Monthly Archives: May 2011

Shiitake Mushroom Against AIDS

The plague of modern humankind has been the common cold. In current times, however, more serious viral infections, some leading to certain death, have plagued society, including hepatitis B (a liver disease transmitted through transfusions, the use of unsterile needles, or other blood-to-blood contact) and HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). Whether shiitake can cure […]

Shiitake’s lentinan trials against cancer

In 1969, researchers at Tokyo’s National Cancer Center Research Institute isolated a polysaccharide compound from shiitake that they named lentinan. Doses of 0.5 to I mg lentinan per kilogram of body weight caused tumors in laboratory mice to regress or disappear in 80 to 100% of the subjects. Researchers have since demonstrated that lentinan works […]

Shiitake Mushroom to fight against Heart Disease

The body could not function without cholesterol, which helps break down fats, or lipids, in the small intestine so that they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. In the liver, cholesterol combines with lipids and proteins in the blood to form various complexes called lipoproteins (LDL or “bad” cholesterol). It has been linked to clogged […]

Shiitake mushroom and Hepatitis

  Active constituentsbeta(1-3),(1-6)D-glucans The significant antiviral and immune stimulating properties of Shiitake were not recognised until Japanese scientists isolated several important compounds from Shiitake with well-studied pharmacological effects including LEM and Lentinan2. The major active constituent of Lentinan is a protein-bound polysaccharide. It contains about 24.6% protein and 44% sugars. The polysaccharide of Shiitake is […]