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Hericium erinaceus (Yamabushitake): a unique resource for developing functional foods and medicines

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Abstract

Hericium erinaceus (HE) is a fungus inhabiting the mountainous areas of the northeast territories in Asia. HE has been used in traditional folk medicine and medicinal cuisine in China, Korea and Japan. Evidence has been adduced for a variety of physiological effects, including anti-aging, anti-cancer, anti-gastritis, and anti-metabolic disease properties. Hence, HE is an attractive target resource for developing not only medicines, but also functional foods. Basic studies on the physiological functions of HE and on the chemical identification of its active ingredients have progressed in recent decades. In this article, we provide an overview of the biochemical and pharmacological studies on HE, especially of its antitumor and neuroprotective functions, together with a survey of recent developments in the chemical analysis of its polysaccharides, which comprise its major active components.

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The article was received on 12 Jun 2014, accepted on 30 Sep 2014 and first published on 01 Oct 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4FO00511B
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Food Funct., 2014,5, 3055-3064

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    Hericium erinaceus (Yamabushitake): a unique resource for developing functional foods and medicines

    M. Wang, Y. Gao, D. Xu, T. Konishi and Q. Gao, Food Funct., 2014, 5, 3055
    DOI: 10.1039/C4FO00511B

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