Lion’s mane mushroom; new addition to food and natural bounty for human wellness: A review

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Lion’s mane mushroom; new addition to food and natural bounty for human wellness: A review

Syed Asim Shah Bacha, Shujaat Ali, Ye Li, Hamid ur Rehman, Saqib Farooq, Aamar Mushtaq, Safdar Ali Wahocho, Syed Muhammad Aslam
Int. J. Biosci.13( 4), 396-402, October 2018.
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Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus) is an important wild edible mushroom widely distributed throughout North America, Europe, China and Japan having good dietetic and pharmacological activities. H. erinaceus is rich source of proteins, carbohydrates, crude fiber, low fats and ash. Moreover it also contains calcium, thiamin, minerals, vitamins, essential amino acids and soluble sugars such as arabitol, glucose, mannitol, inositol and trehalose. H. erinaceus is rich source of physiologically important polysaccharides such as Hericenones A-B, Erinacines A–I, Hericenones C–H, Hericirine and polyphenols. These polysaccharides play vital role in regulating and curing various diseases such as blood pressure, cholesterol metabolism, liver problems, cancer, obesity, ulcer and diabetes. H. erinaceus or lion mane mushroom have mild pleasant taste and can be used for salads, soups, risottos, or as a delicious side dish (Boddy et al., 2003). This review article is entitled to provide information regarding various nutritional and medicinal uses of lion’s mane mushroom.


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