Effects of the medicinal mushroom Agaricus blazei Murill on immunity, infection and cancer

Scand J Immunol. 2008 Oct;68(4):363-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3083.2008.02156.x.


Agaricus blazei Murill (AbM) is an edible, medicinal mushroom of Brazilian origin. It is used traditionally against a range of diseases, including cancer and chronic hepatitis, and has been cultivated commercially for the health food market. AbM has recently been shown to have strong immunomodulating properties, which has led to increasing scientific interest. In this article, we review current knowledge as to the immunological properties of AbM, and its possible clinical use in connection with infections and cancer. We also present some novel findings, which point to highly different biological potency between AbM extracts of different source and manufacturing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Agaricus* / chemistry
  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Immune System / drug effects*
  • Infections / drug therapy*
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*