KOTA BHARU, Mushrooms have the potential for use in cosmetic products because of their high anti-aging and anti-oxidant content, said president of the Malaysian Mushroom Research Association Dr Azhar Mohamad.
He said the use of mushrooms in cosmetic products helps to tighten and soften the skin.
It can be done by drying out the mushrooms and then grind it into powder before mixing it with either corn flour or glutinous rice flour into a compact powder, he said.
He told this to reporters after the 9th annual general meeting of Koperasi Usahawan Cendawan Kelantan Berhad (KOKULAC) here today.
Dr Azhar, who heads the Malaysian Nuclear Agency mushroom project, said continuous consumption of mushrooms helps to stimulate the collagen, hence boost the anti-aging effect.
Mushrooms also contain polysaccharide and anti-oxidant substances that can remove free radicals in the body, hence, increase immunisation.
Mushrooms also have high fibre content and good for the digestive system, he added.
In another development, Dr Azhar called for the setting up of a National Mushroom Board to regulate the mushroom industry.
“Mushrooms have been recognised as a commodity, but there has yet to be a body set up to regulate the production, he ADDED.
Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)