Welcome to the Science of Mushrooms and Health website, an information resource for the latest credible scientific information on the health benefits of eating mushrooms.
The website’s central document is the Mushrooms and Health Report, a thorough review and evaluation of the state of the science linking mushrooms and health. Since the initial Report in 2008, Mushrooms and Health has been updated in 2010, 2012 and most recently in 2014. The Report is prepared under the direction of Peter Roupas, PhD, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO; www.csiro.au ), Australia's largest and most diversified food research organization. Click on the Mushrooms and Health Report 2014 tab to read the Initiative’s “Crown Jewel.”
The Bulletin, a quarterly newsletter, keeps you current on the Initiative’s activities and includes abstracts of new research on mushrooms and health. The Bulletin is your primary resource for ideas on how countries communicate nutrition research to consumers through customized messages; and includes a special column, Mushrooms Get Social, with country-specific social and digital links. Click on the MHGI Bulletin tab for current and past archived issues. You can subscribe to the Bulletin by sending e-mail contact information to: email@example.com. To contact a mushroom association near you, click on the National Mushroom Associations tab.
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Mushrooms and Health Summit Proceedings
Feeney MJ, Dwyer J, Hasler-Lewis CM, Milner JA, Noakes M, Rowe S et al. Mushrooms and Health Summit Proceedings. Journal of Nutrition published online May 8, 2014; doi:10.3945/jn.114.190728J. Proceedings from the Mushrooms and Health Summit, convened September 9-10, 2013 in WashingtonD.C. Although mushrooms have long been regarded as health-promoting foods, research specific to their role in a healthful diet and in health promotion has advanced in the past decade. Preliminary evidence suggests that mushrooms may support healthy immune and inflammatory responses through interaction with the gut microbiota, enhancing development of adaptive immunity, and improved immune cell functionality. In addition to imparting direct nutritional and health benefits, analysis ofU.S. food intake survey data reveals that mushrooms are associated with higher dietary quality. As research progresses on the specific health effects of mushrooms, there is a need for effective communication efforts to leverage mushrooms to improve overall dietary quality.