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Astraeus hygrometricus (Pers.) is an edible fungus that grows in temperate and tropical regions. Although it is commonly consumed in Asia for its flavour and umami taste, the health benefits attributed the mushroom are very much underappreciated. Indeed, it has recently been shown that Astraeus hygrometricus (Pers.) contains a range of phytochemical compounds and other bioactive metabolites that are known to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumour properties. Results of chemical profiling have therefore led to numerous questions regarding the effect that the metabolites of Astraeus hygrometricus (Pers.) have on health, and more specifically, the potential of Astraeus hygrometricus (Pers.) in preventing diseases. This chapter outlines the most up-to-date findings on Astraeus hygrometricus (Pers.) and its role in human health.

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