Edible fungi of the Monascus species have been used as traditional Chinese medicine in eastern Asia for several centuries. Monascus-fermented products possess a number of functional secondary metabolites, including pigments, monacolins, dimerumic acid, and γ-aminobutyric acid. Several scientific studies have shown that these secondary metabolites have anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and antitumor activities. Moreover, many published reports have shown the efficacy of Monascus-fermented products in the prevention or amelioration of some diseases, including hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, and numerous types of cancer. The current article discusses and provides evidence to support the beneficial potential of Monascus-fermented metabolites in iatrical prevention.
|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Second Edition|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2014 Apr 2|
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