Lentinan and shiitake mycelium
The shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) is the second most popular edible mushroom in the world. The mushroom and its components have been studied intensely for a long time with records going back over 3000 years. It has been shown that a beta glucan cell wall constituent extracted from fruiting bodies or the mycelium of the Shiitake mushroom has anticancer, antiviral and anti-microbial properties . The beta glucan is known as Lentinan (β-1,3:β-1,6-glucan). It has been studied extensively for immune modulating/stimulating effects and anticancer effects [2,3].
Lentinan and Shiitake mycelium concentrate are high molecular beta glucan products produced from the Shiitake mushroom . In its native state the beta glucan molecule has a triple helix structure and breaking the structure to single helix will impair the efficacy of the beta glucan molecule. The production method commonly used to produce Lentinan damages the triple helix structure of the beta glucan molecule whilst the production method used for Shiitake mycelium concentrate leaves the beta glucan in its triple helix structure. This new production method and the composition of the mycelium concentrate product are patented. Read more »