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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


VINHAL COSTA ORSINE, J.; VINHAL DA COSTA, R.  and  CARVALHO GARBI NOVAES, M.ª R.. Mushrooms of the genus Agaricus as functional foods. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2012, vol.27, n.4, pp.1017-1024. ISSN 1699-5198.

Mushrooms of the genus Agaricus are noted for their pharmacological and culinary properties. In this study, it was performed a critical literature review, focusing primarily on aspects of the chemical composition of these mushrooms whose pharmacological properties and nutritional composition characterize them as functional foods. It was also discussed articles conducted in vitro and in vivo proving the high antioxidant potential of the Agaricaceae family, in addition to articles which emphasize the toxicity characteristics and safety for its use in therapy or in human nutrition. These mushrooms exhibit numerous bioactive substances as well as safety regarding toxicity, which characterize them as functional foods. Despite the countless beneficial effects on human health, mushrooms of the genus Agaricus are little known by the population, making it necessary partnership and combined efforts among producers, industries and researchers in order to disseminate, research and consumption of these foods.

Keywords : Agaricaceae; Health; Medicinal foods.

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