Medicinal Aspect of Mushrooms: A View Point

  • Banani Das
  • Biplab De
  • Rishiraj Chetree
  • Subhash C. Mandal


The health benefits of mushrooms find their place in the ancient texts of Greek, Roman, Chinese, and in Ayurveda. Exploration and validation of the history and ethnic knowledge of the use of mushrooms have been a basis for a number of novel bioactive agents which may serve as leads for drug discovery. Mushrooms are significantly nutritious since they are low in fat and calories, whereas they are rich in protein including essential amino acids and dietary fiber. They are also a good source of various vitamins and trace elements. Mushrooms are documented for their health-promoting and pharmacological activities like antioxidant, antidiabetic, anticancer, immunomodulating, anti-allergic, anticholesterolemic, cardiovascular protector, and hepatoprotective effects and antimicrobial benefits such as antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic. This chapter includes medicinal and health-promoting effects of different mushrooms.


Mushroom Health promoting effect Medicinal value Nutrients 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Banani Das
    • 1
  • Biplab De
    • 2
  • Rishiraj Chetree
    • 2
  • Subhash C. Mandal
    • 3
  1. 1.Government Degree CollegeDharmanagarIndia
  2. 2.Regional Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology (RIPSAT)AgartalaIndia
  3. 3.Division of Pharmacognosy, Department of Pharmaceutical TechnologyJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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