Mushrooms Indigenous to Nigeria as Potential Source of Myconutraceuticals – A Review

Order of Publishing in Issue: 
2
Volume :2
Issue :4
October, 2008
Page No: 
471 -477
Authors: 
V. O. Oyetayo
Address: 
Key Laboratory of Systematic Mycology and Lichenology, Institute of Microbiology Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
Address: 
Department of Microbiology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Email-ID: 
ovofuta@yahoo.com

Mushrooms have high contents of qualitatively good protein, crude fibre, mineralsand vitamins but are poor sources of lipids. Apart from their nutritional potentials, they are alsoknown to possess promising anticancer, immunostimulatory, cardiovascular, hypocholesterolaemic and antibacterial effects.They are sources of vast and yet largely untapped powerful biopharmaceuticals. It has been estimated that about 140,000 mushrooms are on earth and only 10% are known. A large numberof the unknown mushroom resides in Africa and maybe largely in Nigeria because there are nosufficient data on indigenous mushroom in this part of the globe. This write up intend to directattention of researchers into the potential of Nigerian indigenous mushroom as sources of newmyconutraceuticals.

Keywords: 
Potential, myconutraceuticals, Nigeria, indigenous, mushroom
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