The role of edible mushrooms in health: Evaluation of the evidence

Peter Roupas, Jennifer Keogh, Manny Noakes, Christine Margetts, Pennie Taylor

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Abstract

There have been relatively few direct intervention trials of mushroom consumption in humans, although those that have been completed to date indicate that mushrooms and their extracts are generally well-tolerated with few, if any, side-effects. Immunomodulating and anti-tumor effects of mushrooms and their extracts appear to hold potential health benefits. These benefits are primarily due to their polysaccharide content, either in the form of beta-glucans or polysaccharide-protein complexes, which appear to exert their anti-tumorigenic effects by enhancement of cellular immunity via effects on the balance of T helper cell populations and induction of certain interleukins and interferon (IFN)-γ. This review summarizes the current knowledge on edible mushrooms and their components on health outcomes, with a focus on the evaluation of the evidence from human trials. Where information is available from such trials, the active compounds are identified and their proposed mechanisms are discussed.

LanguageEnglish
Pages687-709
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Functional Foods
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Cellular immunity
  • Dietary intervention
  • Health outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Roupas, Peter ; Keogh, Jennifer ; Noakes, Manny ; Margetts, Christine ; Taylor, Pennie. / The role of edible mushrooms in health : Evaluation of the evidence. In: Journal of Functional Foods. 2012 ; Vol. 4, No. 4. pp. 687-709.
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The role of edible mushrooms in health : Evaluation of the evidence. / Roupas, Peter; Keogh, Jennifer; Noakes, Manny; Margetts, Christine; Taylor, Pennie.

In: Journal of Functional Foods, Vol. 4, No. 4, 01.10.2012, p. 687-709.

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