: 2010

An arabinogalactan-protein (WSSP-AGP) was isolated from the tuberous cortex of the white-skinned sweet potato (WSSP; Ipomoea batatas L.). It consists of 95% (w/w) carbohydrate and 5% (w/w) protein with high contents of hydroxyproline, alanine, and serine. Its sugar composition is -L-Rha:-L-Ara:-D-Gal:-D-GlcA in a molar ratio of 1.0:4.1:7.6:1.3. Its weight-average molecular weight was estimated to be 126,800 g/mol by high-performance size exclusion chromatography coupled with multiangle laser light scattering. Structural analysis indicated that WSSP-AGP is a (13)--D-galactan highly branched at O-6 with (16)--D-galactan, in which the branched chains are substituted at the O-3 position with -L-Araf-(1 and -L-Araf-(15)--L-Araf-(1 and at the O-6 position typically with -L-Rhap-(14)--D-GlcAp-(1 as terminating groups. Continuous administration of WSSP-AGP to KKAy mice significantly lowered fasting plasma glucose levels. This indicates that WSSP-AGP plays an important role in the hypoglycemic effects of WSSP.


An object of the present invention is to find a plant that contains a C-glucoside flavonoid having an excellent physiological activity at a high content among plants which are readily available and highly safe from the viewpoint of oral ingestion, and to produce an orally ingestible composition (in particular, a food, a beverage, or a pharmaceutical preparation) containing the C-glucoside flavonoid as an active ingredient. Provided are : aproductionmethod for an orally ingestible composition containing an arabinofuranosyl vitexin and/or a hydrolysate thereof, i.e., vitexin, and having a sedative activity and/or a sleep-inducing activity, the method including using Basella alba as a raw material; a food or beverage, including an orally ingestible composition obtained by the production method; and a drug, including a composition obtained by the production method and having a sedative activity and/or a sleep-inducing activity.


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Fuji Sangyo Co. | Date: 2013-05-20

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