Higher Basidiomycetes and Ascomycetes mushrooms possess various immunological and anticancer properties. They also offer important health benefits and exhibit a broad spectrum of pharmacological activities including antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, cytotoxic, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiallergic, antidepressive, antihyperlipidemic, antidiabetic, digestive, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, nephroprotective, osteoprotective, and hypotensive activities. This minireview summarizes the perspectives, recent advances, and major challenges of medicinal mushrooms with reference to their nutraceutical properties and dietary value, the production of mushroom biomass on various substrates, and the purification, characterization, and pharmaceutical effects of biologically active compounds from medicinal mushrooms.
|Number of pages||18|
|State||Published - 4 May 2017|
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© 2017 Società Botanica Italiana.
- Medicinal mushrooms
- active compounds
- dietary value
- fungal biomass
- mushrooms cultivation
- nutraceutical properties
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Plant Science