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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2 (2005), Issue 3, Pages 285-299
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/neh107
Review

The Pharmacological Potential of Mushrooms

Institute of Pharmacy, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Strasse 17, 17487 Greifswald, Germany

Received 26 November 2004; Accepted 11 July 2005

Copyright © 2005 Ulrike Lindequist et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This review describes pharmacologically active compounds from mushrooms. Compounds and complex substances with antimicrobial, antiviral, antitumor, antiallergic, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, antiatherogenic, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective and central activities are covered, focusing on the review of recent literature. The production of mushrooms or mushroom compounds is discussed briefly.