The nutritional and health-giving properties that fungi possess are few known among the general population. These foods have many health benefits and play a very important role in disease prevention.
Fungi are an important source of B vitamins and precursors of D vitamins. They also contain essential minerals such as selenium, phosphorus and potassium, all of which are necessary for proper body function. Some of the compounds and removed portions of the fungi have shown important antitumor, cardiovascular, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral and antidiabetic properties. Specifically, the shiitake variety. Polysaccharides obtained from fungi are considered as components that are capable of modulating immune response and inhibiting the growth of certain tumors.