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Mushrooms contain various components with outstanding properties to prevent or treat different type of diseases.

Because of their low fat content, mushrooms can be used in low-calorie diets.

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The mushroom protein contains all the nine essential amino acids required by humans.

In addition they are a relatively good source of the nutrients like phosphorus, iron and vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, ascorbic acid, ergosterol, and niacin. 

Mushrooms have also been reported as therapeutic foods, useful in preventing diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and cancer. 

These functional characteristics are mainly due to the presence of dietary fibres, bioactive components, antioxidants, lectins and antimicrobial agents. 

Mushrooms with immune-modulating polysaccharides are used
as health-promoting food supplement (nutraceuticals). 

The mechanism of action of various secondary metabolites isolated from medicinal and wild edible mushroom is yet to be discovered. With respect to their high nutritional and therapeutic potential,
mushrooms can find different applications, namely as functional foods or as a source of nutraceuticals for maintenance and promotion of health and life quality.

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