An overview of culinary and medicinal mushrooms in neurodegeneration and neurotrauma research

Wong, Kah Hui and Ng, Chai Chee and Gowri, Kanagasabapathy and Yow, Yoon Yen * (2017) An overview of culinary and medicinal mushrooms in neurodegeneration and neurotrauma research. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, 19 (3). pp. 191-202. ISSN 1521 9437

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Culinary and medicinal mushrooms have been appreciated since prehistoric times as valuable resources for food and medicine. Edible mushrooms represent an untapped source of nutraceuticals and valuable palatable food. Long considered tonics, they are now treasured as functional foods that can improve human health and quality of life. Numerous studies have provided insights into the neuroprotective effects of edible mushrooms, which are attributed to their antioxidant, antineuroinflammatory, and cholinesterase inhibitory properties, and their ability to prevent neuronal death. Here we review the recent literature on the role of culinary and medicinal mushrooms in the management of neurodegenerative diseases and neurotrauma. We highlight some of the molecular mechanisms for how these alternative medicines provide health benefits that could help us to harness their neuroprotective effects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: central nervous system disorders; medicinal and edible mushrooms; neuroprotection; neuro-regeneration; oxidative stress; peripheral neuropathy
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Science and Technology > Dept. Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 31 May 2017 01:33
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 07:50

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