Special Issue "The Application of Mushrooms or Mushroom Extracts to Enhance Health"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Karen Bishop
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Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics/Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, 85 Park Road, Auckland, New Zealand
Interests: cancer risk/progression modified by nutrition; gene–diet interactions; dietary interventions; medicinal mushrooms; characteristics of heritage tangerine tomatoes
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Dear Colleagues,

Medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries, particularly amongst indigenous communities, to promote health and longevity. Bracket fungi, such as Ganoderma lingzhi and Fomitopsis pinicola, tend to be woody and are often consumed as extracts in the form of soup or tea, whilst the fruiting body of the more delicate Hericium erinaceus is consumed as a whole. In the modern era, medicinal mushrooms and their extracts/products are often regarded as functional foods and/or nutraceuticals. Although the term “nutraceutical” has no regulatory definition, scientific evidence supporting the health benefits of mushroom nutraceuticals is increasing, and many species carry great commercial value.

For this Special Issue, we invite authors to submit research and review articles as well as opinion pieces or hypotheses related to “The application of mushrooms or mushroom extracts to enhance health”. Review articles should be accompanied by a PRISMA flow chart (or similar), and in vitro experiments in which cell lines are utilised must state authentication details and the status of mycoplasma testing.

Dr. Karen Bishop
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • mushroom nutraceuticals
  • mushrooms as functional foods
  • anti-aging activity
  • anti-cancer activity
  • anti-diabetic activity
  • anti-inflammatory activity
  • pathogenic mushrooms in the food chain
  • consumer attitudes to mushroom nutraceuticals

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Lentinus edodes Exposure before and after Fetus Implantation: Materno-Fetal Development in Rats with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
Nutrients 2019, 11(11), 2720; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11112720 - 09 Nov 2019
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Background: The presence of β-glucans and phenolic compounds in Lentinus edodes suggests this mushroom can be used as a nutritional supplement. Two gestational conditions (before and after fetus implantation) were evaluated, and Lentinus edodes exposure was performed in diabetes mellitus rat model induced [...] Read more.
Background: The presence of β-glucans and phenolic compounds in Lentinus edodes suggests this mushroom can be used as a nutritional supplement. Two gestational conditions (before and after fetus implantation) were evaluated, and Lentinus edodes exposure was performed in diabetes mellitus rat model induced by streptozotocin in pre-clinical tests. Methods: On the 20th day of pregnancy, cesarean sections were performed. Blood was collected for biochemical, hematologic parameters and oxidative stress biomarkers. Placenta and amniotic fluid were collected, and fetuses were analyzed through morphological evaluation. Results: The mushroom did not reduce the severe hyperglycemia of the mother-concept but promoted an increase in maternal insulin levels; reduced the levels of alanine aminotransferase, and aspartate aminotransferase, triglyceride and total cholesterol; protected the animals from post-implantation losses. Liver damage induced by streptozotocin was reversed in experimental groups. Conclusions: Lentinus edodes mushroom has antioxidant properties that can minimize the damage caused by gestational diabetes mellitus. Full article
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