This review highlights some of the most promising information on five common medicinal mushrooms that are being used in clinical practice throughout the world. Although medicinal mushrooms have been used since ancient times, only recently has western medicine begun to look at research to support its use. Immunomodulating and antitumor effects of mushrooms appear to hold potential benefits through their polysaccharides, either in the form of beta glucans or protein complexes. This article will review the current literature focusing on the evidence supporting the clinical efficacy of mushrooms and their extracted derivatives and the purported mechanisms by which they modulate the human body.
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This work was supported by funding by the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.