Mushroom nutriceuticals

Abstract

There has been a recent upsurge of interest in mushrooms as a source of biological active compounds of medicinal value including anti-cancer, anti-viral, immunopotentiating, hypocholesterolaemic and hepatoprotective agents. This new class of compounds, termed ‘mushroom nutriceuticals’, are extractable from either the fungal mycelium or fruiting body and represent an important component of the expanding mushroom biotechnology industry.

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The authors are with the Department of Biology, and the Centre for International Services to Mushroom Biotechnology. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

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Chang, S.T., Buswell, J.A. Mushroom nutriceuticals. World J Microbiol Biotechnol 12, 473–476 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00419460

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Key words

  • Bioactive compounds
  • cultivated mushrooms
  • mushroom nutriceuticals
  • polysaccharide-protein complexes