REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 88-101

Medicinal mushrooms as a new source of natural therapeutic bioactive compounds


1 Chemistry of Natural and Microbial Products Department, Pharmaceutical Industries Researches Division, National Research Centre, El Buhouth St., Dokki, Giza, Egypt
2 Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd, Lancashire, PR25 2SD, UK; University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, UK
3 The Engineering Research Center of Southwest Bio–Pharmaceutical Resources, Ministry of Education, Guizhou University, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China

Correspondence Address:
Waill A Elkhateeb
Chemistry of Natural and Microbial Products Department, Pharmaceutical Industries Researches Division, National Research Centre, El Buhouth St., Dokki, 12311
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/epj.epj_17_19

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In the ancient books of traditional medicines, medicinal mushrooms were occupying the headlines, and the main topics were confirming to their miraculous therapeutic powers. The presence of various phenolic compounds, polysaccharides, and terpenoids and other compounds, is the reason for their potent biological activities as anticancer, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiaging, hepatic protective, hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolemic, and much more biological activities are discovered every day. Many mushroom genera are famous for their promising therapeutic capabilities. One of the mushrooms genera attracting attention is Cordyceps which has long been used in Asian countries for maintaining long and healthy life. Numerous studies on different metabolic activities of Cordyceps have been performed both in vitro and in vivo. This review describes the importance of medicinal mushrooms with focus on Cordyceps as an example of globally commercialized mushrooms.


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