Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia
versão impressa ISSN 0102-695X
RATHEE, Sushila et al. Mushrooms as therapeutic agents. Rev. bras. farmacogn. [online]. 2012, vol.22, n.2, pp. 459-474. Epub 21-Out-2011. ISSN 0102-695X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-695X2011005000195.
Mushrooms have been known for their nutritional and culinary values and used as medicines and tonics by humans for ages. In modern terms, they can be considered as functional foods which can provide health benefits beyond the traditional nutrients. There are monographs that cover the medicinal and healing properties of some individual traditional mushrooms. There has been a recent upsurge of interest in mushrooms not only as a health food which is rich in protein but also as a source of biologically active compounds of medicinal value which include complementary medicine/dietary supplements for anticancer, antiviral, hepatoprotective, immunopotentiating and hypocholesterolemic agents. However the mechanisms of the various health benefits of mushrooms to humans still require intensive investigation, especially given the emergence of new evidence of their health benefits. In the present paper the medicinal potential of mushrooms is being discussed.
Palavras-chave : mushrooms; functional food; therapeutic agents; nutraceuticals.