Fungi for Human Health [electronic resource] : Current Knowledge and Future Perspectives / by Uzma Azeem, Khalid Rehman Hakeem, M. Ali
- Azeem, Uzma
- Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2020.
- 1st ed. 2020.
- Physical Description:
- XII, 113 pages 11 illustrations, 2 illustrations in color : online resource
- Additional Creators:
- Hakeem, Khalid Rehman, Ali, M., and SpringerLink (Online service)
- Chapter 1: Introduction -- Chapter 2: Taxonomy -- Chapter 3: Ecology and Distribution -- Chapter 4: Ethnomycology -- Chapter 5: Toxigenic Fungi -- Chapter 6: Nutritional Significance -- Chapter 7: Bioactive Constituents and Pharmacological Activities -- Chapter 8: Commercialization and Conservation -- Chapter 9: Outlook and Future Prospects -- Chapter 10: Concluding Remarks.
- Current research lays emphasis on exploring natural products for use in nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals to overcome various side effects of synthetic drugs. Fungi occupy an eminent position among natural sources of food and medicinal importance since ancient times. Many fungal species have been eaten as food and used in folk medicine for the treatment of many human ailments as mentioned in traditional medical literature. However, scanty information is available pertaining to the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical importance of fungi which merits an extensive review. This book spotlights the use value macrofungi in human health. Macrofungi with health benefitting properties largely belong to Basidiomycota followed by Ascomycota growing indoor (cultivated) and outdoor (wild). We endeavoured to throw light on the benefits of macrofungal taxa in relation to their food and medicinal significance in human life. We provided knowledge pertaining to the ethnomycological significance of macrofungi with respect to their uses as food and medicine by the people inhabiting different parts of the world. This book highlights the nutritional composition and bioactive compounds present in macrofungi. We also focused on the pharmacological activities of macrofungi contributing towards their medicinal value against several human disorders. We cited many commercially available nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products of macrofungal origin. This work will hopefully serve as a basic reference for general public, mycologists, researches and industry men, interested in consumption, research and marketing of macrofungi.
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