Volume 19 Part 1 Article 106
Title: Different approaches for Hericium erinaceus spawn in the perspective of gluten free products
Author: Savino E., Girometta C., Baiguera R.M., Cesaroni V., Guglielminetti M.L., Rodolfi M., Rossi P., Picco A.M.
Gluten-related disorders have becoming a problem for many people which can suffer of Celiac Disease (CD), Wheat Allergy (WA) or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS). The last one is still an undefined syndrome with several unsettled issues despite the increasing awareness of its existence. These patients have to avoid to consume wheat, barley and rye grains (Elli et al., 2015). Dietary supplements based on medicinal mushrooms are commonly prepared also using grain spawn, mainly with wheat or rye grain. Hericium erinaceus (Bull.) Pers. in Asia has a long history of use to treat various human diseases. It has been adduced for a variety of physiological effects, including anti-aging, anti-cancer, anti-gastritis, anti-inflammatory and anti-metabolic disease properties (Ma et al., 2010; Khan et al., 2013). Nowadays the main interest regards its role as adaptogen for brain and nerves. Hence, it is an attractive target resource for developing functional foods or dietary supplements. As it could be used also by people with gluten-related disorders, it is becoming of great importance to have gluten free products too (Alvarez-Jubete et al., 2010; Amboni et al., 2013).