Pharmacological and nutritional benefits of mushrooms


  • Arun Kushwaha Mushroom Research and Training Centre, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar263145, Uttarakhand
  • Anil Kumar P.B.G, B.A.U., Sabour-813210, Bihar, India


Health, Nutritional composition, Oyster mushroom, Pharmacological properties,


Mushrooms are the valuable food source with diverse nutritional and medicinal properties. This review highlights their potential as a rich source of bioactive compounds and explores their pharmacological effects. Mushrooms exhibit anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidative, anti-viral, anti-diabetic, and anti-allergic properties. They contain essential nutrients, including proteins, vitamins, minerals, and nutraceuticals. Different types of mushrooms possess unique compositions and medicinal properties. The bioactive compounds found in mushrooms, such as triterpenes, polysaccharides, and amino acids, contribute to their pharmacological activities. Mushrooms are a source of macronutrients, B-complex vitamins, vitamin D, and minerals, and they demonstrate various biological activities, including anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. Understanding the nutritional and pharmacological value of mushrooms can drive their application in functional foods and therapeutic interventions, benefiting urban as well as rural individuals with degenerative and metabolic diseases.

Author Biography

Anil Kumar, P.B.G, B.A.U., Sabour-813210, Bihar, India

Assistant Professor cum Jr. Scientist


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How to Cite

Kushwaha, A., & Kumar, A. (2023). Pharmacological and nutritional benefits of mushrooms. The Journal of Rural Advancement, 11(1), 66–72. Retrieved from